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How do your military skills translate to jobs for veterans in the UK?


It’s common to assume that a lot of the experiences you’ve acquired over the years won’t translate easily to a civilian setting, but this is not the case. In fact, there are a wide range of skills that will be in high demand among employers.

Often, it will simply be a matter of making sure you’re framing your talents in the right way when looking for ex-military jobs. So what should you be highlighting and how can armed forces leavers go about presenting themselves in the best light, whether this is on a CV or in an interview?

What transferable skills are in demand among employers?

There are essentially two types of skills you’ll have picked up in the military that will be of great interest to employers. The first are the ‘hard’ skills that come with your specific role. So for example, if you were a systems engineer in the Royal Navy, a knowledge of electrical or electronics engineering will be of huge value to employers across a wide range of sectors. Elsewhere, signals and intelligence officers will likely have a broad range of IT knowledge that can be applied in the civilian workforce.

These transferable skills are often among the easiest to highlight to employers, especially if you’re looking to transition into a sector where the day-to-day work closely resembles your military life. But what if you’re looking to move in a different direction when looking for jobs for veterans in the UK, or you don’t feel you have these specialist qualifications?

What other skills does the military equip its veterans with?

Fortunately, there is another set of skills that the military teaches its servicemen and women that employers will desire. These are known as ‘soft’ skills, but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re any less important. In fact, these experiences are often even more useful, as they are non role-specific and will be of value across almost any type of work.

The skills that are particularly valued in the military include:

  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Adaptability
  • Planning and preparation
  • Integrity and trustworthiness

These are all values that are instilled into servicemen and women across every branch of the armed forces and will often give you a leg-up over other candidates when it comes to employers making decisions for a role – so be sure to emphasise them.

Where can you learn about what employers are looking for in ex-military candidates?

Don’t just take our word for it. The best way to learn more about what skills employers are looking for – and understand how ex-armed forces personnel can help businesses – is to meet them face-to-face. This is one of the best reasons to attend a careers fair that’s dedicated to helping UK veterans find jobs.

At VeteranUK events, for example, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with hirers from some of the UK’s biggest providers of ex-military jobs, many of which are officially recognised by the government. You’ll also be able to talk to specialist recruitment agencies and training providers who can advise on exactly what skills you should promote to get the attention of employers.

Register for free today to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to embark on your post-military career at a company that understands what you have to offer.


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