comms guy looking to transfer military quals to civy speak

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by anthxix71, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. ladys and gents

    im looking for some serious advice. im leaving the army in about 11 weeks spoke to my rfea today .
    and he advised transfering my military skills and job speck to civilian quals. after 22 years this seems like a monumental task.
    my background is that im an infantry full corporal with specialist quals in communications i.e rsj , rs, bowman advandced signaller etc

    any advice would be greatly appreciated

    tony bown

  2. Looks like you've posted in the wrong thread matey but I'll give you some advice to help you on your way to "civvy street"

    Look for the shift key on your keyboard, you know, the one that lets you put capital letters where they're supposed to be? That might help your first job applications from being diverted to file 13.

    Good luck
  3. ^ Harsh, but a fact of life when it comes to applying for jobs.

    Found this:

    Looks like a good place to look for help with your CV writing and turning milspeak into something civvies understand. On the plus side, if you're looking for a job in telecoms the UK sector has a lot of ex-forces working in it.
  4. Lots of ex military in civvy telecoms sector - true but with specialist skills in software such as Cisco IOS or hardware such as Fibre termination, good luck with your de mob but I cant see there being much demand for operator type skills.

    I know a few ex scalies in civvies doing well but have mostly re trained, as sparkies or IT techs (with relevant retraining)

    Look on TotalJobs,Jobserve and the like and select your resettlement training really carefully.

    Its a tough world out here at the moment, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
  5. If you have resettlement still to do have a look into courses such as Cisco's ccna or an engineers course on kit such as Avaya or mitel as this will give you a good foot in the door with potential employers . Voip and sip is very strong at the minute but there are a lot of courses springing up which as ever promise the earth but deliver very little.

    Try to also tailor your military comms experience into civvy speak and don't imply you were running nasa from the back of a wagon as there's always a waltenkommando lurking somewhere

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do
  6. This is from another ex-Sigs' CV:

    Summary: A senior Telecommunications-focused electronic and electrical engineer with over ten years experience working primarily with GSM 900 and 1800 frequency ranged hardware

    Skills Profile: Eleven years experience in telecommunications
    Working primarily with GSM 900 and 1800 frequency ranged hardware
    MTNE Course by SCN Limited specialising in GSM
    Assorted SERCO courses in computing
    Experienced hardware tester
    Experienced software tester
    Experienced planner
    Experienced administrator
    Trained to fault-find down to component level of circuitry
    Extensive familiarity with RF and electrical hazards and demands
    Experience in office, laboratory and customer environments
    Computer literate
    Former Royal Signals Class II Technician

    Personal Profile:
    Along with my extensive technical experience, my strong interpersonal skills mean I can and do work well as part of a team or individually. Having been an NCO in the British Army I can both issue and receive directions and orders whilst maintaining a productive and harmonious working environment, even under stressful conditions. This training also means that planning is second-nature to me.
    I have worked in a number of international locations from the USA to Europe, and I believe this shows my adaptability as I worked this amicably around my being a family man.
    I am sure that given the opportunity, you will find me totally committed to achieving the standards required, and I am prepared to undergo any further training that is necessary.
  7. Good luck with whatever you end up with but don't be afraid to look outside your present skillset at stuff you have'nt even heard of yet. I ended up on leaving the RE's as an Estate worker on one the National Trust properties in North Wales. absolutely loved it.
    Whole world of weirdness to be looked into.
  8. That's Wales in a nutshell.
  9. One thing further to add, if you're interested in any particular kind of work, make sure you know the lingo in that sector and add to your CV where appropriate. You don't have to bullshit that you have experience in it, just make sure the lingo gets in somehow.

    Recruiting agencies/HR depts sometimes use software to scan the for the right words in CVs as a first pass filter. It's crude, but when they get a pile of 200 CVs to whittle down they'll do it any way they can.
  10. Unfortunately, very true. I think the MoD do this with civvy employees. I remember one guy I worked with who applied for a job requiring "aircraft" experience. His application didn't even get through first sift. When he asked why, he was told by some birdbrain in their personnel dept that he hadn't aircraft experience, because he'd only written "both rotary and fixed wing experience".
  11. Hi
    Just a word from my own experiences. I was from a similar background (Arty C3I) and did the whole Comms specific CV but found myself waiting for interview sitting in a room full of ex FoS and YoS with degrees and shitloads of other comms quals on top of the Mil stuff we all had.
    I thought i would be well away (after all was i not a comms God??).
    Ended up completely out of that field. Happy and loving it. But reality is unless you are a real specialist in the Comms world or a particular part of it you may struggle against all the bigger fish.
    Good luck anyway.
  12. Why is this on the Aviation Thread ? - as a Scaly arn't you meant to be accurate - epic fail !

    Anyway, good luck with your future matey.
  13. Fair question, but all AAC soldiers are Signals trained and for a fair proportion of them it's their day to day job.