Returning to Civvy life

#1
I tried the search function, so I hope this hasn't been asked.

How do all you ex squadies find returning to civvy life?
Do you find it hard to adjust back to the life style, and is it hard to find a job?

It seems as though if you have a trade (eg Mechanic, Engineer, Pilot) it shouldn't be to hard to find a job.
But what about the likes of Infantry or Artillery, how hard is it for you to find a decent job, as you don't exactly gain any qualifications?
 
#2
Would you recommend journalism as a career path for "ex squadies" returning to civvy life? What qualifications did you need? How long have you been working as a journalist and how did you get started? Do you enjoy it? What's the pay like?
 
#3
I tried the search function, so I hope this hasn't been asked.

How do all you ex squadies find returning to civvy life?
Do you find it hard to adjust back to the life style, and is it hard to find a job?

It seems as though if you have a trade (eg Mechanic, Engineer, Pilot) it shouldn't be to hard to find a job.
But what about the likes of Infantry or Artillery, how hard is it for you to find a decent job, as you don't exactly gain any qualifications?
It's imperative that you set your stall up early. In essence you get a year post sign off to start making waves towards your civilian employment, the funds are there and the support is available.

I never buy it when some ex squaddies pipe up about how difficult it is settling into civvy street, bollocks, it's a piece of piss, the problem is the individuals attitude and inability, or not having the desire to adjust accordingly.
 
#5
Refraining from using forces terminology takes some getting used to at first. It produces a lot of blank civvie faces.

And speaking of applying Military skills to the civvie field doesn't matter too much. A lot of what the services do doesn't relate to civilian life, and I bet if you did a poll of what people did when in, even with an artisan trade, they don't do it now anyway.
 
#6
I found the integration back to civvy life not too bad, but I was only in for about 8 years. I also went into the CP industry, so found myself working with a lot of ex forces, so the comraderie was still there etc...

I think Hector Chavez has hit the nail on the head when he says it's all about the attitude of the individual. I know plenty of blokes who have got out of the forces and made a good life for themelves. The trick is to prepare and get as much out of the forces as you can prior to getting out. Once you've walked out of the gates for the last time, there's not really any way of going back for help.
 
#7
I had no difficulty in becoming a civvy after 18 years in the army. i am now a successful tattoo artist.
I am even a single father with one teenage daughter......... thats a different story though.
 
#9
I tried the search function, so I hope this hasn't been asked.

How do all you ex squadies find returning to civvy life?
Do you find it hard to adjust back to the life style, and is it hard to find a job?

It seems as though if you have a trade (eg Mechanic, Engineer, Pilot) it shouldn't be to hard to find a job.
But what about the likes of Infantry or Artillery, how hard is it for you to find a decent job, as you don't exactly gain any qualifications?
If I was you, I'd wait until you actually get into the UK, then actually pass the documentation, fitness and medical, then actually get through basic training, then actually commit yourself whole heartedly to your chosen cap badge.

Then perhaps you'll get a better response from me.

So far, you (two posts) show a total lack of conviction towards serving in HM Forces, let alone leaving them.
 
#10
I tried the search function, so I hope this hasn't been asked.

How do all you ex squadies find returning to civvy life?
Do you find it hard to adjust back to the life style, and is it hard to find a job?

It seems as though if you have a trade (eg Mechanic, Engineer, Pilot) it shouldn't be to hard to find a job.
But what about the likes of Infantry or Artillery, how hard is it for you to find a decent job, as you don't exactly gain any qualifications?
You are aware that even for the likes of the Infantry they can gain proper qualifications like Degree's whilst serving,

Along with driving, IT, and other qualifications in preparation for returning to civvy life, it's all down to the individual 'Not' the area/branch of the Army.
 
#11
It's imperative that you set your stall up early. In essence you get a year post sign off to start making waves towards your civilian employment, the funds are there and the support is available.

I never buy it when some ex squaddies pipe up about how difficult it is settling into civvy street, bollocks, it's a piece of piss, the problem is the individuals attitude and inability, or not having the desire to adjust accordingly.
I have to agree on all counts, I found it an absolute doddle and I joined up straight from school and was would generally be described as an 'institutionalised' squaddie.
 
#12
Yeah. Doddle. I woke up one morning and realised there was no uniform hanging up, no MOD form 90 in the wallet and no need to get up. I was finally a civvy again.

It helped that I had been running my own small business on the side for two years before endex, of course.

And just like the army, there are good times and rough times. I almost said that one great thing is that there is never anyone shooting at me in civvy st, but that wouldn't be true as I have been the subject of two failed ambushes since I left the army, one in Somalia and one in Mozambique. Not keen for it to occur again though.
 
#13
I have a feeling, and it is only a feeling, that the majority of those who struggle on the outside (aside from those who left having sustained injuries) are those who struggled whilst in service life. They would probably have struggled had they not chosen to join in the first place.
 
#16
Although at least this one adds to my de-mob confidence and fights the "no jobs on the outside, you'll starve to death in a week without the green, like it or not there's only bone office jobs available for the likes of us" attitude often tramped out by people when you express an interest in getting out. So thanks for that at least!
 
#17
A wise tip which many more are learning to do is 'double tap'

I know a lot of people still serving who on their time off (leave inc etc) do temp/casual/agency jobs to keep an eye within the civvy industry, not suited to all I might add as sacrificing time off & working can be challenging.
 
#18
A wise tip which many more are learning to do is 'double tap'

I know a lot of people still serving who on their time off (leave inc etc) do temp/casual/agency jobs to keep an eye within the civvy industry, not suited to all I might add as sacrificing time off & working can be challenging.
Good idea, I did just that before my first thought at getting out, but a dangling carrot kept me in that time. It showed me that there were jobs outside I could do and also what qualifications were worth pursuing and what wasn't.
 
#19
I tried the search function, so I hope this hasn't been asked.

How do all you ex squadies find returning to civvy life?
Do you find it hard to adjust back to the life style, and is it hard to find a job?

It seems as though if you have a trade (eg Mechanic, Engineer, Pilot) it shouldn't be to hard to find a job.
But what about the likes of Infantry or Artillery, how hard is it for you to find a decent job, as you don't exactly gain any qualifications?
No problem ..... All employers love to have a ex Squaddie on their pay roll, it makes them feel safe. :)
 
#20
Thanks for all the replies, most were very helpful.
In my defence I think it makes sense to ask this before joining, because I didn't want to get to the end on an Army career and find out I get stuck working at Mc Donalds or Tescos for the next 5 years afterwards.
 

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