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.
WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE IN THE MILITARY?
Lead Engineer Technician
WHAT COULD THIS BE BEST COMPARED TO IN CIVVY STREET?
Electrical Engineering Supervisor
WHEN DID YOU LEAVE THE NAVY?
Due to leave the 5th of October
WHAT INDUSTRIES OR ROLES ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PURSUING?
Electrical engineering, electrical testing, quantity engineer, there are many different roles that I can apply for because the Navy trains you up to be multi-skilled.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO PREPARE YOURSELF?
I’ve been on the transition workshop which teaches you how to undergo the interview, how to create a CV and build your confidence. I’ve already had some job interviews and had an offer!
I was offered an Electrical Test Engineer role but I think I started applying too early because companies want you to start in 2 weeks, not wait 2 months for you to get out of the Navy.
I’ve not accepted it yet, I’m waiting out for a better opportunity, it’s still early days. I’m also waiting to hear from a Service Field Engineer role that SaluteMyJob has put me forward for.
WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND THE MOST HELPFUL/ENJOYABLE PART OF YOUR CAREER TRANSITION JOURNEY?
Everything is exciting, the interviews, the people, a new lifestyle. Feeling independent.
HOW DO THE SALARIES COMPARE IN CIVVY STREET TO THE NAVY?
The salaries seem to match what I get in the Navy.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE CHALLENGES WITH TRANSITIONING?
It’s not been too challenging but I have a big advantage because I have a civilian recognised qualification. Recently, (last 10-15 years) the Navy made an agreement with the government to train in civilian recognised qualifications. This depends on your specialism though.
I also gained a CMI Level 3 in Management and Leadership through promotion and this is standard within the Navy which has made it a lot easier.
The terminology is different. In civvy street they use British Standard and use codes for things like fuses or circuit breakers but we will call them fuses or circuit breakers. I had a technical interview a few weeks ago where they gave me a list of codes and asked me if I knew what they were but I was really honest and explained the differences but let them know that I was completing a 2 week course that trains you on British Standards and it wasn’t an issue.
WHAT WOULD HELP OTHERS GOING THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE?
You need find out about courses early. I knew I was leaving in December last year but I was away so I was unable to book courses in advance. The army hold training courses in Aldershot at reduced rates but by the time I tried to book 2 months ago, they were all fully booked because they are so popular. The difference is cost is paying 3 or 4 times more in civvy street.
Make use of the CTP resources; they have a website that gives you training on how to become more confident. There’s even a video that asks you questions and you answer back and I think this would be a great help in preparing.
WHY DID YOU LEAVE THE NAVY?
I left for to find a work/life balance. I enjoy my job but it’s difficult for my family
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I’m a bit of a fitness freak so any sort of exercise, spending time with the family and my little boy Timothy who is 2 and a half.
IF THERE WAS ANYTHING YOU COULD ADVISE CORPORATES WHO WANT TO EMPLOY ARMED FORCES CANDIDATES, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The candidate needs to prepare for both formal and informal interviews. The last 2 interviews I had were quite casual, it does make it a lot easier. A lot of candidates can get nervous because there is so much change so this style will help a lot of ex forces candidates.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE FROM YOUR ARMED FORCES CAREER, HAS MADE YOU MORE COMPETITIVE THAN OTHER CANDIDATES FROM THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR?
Personally, as I went up the ranks, I became more confidence. When I go to an interview, I find easy to talk at thrive in new situations.
WHAT'S HELPED BUILD THAT CONFIDENCE?
The fact that you get to meet so many people within your career, always being placed into a new environments and unknown territories all the time. You are constantly pushed outside of your comfort zone and it builds resilience and confidence.
CAN YOU PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE?
Every 1-2 years, I would be placed in a new team with new tasks to do and skills to learn. If the Navy had not built up my confidence, I wouldn’t have been as adaptable or be able to do half of the things I am capable of now. I went through the ranks very quickly, I was promoted within 3 years all because of my training.
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