Career advice

Career Pursuit – a career guide for military families on the move

Moving around with your Serving partner doesn’t mean you have to give up on your own ambitions and aspirations, Helen Massey shares who can help you through with her brand new career guide.

Career Pursuit is for all ‘other halves’ of the Armed Forces, it's free and offers career support, advice, resources and top tips, including setting up and running your own business.

Author of Career Pursuit, Helen Massey said:

'Moving with the military can have an impact on your career and inspirations. I have been a military partner / spouse for over 17 years and during that time I have completely changed my career. Career pursuit had been designed to help military spouses and veterans facing a similar transition. 

There is a wealth of support available in one place. With advice, resources and top tips from successful entrepreneurs and experts, you see that moving around with your military partner does not mean giving up on your own ambitions, and it may even help propel you to the next level. Just click on the front cover to read the full guide. Happy reading!'

You can access Career Pursuit online. 

 

 Families Employment Advisor  - Army Welfare Service - Northern Ireland

 The Families Employment Advisor assists and advises the dependants of Service Personnel on the issues relating to finding employment in Northern Ireland.

The Advisor covers NI and will provide local information relating to the area in which you live and work.
Advice and information is available to all dependants (both partners and school leavers).

We offer information on a wide range of topics, for example:

  • Focused employment searches
  • NI specific employment information
  • Job centre contact details
  • Vacancies in local press and online
  • Information on colleges and universities
  • Employment agencies and how to register
  • Civil service applications – MOD and NI Civil service
  • Signposting service for specialist advice on careers changes
  •  CV writing / updating advice
  •  “Civilianising” your CV
  •  Interview techniques and skills
  •  Signposting for security advice on external firms.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The Families’ Employment Advisor continues to provide the dependants of the serving Service Personnel in Northern Ireland with information, advice & guidance on all aspects of seeking employment, further education and training throughout their time in Northern Ireland.

 

Forces CV and Career Services

Since 2010 we have helped 1000's of members of the military community to communicate their vast range of skills and expertise to employers and secure their next job fast! We provide interview - winning CV's, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, help our clients to become clear on their career direction and perform well at interview. 

We offer free CV health checks and prices discounted against normal civilian rates.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The company was founded by former military spouse, Sian Richardson. We work with the military community at all levels across the tri-services. Our coaching specialist is also a current military spouse and former member of the RAF. We hold the Bronze AFC award and work closely with a number of military organisations, including BFRS whose events we attend to give free CV and career advice. 

Visit the Forces CV website to find out more. 

 

Higher Futures

Higher Futures offers a comprehensive skills service to the military community. With the largest concentration of army resources in the country, Wiltshire and Swindon is fortunate to have a wealth of highly skilled and resilient people to boost our employment talent pool.

Our specialist consultants offer:

  • Support for the military community in accessing a university level education
  • Support for veterans and reservists to further develop their military skills into civilian recognised qualifications to enhance their employment prospects
  • Access to work experience placements in a variety of sectors across the region
  • Local, flexibly delivered university level courses through our network of UK wide universities and colleges
  • Advise on how to keep training costs down by using the accreditation of any prior learning
  • An end to end brokerage service providing access to bespoke higher level education designed to meet specific needs
  • A range of offers for military personnel and their families including information on local job vacancies
  • Advice on potential sources of funding to benefit all members of the military community.

Have a look at our case studies.  Visit the Higher Futures site to find out more.

 

LifeWorks Families, Royal British Legion Industries

Free & Online

A fully funded support service to help military spouses and partners get the job they want. 

LifeWorks Families is available to all spouses, partners and dependants of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the British Armed Forces, including Reserves. The course covers a range of topics from job searching to confidence building and challenging those limiting beliefs. It's available in a range of formats, as a 3 day flexible course, as remote coaching support and online. It's completely free. The course is fully funded by Armed Forces charities.

The LifeWorks-Families team remain here to support the military community during these difficult times and it’s important for everyone to know – LifeWorks Still Works! Our understanding career coaches and vocational assessors are on call to support remotely and via our online portal and all you need to do is register, call 0800 319 6844 or send us a quick email to lifeworks@rbli.co.uk and we will do the rest. Military families are positive, adaptable and hugely resilient and as a result, will continue to play a vital part in supporting those around them. Stay Well, Stay Connected and Stay Busy.

Looking for your first job? 18+, just left school? 

We know that the current situation will have impacted hugely on school leavers who have been unable to receive career support, direction and guidance. We can help!

 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

RBLI has been improving the lives of our Armed Forces since 1919. Leading the way in providing high quality and life-changing support to the whole Armed Forces Community every day across the UK and abroad.  There are many ways that we provide support, from free employment support for Armed Forces veterans, their spouses and partners, to high quality nursing care provided in our nursing and accommodation centres.

Visit the LifeWorks site to find out more.

 

Military Coworking Hubs

The Military Coworking Network (MCN) is a community of military spouses working together to create a network of coworking office spaces on military bases. These coworking hubs are supported by an online community for spouses everywhere to share advice, information, inspiration, and create a network of contacts. Having a dedicated space where spouses can go to work and study together not only reduces social isolation; their off and online communities offer help and support to enable you to maintain flexible jobs which work around your military lifestyle.

The coworking hubs are fully equipped office spaces on bases throughout the UK and Europe. They provide the facilities that you would expect in any office (a quiet workspace that isn’t the kitchen table, fast wifi, printing & good coffee!) but more importantly they can give you access to local professional networking opportunities for your career or business, information about employers in the local area, higher education opportunities and the chance to meet new people and make friends. Social isolation can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing, and the hubs are more than just a space to work from; they offer a professional support network of like-minded people; a supportive and encouraging environment in which to work, develop employability skills, and tap into the expertise of others around them.

The hubs are run by a team of volunteers on a not-for-profit basis, with annual fees kept low at just £20, in order to cover any running costs.

Visit the Military Coworking Hubs site to find out more.

 

Recruit for Spouses

Free

Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise dedicated to supporting, championing and finding gainful employment for an untapped talent pool of spouses and partners to members of our Armed Forces.

We don’t just find temporary and permanent jobs for you; we also help you to prepare for your journey back into work. We do this through our Career Academy CiC. We provide free to access training courses including digital workshops without partner MikeAlpha and insight days which provide a series of practical workshops designed to build confidence, provide advice and help with direction. In addition, we offer free bespoke mentoring and coaching programmes designed around each individual – whatever your situation, aspirations or career background.

These free to use resources help people to focus on what they want to achieve and increase their confidence in going out to get it.

Being part of military life is honourable, exciting and diverse. It is also highly challenging and professionally, being married to the military can be detrimental to finding a job let alone holding a career down. With regular job changes, career gaps or changes, a military spouse CV can look busy at best, and viewed as uncommitted and reckless at worst. Recruit for Spouses understand this – we live it ourselves – and we are here to support you back to the workplace.

Visit the Recruit for Spouses site to find out more. 

Recruit for Spouses recognises many military spouses have struggled to maintain or develop their career alongside being part of the Armed Forces community. Which is why, as well as providing real job opportunities, we launched our Career Academy.

During the pandemic, the Career Academy have teamed up with a top Global employer to create the first military spouse focused Mentoring Programme. The programme is developed specifically for spouses who have been impacted by COVID19 and who find themselves furloughed or out of work. The bespoke mentoring programme offers one-to-one support and guidance as well as providing an insight into a large corporate organisation. It will provide spouses with an opportunity to ask for and be shown well-trodden career paths. These could include your dream job or a completely new and exciting role you didn’t even know existed.

To speak to a member of our Career Academy team to discuss how Recruit for Spouses can help you to take your next career move please contact coaching@recruitforspouses.co.uk

 

RFEA

Free

We offer advice and guidance to support partners and spouses of serving military personnel, and  veterans, into employment.  We are experts in understanding local jobs markets and how your skills and aspirations best fit with the jobs available as well as advising on how to overcome or work around barriers to employment, such as having been out of employment for a long time, or childcare.  We provide advice in developing your CV and interview preparation.

It’s worth noting that RBL Employment Grants are still open for applications during this time, so if any spouses or partners source a distance learning course themselves and need assistance funding it – they can still apply here, note: spouses/partners need to be registered with the RFEA Families Programme - register here.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

RFEA exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families.  We provide support irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving the armed forces.

Visit the RFEA site to find out more.

 

The Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. We are proud to be the official provider of resettlement and have supported leavers of the Armed Forces for over 20 years, as they transition from the military into civilian life. There are huge benefits from registering and accessing the wealth of support we offer, from career transition guidance, skills workshops, vocational training and routes to employment. 

 The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is launching a brand-new Partner Career Support Programme – providing career support to spouses and partners of members of those who Serve in the Armed Forces. Applications are open from 1 October.

Whether you’re already in employment, have been out of work for some time, or are based overseas and are looking to understand your suitability for a UK based role, the team can help you find a future career that suits your individual needs and experience. Better yet, the programme will be entirely accessible online, meaning you can begin planning for your dream future career, from anywhere in the world, at a time and pace that suits you.

Your support will be flexible to allow you to understand your career path options and develop the confidence to progress along your desired career path, all while still having time to meet the demands of Service and family life.

Applications for the programme (750 places) will be open from 1 October 2020 with the programme starting on 1 November for a six month programme.

Eligibility:

Your serving partner must have been in service for at least four years and hasn’t submitted a notice of termination, or isn’t less than two years from ending his/her military engagement.  

Visit the CTP site to find out more. 

  

Skills Development Scotland

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body and we deliver Scotland’s careers service. We work with partners across Scotland, developing and promoting our service offer to all including the military community. We offer a range of  services to help individuals in relation to skills and employment. We understand that serving, being a family member and then leaving the Armed Forces can be challenging, particularly when it comes to finding employment and getting the career you want. Our services are open to people of all ages and stages, including veterans and service leavers, and their families.

We offer a range of services – in person, online and over the phone – to help individuals transition to civilian life and to help families find the career they want.

myworldofwork.co.uk – The help you need for the career you want.
ourskillsforce.co.uk – Making skills work for employers.
apprenticeships.scot – Find an apprenticeship. Recruit an apprentice.

sds.co.uk – Making skills work for Scotland.

During these concerning times, Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) absolute priority remains supporting colleagues, individuals, employers, local services and other partners through the effects of the pandemic. Please be reassured that SDS is continuing to provide career information, advice and guidance for all people.

Our dedicated Armed Forces page can be accessed here

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Families,veterans and service leavers can speak to our careers advisers at SDS careers centres across the whole of Scotland. We can support you at any point in your career, and our services are free. Careers advisers will support you to consider the skills you have and find career opportunities that are right for you. Services available include:

  •  Career information, advice and guidance
  •  Help you explore all your options
  • One-to-one appointments
  • Work with you on your career development plan
  • Career events 
  • Labour Market Information
  • Help with CVs, application forms and interview preparation 
  • Advice on apprenticeships
  • Information on and links to local employers
  • Access to Scotland’s careers website myworldofwork.co.uk. 
  • Call the customer helpline on 0800 917 8000. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm.

Visit the my world of work site to find out more.

  

The Family Foundation

The Family Foundation is a not for profit registered charity that operates across Wales, we offer a targeted Skills Programmes to support Armed Forces Families.

We offer key skills NVQ courses such as first aid, health & safety in work, customer service etc. We have a conversation with the individual to see what they need help with - CV writing to interview preparation. We offer a free and online service.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

As a charity we understand how difficult it can be for forces families to adapt to 'civi' life, we are committed to be there to break down the barriers. We work closely with other charities to make sure we are providing the most suitable help for each individual. Our staff and trustees have a wealth of experience of working with individuals and families in local communities. 

Visit The Family Foundation site to find out more.