A Veteran's Experience
Are you a former Service man a woman? Have you thought about a career in Heath and Safety? Or are you an employer looking to fill health and safety roles? If so, read our case studies with G's Global and find out more about how ex-military personnel are well-suited to forge a career in Health and Safety.
Gary Cullen served for 25 years with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and reached Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM). He is now a Senior Safety and Risk Advisor at G’s. SaluteMyJob chats to Gary about his military career and why he believes ex-military personnel are well-suited to health and safety roles.
G’s is one of Europe’s leading fresh produce companies, supplying salads and vegetables to all major UK and many European supermarkets. G’s has farms in UK, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Senegal and the USA. At any one time, there is 7,000 people employed in the company, with 3,800 employees in the UK. SaluteMyJob chats to Beverly Dixon, Group HR Director about the roles ex-military personnel and reservists are most suited for within the company - and why they add value to the business.
SaluteMyJob has launched its latest cybersecurity training course for military veterans in the UK, with the 100th veteran passing through the doors of the Corsham Institute. Here we look at some of our success stories - three ex-military personnel who excelled in the training and have landed successful employment in highly sough-after roles.
Neil Luke is a former Sergeant in the Royal Marines who left in 2015 after 13-years of exemplary service. He left not knowing what career path to take but came across the free Cyber Security Training Course, run by SaluteMyJob, in partnership with IBM and the Corsham Institute. After completing the course, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in cybersecurity. The former Royal Marine Commando is now working as a contractor at Satisnet on a large scale project to implement an information security management system.
Carl Rowley, a former Royal Navy air traffic controller, has struggled to find a fulfilling career since leaving the Navy. The former Petty Officer has found it a challenge to translate his transferable military skills and find the right job that complements his valuable skill-set. But with a strong interest in IT and ambitions to work as a SOC Analyst, Carl, with hopes of turning his fortune around, has self-taught himself a number of cybersecurity skills and is our 100th veteran to pass through the doors of the Corsham Institute (Ci), completing both the IBM Cyber Security Training Course and IBM's i2 Analyst Training Course.
Wesley Freeman was a Rifleman in the British Army for five years. He left this year not knowing what he wanted to do and despite having no IT or cybersecurity experience, he enrolled on the free Cyber Security Training Course, ran by SaluteMyJob, in partnership with IBM and the Corsham Institute, where students learn how to navigate the IBM QRadar user interface. During the week long course, he landed one month’s work experience at Satisnet and has since been offered a permanent role with the leading IT Security Reseller.
Pete Durbin always wanted to join the Army and enlisted in the Intelligence Corps when he was 19. He left in 2016 as a Sergeant after 11-years exemplary military service. Pete is now working as an Intelligence Analyst at a leading UK insurer - and credits completing SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institutes i2 analyst training as a reason for gaining such a highly-sought-after role.
Carl Salmond is a former Warrant Officer 1st Class with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He left the Army in 2008 after 22 years of exemplary military service. He has since gained extensive experience as a security consultant, managing and leading close protection and surveillance teams and facilitating and delivering security training courses. Since leaving the Army, Carl has also starred alongside Hollywood stars, taking on extra roles through a military casting agency and is about to begin a new career as a Prison Officer.
Craig Slicker, a former Lance Corporal left the Infantry in 2013 after 17-years’ service. After being made redundant, Craig has continued to struggle to find the right role which suits his experience and skills. He believes Veterans’ Gateway will be a great tool for people struggling to find work and adjust to life outside the military - something he is still battling.
Andrew McAtee is a former Substantive Corporal in the Army. He joined in 1994 and left in 2016 after 22 years’ service, starting his career with the Royal Irish Regiment for 14 years, transferring to The Rifles in 2009, then moving to Preston for the final two years to 3 Medical Regiment. Andrew was medically discharged and was deemed unfit to work, due to a shoulder injury sustained in Afghanistan and PTSD and is currently studying for a degree at Salford University.
Stephen McCue is a former Sergeant in the Royal Armoured Corps. In 2009 he sustained serious injuries while in Afghanistan after his armoured vehicle was hit by an IED. He was medically discharged in 2013 and although he initially struggled during his resettlement period - he really enjoyed moving into civvy street and now has a successful career.
Jonathan Bebbington is a former Captain in the Royal Logistics Corps. He had an exemplary military career and left the Army in 2012 after 28 years. Since then, although highly experienced, with a huge amount of transferable skills, Jonathan has really struggled to find employment.
Mark Gill is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. Mark left in 2015 after 25 years’ service. He is currently living in the US and said there was little positives he could take away from his military transition after struggling to find his way in the job market.
Keith Blake joined the Army as a Reservist in 1994 and left in January this year after 23 years. He has found it difficult to navigate what resettlement support is available to him and has struggled with finding employment and financial support. He believes Veterans’ Gateway is a “win” for veterans and will engage with the service in the future.
SaluteMyJob delves into the military side of our employees - we hear from our spouse, reservist and veteran employees, they talk about why working for SaluteMyJob appealed to them and how the company supports them.
Mark Ramsay is an internationally-experienced Project Manager, Consultant and Business Relationship Manager and has just accepted a ‘dream’ role as an IT Portfolio Manager. SaluteMyJob chats to Mark about his military experience, his key transferable skills - and he offers advice to other ex-military jobseekers looking for similar roles.
SaluteMyJob chats to Ralf Topping, a Senior Programme Engineer at Severn Trent Water, who previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers. We find out about his role in the military and his successful transition into civilian employment.
Marc is a strategic minded and disciplined manager with more than 27 years global operations experience gained in the British Army. Marc is looking for Project, Operations and Transformation Manager roles.
After 14 years in the military, Robert has now, through SaluteMyJob, successfully gained employment with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as a Service Engineer Level 1. Robert chats to SaluteMyJob about his own career transition.
Andy is a project manager with a background in construction and operations management. He was awarded several prestigious commendations during his military service. In the pas 11 years, Andy has gained a good grounding of commercial experience and is now looking for a new challenge as a programme engineer.
Andy is a chartered construction project manager. He is highly experienced in delivering projects from design to completion and has gained a variety of qualifications in and out of the military.
Sylvester is a former Detachment Commander in the Army and is looking for work in the information security sector and is also interested in pursuing roles in project management. He spoke to SaluteMyJob about his career aspirations - and offers advice to ex-military jobseekers on how to make a successful transition into commercial employment.
In this month’s newsletter, we take a close look at the role of Project Manager. Simon, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Army attended SaluteMyJob’s Project Leadership course and is currently working for Babcock. He retired from the Army after 31 years and spoke to SaluteMyJob about his transition into commercial employment and offers a valuable insight into what transferable project management skills he believes military people possess.
Mr F. L is a Lead Engineer Technician in the Navy, which he says could be best compared to an Electrical Engineering Supervisory role out of the military. Mr F. L is looking for a similar electrical engineering type role when he leaves - read more to find out about his transitional experience so far and what he feels that he can offer to commercial businesses.
Learn what Nigel has to say about his experience on leaving the Military. Nigel left the Navy as a Tritec on Submarines/ System Chief (Engineering Line Manager/ Manager in commercial jargon) in April 2008 and is now looking for work within the Oil and Gas industry.