More Career Paths into Civilian Medicine & Healthcare

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Whether you’re already medically qualified or had your appetite whetted by training or experience while in uniform, civilian healthcare and medicine offer excellent career prospects.

Adapted from Civvy Street Magazine, September & October 2013

No return to civilian life and career is that simple, but it’s fair to say that, if you’re looking to enter the civilian medical profession after discharge, your chances of success are good; you come with the kind of managerial training and cross-specialism experience that marks you out from your civilian peers.

Even if your time in uniform hasn’t been within any of the Army, Royal Navy or RAF medical services, the path ahead is reasonably clear; your core Military skills align very well with the values and standards of the medical professions.

Plus, you know more than you think; regardless of your previous specialism, you’ll have more basic medical training than most civilians; you’ll have been taught about health protection, infection control and environmental health — plus, of course, some level of battlefield First Aid, even if it’s just self-care.

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Choosing a Franchise – Top Tips

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With the thousands of franchise opportunities available it can be a daunting task to decide which one is for you.  

Adapted from CivvyStreet Magazine, September 2013. Words: Suzie McCafferty, Managing Director, Platinum Wave

This article aims to offer some practical advice based on my 14 years experience of running successful franchise networks as well as helping other businesses to franchise and recruit franchisees. Here are 12 steps to consider:

1 Are you suited to being your own boss?

Although you should receive excellent training and support from any reputable franchisor at the end of the day the development of the business in your franchise territory is your responsibility. It will require hard work; dedication and you will have to make sacrifices. Can you follow a system? – franchisors do not like mavericks! It is fine to use your initiative but the franchisor has already developed a business system, which is proven to be successful and profitable – there is no point trying to reinvent the wheel.

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A Secure Career

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However long you’ve been in the Armed Forces, you’ll have invaluable skills and experience when it comes to security–and the good news is, it’s a booming sector!

Adapted from CivvyStreet Magazine, October 2013. 

Civvy Street can be a tough place. People, property, private assets and both public and commercial operations are potentially at risk from all kinds of unwanted attention, criminal or otherwise. While private security has always been around, it has certainly moved on from the old days of night watchmen warming their hands at a brazier or the simple alarm systems that, when triggered, rang a bell mounted on an outside wall!

The UK’s private security sector now employs around half a million people, contributing approximately £6 billion to the UK economy. It covers everything from operating CCTV and intruder alarms to physical security measures including the deployment of trained close protection personnel. In recent years, it has also expanded into activities that, while previously undertaken by police officers, have no requirement for police powers to carry them out.

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On The Road

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Opportunities behind the wheels of Britain’s haulage and passenger transport fleets are both numerous and growing.

Adapted from Civvy Street Magazine, September 2013. Words: Paul Fletcher

Although it might be more Eddie Stobart than Ice Road Truckers, driving large goods vehicles (LGVs) and passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) in the UK is both a good way of seeing the country and earning a decent wage, with salaries regularly exceeding £30,000.

What’s more, the sector offers careers well suited to numerous Service-leavers, given the central role of logistics in the Armed Forces and the variety of substantial vehicles they deploy.

Moreover, it’s a growth industry – according to the latest government figures, for example, road haulage currently accounts for 68% of all goods moved in the UK compared with 53% in 1980, and now employs 220,000 people. The bus and coach sector meanwhile employs 212,000 people.

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From Officers’ Mess To Boardroom

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If you’ve commanded Personnel in your time, your civilian career could be heading straight for the company boardroom!

Adapted from CivvyStreet Magazine, October 2013.

These days there are plenty of well-trodden paths for non-commissioned officers and other ranks between the Armed Forces and many a successful civilian career; popular options include the Emergency Services, and the security, transport, or construction sectors. If you’re leaving as an officer (however junior), your options are just as good; the command and management experience at your fingertips could well take you into the boardroom, or at least deposit you pretty high up the corporate ladder.

Having any rank (and the responsibility that comes with it) in the Armed Forces can be excellent preparation for a managerial career. There might not seem to be a direct correlation between guiding operations in Afghanistan and, say, managing a machine plant in Twickenham or a financial services company in the City of London, but your time in uniform will certainly hone a host of ‘transferrable’ managerial skills. Yes, your civilian peer might have gained a great MBA but, according to Michael Jordan of US company EDS, while that qualification can “give you the tools and familiarity” with making decisions, Military experience puts you “in a real-world situation”.

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