Jobs when leaving

#1
Hello all

Just thought i would drop a quick post and try and find out whats the general job ex royal signals are joining

So if you know any friends that have gone ut let me know what jobs they have got into or you are getting out and you have something lined up

Let me know
 
#2
Why - whats it to you ?
 
#3
So i can get a general idea of what most poeple do, as i'm considering getting out i would like to know whats out there and what people are getting into with there comms experience within the signals
 
#4
michael3429 said:
So i can get a general idea of what most poeple do, as i'm considering getting out i would like to know whats out there and what people are getting into with there comms experience within the signals


I work with the homeless. Plenty of ex-services in this situ.
 
#5
i got out an moved to cornwall, only use for my comms down here is my mobile phone. its not what you want to do dude its where you want to live, comms isnt the only job out there broaden your horizons and dont follow the usual trail :D
 
#6
I got out a few years back, was a radio relay op, did telecomms work abroad and earnt buckets of cash BUT...its was just like being back in, always moving around, living in hotels, being away from home and all that crap, so I packed it in and got real

Telecomms is dead work, when the networks are up and running they dont need you anymore and you have to go a huntin for the next contract, great if you like the living on the edge life style

The current markets situation is tuff mate, dont expect to just walk into work and dont ask what is everyone else doing...If Im shovelling shite is that what you wanna do?

My advice to you is settle down in one location, have a good look around and see what there is in that area (lots of people say settle down where the work is, what if the work makes you redundant?) go to where you know and feel comfortable with

If you have a few quid, buy a van, stick an add in the paper and start doing clearance work or light removals, If you work for someone else you will find it hard to take orders especially if your boss is younger and done nothing with his life and thinks hes allan sugar

Register with agencies, all of them, but expect to loose a lot of earnings to them for placement fee's and all the other tit they come up with.

HGV driving, a great fall back for 1000's of squaddies, dont forget the Poles have cornered the market in that as well as everything else, you have to work 10+ hours a day to make it pay! then you have the hassle of drivers hours regulations to consider.

Community support officer.. all the gear no Idea, say no more on that

Theres plenty out here to be had, but seriously, dont expect to be driving a Porsche within 3 months

GET TO THE BENEFITS OFFICE ASAP job seekers, income support,rent allowance,low income,council tax benefit,incapacity etc etc etc DONT BE PROUD CLAIM IT ALL, THEM FOREIGN CNUTS ARE !!!!!
 

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#7
Salford-Vera said:
michael3429 said:
So i can get a general idea of what most poeple do, as i'm considering getting out i would like to know whats out there and what people are getting into with there comms experience within the signals


I work with the homeless. Plenty of ex-services in this situ.
There you have it michael3429 - your future includes cardboard furniture :D

Never thought of being a wino as a career - but I guess I am just too focused on the negative aspects :wink:
 
#8
Join the cadets
 
#9
Alsacien said:
Salford-Vera said:
michael3429 said:
So i can get a general idea of what most poeple do, as i'm considering getting out i would like to know whats out there and what people are getting into with there comms experience within the signals


I work with the homeless. Plenty of ex-services in this situ.
There you have it michael3429 - your future includes cardboard furniture :D

Never thought of being a wino as a career - but I guess I am just too focused on the negative aspects :wink:
On a serious note, my job is one of the best ive ever had, can be very rewarding and harrowing at the same time, the job is different everyday, sometimes its draining but most time you get a feel good factor out of it knowing you've made a difference, pays good as well.
 
#11
Sell drugs. Even if you get caught you'll have a decent room, free telly (no television licence to pay!!), 3 square meals and no rent to pay!! Win-win situation.
 
#12
VANDAMME said:
Register with agencies, all of them, but expect to loose a lot of earnings to them for placement fee's and all the other tit they come up with.
If you are asked to pay a placement fee or a registration fee or any other kind of fee relating to them finding you a job, tell them to Foxtrot Romeo Oscar !

NO recruitment agency worth its salt will ever ask for a fee from its job seekers. They get their fee from their clients...the people who they find you work with.

If they ask for a fee mag to grid in short order :nod:
 
#13
Vandamme is only partly right. I'm a Planning and Optimisation Engineer working on rollout and optimisation of the 3G networks. It's true that once the network is up it doesn't need implementation type people any more, but the network is in a constant state of flux and will allways need attention. The market is very boyant at the moment with plenty of work available. Your biggest problem is getting the first job. While signals training is very relevant, particularly A&P type stuff, you need some experience and specific training. Google Wray Castle and look at some of the courses they provide, which are recognised industry wide and generally are very good.

The moving about can be a bit crap that is true, but I've been in my current position since Sept 2006 and won't be going anywhere for another year I expect, so it's not all bad.

Oh yes and any agency that asks you for a fee should be dropped toot sweet, lible to be rip off merchants.

There is a lot out here that you can do, try jobserve.com and input a few key words to get a feel for whats available.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
 
#14
Alsacien said:
Never thought of being a wino as a career - but I guess I am just too focused on the negative aspects :wink:
I reckon the reason so many homeless winos are ex-squaddies is because most civvies simply don't have the pub-fitness and dedication to compete as a professional wino. Whereas we've all been boozing it up for years, so it comes as second nature as a career with real longevity - you can do it way beyond normal retirement age. What's not to like?
 
#15
Vandamme is only partly right.

Is he? I just turned down a transmission planning role in Berlin last week £400 a day...loads of money oh yea, BUT back to square one, living abroad, hotels, 10 hour days, target driven job, shite life style and what do you do when the contract runs out?
When you get out you need to settle down and integrate and not be financialy driven, the money wont last forever nor will the job, I used to end my contracts early as to beat the rush for the next project, what a way to live!
I turned down a job with 3 when they used to be called Hutchinson Wimpoa, all the blokes that took them were frothing at the mouth at the brilliant prospects ahead, they aint so confident now 3 have been bought out.
And anyone thinking of joing the Allan Cambell group, he sold out to India last month.
Cast your memories back 4 years ago when Vodafone laid off 1000's in Newbury
Dolphin telecom in Basingstoke..liqidation
Team telecom..say no more
Norstead..gone

The list is endless, If it flicks your switch guys then you carry on in telecomms...its a throw away society, they throw you away when they are finished with you, I dont want to be the bloke that said I told you so but read this again in a years time and tell me im wrong
 
#16
Oh I forgot

The agency thing is a reference to the placement fee your prospective employer pays them and not you, it varies between agencies but on avarage is 4% of your agreed annual salary, they wont be to chuffed if you do the off after 3 months and its a small world in that game, your name will bounce all over the freznal zone as a chancer.
If an agency finds you a job then of course they want to be paid for doing so, if you join an agency and they place you in a contract then you will pay them monthly as the employer pays them direct and they pay you
So what the fcuk the others were on about I dont know, they obviously havnt tried it

All agencies will ask and tell you what their fee's are
 
#17
I am ex Relay, and when I left did drive testing in N.I.
Then worked in Holland, Belgium and in the UK doing installation testing. This is something that is required all the time as the restrictions on cross interference is extremely strict now. Companies can be fined thousands if there sites cause interference with Miltiary/Aircraft/TETRA networks.

I then went onto work in Satellite comms, but the company moved to Germany and I didn't.

I now work for Airwave, TETRA comms for the emergency services.

Always a need for Network Managers, and also Field engineers as all kit has a 3 year life cycle, thats over 3500 sites that require swap outs on a constant basis. That does not include faulty kit so there is plenty of life in the Telco industry, I guess you just need to see if it fits in with your needs in a job.

I am guessing that VANDAMME can't find that in Telecomms but it doesn't mean you will be the same.
 
#18
michael3429 said:
Hello all

Just thought i would drop a quick post and try and find out whats the general job ex royal signals are joining

So if you know any friends that have gone ut let me know what jobs they have got into or you are getting out and you have something lined up

Let me know
Just a thought:

What trade are you?
How long have you done/will you have done by the time you leave?
What rank have you reached, experience etc?

I'm not Royal Signals but I would have thought these questions would be relevant so you can get answers from those in similar circumstances to you who have already left or are in the process of leaving.
 
#19
VANDAMME said:
Vandamme is only partly right.

Is he? I just turned down a transmission planning role in Berlin last week £400 a day...loads of money oh yea, BUT back to square one, living abroad, hotels, 10 hour days, target driven job, shite life style and what do you do when the contract runs out?
When you get out you need to settle down and integrate and not be financialy driven, the money wont last forever nor will the job, I used to end my contracts early as to beat the rush for the next project, what a way to live!
I turned down a job with 3 when they used to be called Hutchinson Wimpoa, all the blokes that took them were frothing at the mouth at the brilliant prospects ahead, they aint so confident now 3 have been bought out.
And anyone thinking of joing the Allan Cambell group, he sold out to India last month.
Cast your memories back 4 years ago when Vodafone laid off 1000's in Newbury
Dolphin telecom in Basingstoke..liqidation
Team telecom..say no more
Norstead..gone

The list is endless, If it flicks your switch guys then you carry on in telecomms...its a throw away society, they throw you away when they are finished with you, I dont want to be the bloke that said I told you so but read this again in a years time and tell me im wrong
Sorry mate wasn't having a go. Just explaining that different people have different experiences in the industry. I'm pretty happy with my lot at the moment but obviously we have different expectations.

I live in The Hague so my job here is at home for me.

Like most jobs it has ups and downs.
 
#20
It was the being away from home and long hours that was doing my head in, I worked for Dutchtone when I first left doing LOS now that was good, loads of money, self contained, and no boss..we were getting rained off in August !! so had to go to the pub all the time, but like you say, it wasnt for me
Ime now running my own bussines thankfully, im not target driven or financialy defiant and enjoy what I do when I can be arsed to do it
Im ex RRop by the way..swinging now
 

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