There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that, when it comes to job applications, experience is king.
This can often be a major source of concern for service leavers who find themselves leaving the military with little to no experience of civilian work. But it needn’t be.
The reason employers place such high value on experience is because experience develops numerous essential characteristics and skills that inexperienced candidates could simply never possess.
Fortunately, a military career provides such a wide range of experiences, compacted into a relatively short amount of time, that service leavers are often perfectly equipped for roles in project management, IT and business management.
In fact, service leavers often find that they possess multiple skills and attributes that they might not possess without their time in the military.
Identifying and utilising these skills and attributes can be critical in helping find the right career path for service leavers once their military career is over.
The importance of transferable skills when making the transition from a military career to a civilian career cannot be underestimated. Whether you're still in the military, you’re in the process of leaving, or you’ve already left and are actively looking for a job, the skills you do and don’t possess are what employers will use to differentiate you from other candidates.
But where do service leavers often have the upper hand over their civilian counterparts in areas such as IT, project management and business management? Here are five key skills and characteristics that many service personnel possess that make them great for roles in these fields:
- Communication skills. Being a good communicator is essential when conveying instructions and sharing information. You need to be persuasive, clear and convincing. These are all traits that are developed in the Forces.
- Emotional intelligence. As a service leaver, you’ve almost certainly worked with people in stressful environments, often internationally. People-centred thinking is essential in Scrum roles; you’ll quickly discover that a Scrum Master is only as good as their people skills.
- Leadership skills. If you possess the ability to inspire, motivate and influence your colleagues, you’re already a natural leader. Couple this with the ability to make smart and snappy decisions, set clear objectives and show resourcefulness, and it’s likely you’ll make a straightforward transition to a civilian leadership role.
- Organisational skills. Things like time management, resource management and administration have probably been drilled into you for years. You’ll find that you’re able to use this experience to prioritise, coordinate and lead.
- Problem-solving skills. An analytical individual who actively tries to find solutions rather than just problems is highly sought after. Military personnel are trained to overcome obstacles often in pressured environments which will directly benefit large organisations.
These five attributes are evidence that military experience provides a great foundation for service leavers looking to start a second career in the civilian world.
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