Will I be supported as I seek employment in civilian life?

23 Aug 2022

Will I be supported as I seek employment in civilian life?

When leaving the armed forces and transitioning into civilian careers, you will need support in understanding where career opportunities are right for you and how to access those next steps.

  • Common Worries You Might Have
  • Finding Work After the Military
  • Common Transferable Skills
  • Available Support
  • Finding What’s Right for You

Various recruitment organisations work with armed forces service leavers. We specialise in career advice and helping with career transition and resettlement for tradespeople.

Common Worries You Might Have

Life in the military is like no other. The dedication, focus and achievement you expertly craft in the services are intense, and you may wonder how exactly you will translate that into a new career. It’s natural to worry about adjusting to civilian jobs and trades coming from such an active and rewarding career. But there are many roles out there that can benefit from your talents, rigid structure, and discipline.

Finding Work After the Military

It can be a challenge to adjust to a non-military life after leaving the armed forces. Finding constructive things to do, like community work, will help. But of course, you need a stable income and to find a job. This enables you to regain structure and whilst there are various recruitment organisations in the market, none have the specialist knowledge and years of experience working with tradespeople as we do at SLR.

Common Transferable Skills

The British military is excellent at teaching specific skills. Engineering and mechanics taught by the UK armed forces are second to none. And this is great for many jobs and trades, such as:

  • Construction management across the UK’s various shipyards.
  • Logistics and operations planning at every level based on engineering.
  • Ship refit or marine oil and gas projects with expert knowledge and clearance.

Of course, other qualifications such as gaining a trusted security clearance can help with sensitive roles like private and cyber security, law enforcement and working in the aviation sector.

Available Support

Support after leaving the armed forces means more than simple financial help. The transition can be hard on you, especially if you don’t find work immediately. However, many organisations are experts at career transition. In addition, they advise on transferring skills. Other charities and support groups can assist with community-based work and finding a home.

Finding What’s Right for You

Support is available, but you must take the first step. Contact the people who can help you. Then you can go from there. The skills you learned in the service are highly desirable by employers looking to allow you to use them again. So, take the time to decide what you want to do and start thinking about your next steps.


There are many avenues of support after leaving the services. It’s normal to worry about it, but various systems are in place to help you find work with transferable and desired skills. When you are ready, you can reach out to us at SLR, so we can connect you with the right employers