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The founder of Ex-military Careers James Lawrence talks about his motivations behind starting Ex-Military Careers, what the benefits are when hiring ex-forces professionals, and what is in store for us in the future.
Why did you start Ex-Military Careers?
“I founded Ex-Military Careers due to my own frustrations in trying to access civilian employment after leaving the Army. I found that although there were companies set up, to help officers, there were only a small number of recruitment firms specialising in ex-military personnel.
I quickly identified a gap in the market, recognising that there were no recruitment firms offering a full recruitment service to ex-military personnel. Ex-Military Careers aims to bridge the gap between military and civvy street.”
What is the biggest achievement/impact with Ex-Military Careers?
“Ex-Military Careers has become a global programme and bridges the gap for veterans to access employment. One of the biggest achievements is placing and mentoring professionals into employment. This is what motivates me and enables us to know we are making an impact for our ex-forces community.”
How can businesses get involved with Ex-military Careers?
“Businesses can get involved with us a few ways:
Reach out to us to find out how you can get involved.”
How can ex-forces personnel help to innovate teams?
“Ex-military personnel have a huge skill set and determination to succeed. Most veterans are natural leaders and are always willing to learn new skills to improve themselves. Veterans are selfless, team players, communicators, go-getters and most importantly, problem solvers.”
What are the benefits of employing ex-military professionals?
“Highly trained workforce, and a ‘can do’ attitude. Military workers are very task-and-results orientated and are used to motivating and inspiring themselves and their teams to work in a productive, dynamic environment. They are taught to exercise collaboration and co-operation in order to achieve their targets, as the military thrives on structure and organisation.”
What advice would you give to veterans who are looking for civilian employment?
“I would recommend knowing what you want to do and work towards it. Ask yourself, ‘am I going to enjoy this?’ You don’t want to work towards a career in Civvy Street to then realise you don’t like it, that’s why planning is important.
Also reach out to the community and network. Building your network can open up doors that you may not have even known existed.”
What does the future hold for Ex-Military Careers?
“We have set up in the USA; we have also seen an increase in emerging countries joining our platform, such as India and Brazil. I’m excited for the future, in continuing on our mission of bridging the gap between military and civvy street for ex-military personnel.”
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