We hosted our second Ex-Military Careers webinar, ‘The Road to Wall Street: A Journey for Veterans,’ in collaboration with Broadgate Search Social. We explored how ex-military personnel have made their mark in financial services, discussing career pathways and best practices.
The panel discussed the transition period from leaving the military, and how a tighter focus on soft skills was required. Christopher Gerda advised our panel that listening and having empathy is key, and by enabling yourself to do this, you will ‘rise up’ as a leader in your organisation.
With hybrid models of working becoming the norm, James Ferguson, MBA reflected on his transition to home working this past year. By implementing an agenda for each day, he was able to make healthier decisions that were enriching as well as mentally stimulating. We also spoke about connecting with others virtually, particularly through LinkedIn groups and University veteran centres.
Our audience were keen to understand how exactly they can make themselves ‘marketable’ within the financial services sector. Chris explained how ex-military personnel ‘already are’ highlighting the synergies between actions taken in the military and financial services, concluding that in an interview situation, you will be able to find actionable responses to anything that may be asked. Derek L. added that it is important to take note of this information by creating a financial services resume; translating skills into a civilian language.
We’d like to thank our expert panel for all their insights, as well as our audience, who joined us on both Zoom and LinkedIn live. If you weren’t able to join us, check out our video footage: