Episode #

3

7/11/2023

Beyond The Barracks

Episode #

3

7/11/2023

Beyond The Barracks

Transitioning from military service to civilian life is a journey fraught with emotions, challenges, and opportunities. Our latest podcast episode features John Stephenson, Managing Director of the Forces Transition Group, who sheds light on this journey, offering invaluable advice for service leavers and those interested in understanding the unique experiences of veterans.

John's journey started after 22 years of service in the British Army. Trading his military boots for a suit and tie, he ventured into the civilian world, encountering various challenges along the way. These challenges were not unique to him; many service leavers face similar hurdles when making this transition.

In our conversation, John introduces unique terminology he uses - 'hunter' and 'sleepwalker'. These terms highlight the different mindsets service leavers can have during their transition, underscoring the importance of taking proactive steps towards a successful transition rather than passively expecting things to fall into place.

A key discussion point in our conversation revolves around the prejudices held by organisations when it comes to hiring service leavers. There is often a lack of understanding about the unique skill set and strengths veterans bring to the table, resulting in missed opportunities for both parties. John emphasises the importance of businesses understanding the 'military human' - the unique traits, work ethic, and values that service leavers embody.

We also delve into the essential role families play in supporting service leavers. The transition affects not only the service member but also their families, making their support crucial during this period. The conversation touches on the power of open, honest communication in the transition process in helping service leavers take control of their future.

The financial challenges faced by transitioning service leavers is another topic we explore. From understanding the civilian pay structure to writing a compelling CV, John offers practical advice for navigating these challenges. He stresses the importance of courses and training that align with a person's future goals, advocating for continued learning and development even after leaving the service.

As the conversation draws to a close, John extends a call to action for those interested in joining the Forces Transition Group. He emphasises the organisation's commitment to supporting service leavers in their transition, offering a range of courses, training, and resources to aid in their journey towards civilian success.

The transition from military service to civilian life is a significant life change. With the right support, resources, and mindset, service leavers can navigate this journey successfully, leveraging their unique skills and experiences for a fulfilling career in the civilian world.

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