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Already know what kind of career you’d like to move in to? Or maybe you’re still looking for information that’ll help you make up your mind? Whatever stage you’re at, the QUEST Careers Hub provides in-depth insight on a wide range of industry sectors. To find out more, click on your area of interest below or use the search facility.

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Auditing
Auditing
As you approach the end of your service career and consider what to do next, the choices can feel overwhelming. What about auditor training? While it might not be among the big hitters of the second-career world, it could prove the perfect option for the next stage in your working life …
Aviation Security
Aviation Security
Aviation security staff deal with air rage, drunkenness, assault, smuggling and crime, as well as the threat of national and international terrorism. Are you ready to meet one of the toughest challenges of our times?
Breakdown Services
Breakdown Services
If you’ve been in a vehicle-related role while in uniform, you are very likely to have gained a host of transferable skills that will put you well on the road to helping others, with a career in the breakdown services …
Building Trades
Building Trades
Want to turn your talents to a practical career on leaving? Together, the building trades make up one of Britain’s widest-ranging industry sectors, offering many different roles to choose from – and perhaps the firm foundation you’ve been seeking for your next career …
Care Work
Care Work
Care work involves a variety of roles from administration, logistics and practical back-up support, to complex medical care.
Catering Management
Catering Management
As an enormous, wide-ranging sector, the catering and hospitality industry offers an array of opportunities and a strong framework for career progression. Could catering management be your calling?
Charities Sector
Charities Sector
A career in the charities sector offers a way to earn while also supporting a good cause …
Civil Aviation
Civil Aviation
Thinking of transferring your aviation-related skills to the civilian workplace? Here’s some advice to help you plan ahead and ensure your new career gets off the runway
Close Protection
Close Protection
The various sectors of the security industry offer a huge range of employment opportunities that are particularly suitable for Service leavers – and none more so than close protection. Could it be the civvy career for you to close in on?
Computing and IT
Computing and IT
The strong growth of tech-related employment in the UK sends a clear message to anyone considering career opportunities in this sector: there’s a multitude of exciting openings. Are you ready to unlock them?
Construction
Construction
Lay a firm foundation for yourself with a future that’s safe as houses in one of the variety of practical and supervisory career options offered by the construction industry
Cyber Security
Cyber Security
There’s currently a huge demand for cyber security professionals, and a worrying shortage of talent. Research has revealed that Europe is facing a significant shortfall of cyber security professionals. So how do we solve this problem – and fast? Perhaps you have the answer …
Cyber Security Training
Cyber Security Training
Cyber security is a sector that offers a world of opportunity for ex-military jobseekers says Brigadier (Retired) Andrew Jackson, managing director, SaluteMyJob
Cyber Skills
Cyber Skills
A push to engage Veterans with cyber skills is currently taking place, as more businesses look to utilise the unique skills of this group.
Data Centres
Data Centres
A career in the data centre industry offers access to a dynamic, cutting-edge sector that is constantly evolving to meet business needs in a highly competitive market. Is it time for you to make a date with data?
Driving Instruction
Driving Instruction
Do you have a driving ambition? Driving instruction is a profession that offers varied opportunities and flexible employment to those of the right temperament. If that sounds like you then buckle up and read on …
Drone Training
Drone Training
Popularly depicted as the ‘eye in the sky’, the unprecedented growth in commercial acceptance of unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly known as drones – is fuelling an enormous expansion in related careers. Perhaps you should be keeping an eye on them?
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Power up your future with a career in electrical or electronic engineering, whose applications span a host of diverse industries
Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Management
Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Management
Emergency planning and business continuity management are two separate but very closely related industry sectors. In this article, we will look at the two fields in parallel …
Emergency Services Careers
Emergency Services Careers
If you are looking to continue in public service post-Forces, a career in the UK’s emergency services could well be for you. Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Coastguard …? You are highly likely to have exactly the skills and aptitudes that make you well equipped to say ‘yes’ to 999!
Franchising
Franchising
Franchising is a much more common business model than many people realise, encompassing a surprising number of the most recognisable high-street brands. When it comes to launching a business career, the benefits of franchising may seem clear-cut but taking a step back to assess the pros and cons before making your mind up is a must …
Health and Safety
Health and Safety
In their quest to safeguard the working population, today’s health and safety professionals take a proactive, preventative approach to problems such as injury, accidents and equipment failure. Perhaps you have what it takes to join them in this important mission?
Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
Do you have what it takes to join today’s health and safety professionals playing a vitally important role on-site?
Healthcare
Healthcare
The healthcare sector, public and private, offers a huge range of career opportunities. When the time comes for resettlement, you may well find you already have sought-after skills. But, to really make sure your prospects are in the pink, now’s the time to start getting some appropriate qualifications under your belt.
Horology
Horology
The Army invented the wristwatch. Well, pretty much. By the time of WWI, the military badly needed a timekeeping device that was clear, accurate and immediately accessible, while keeping both hands free. A pocket watch adapted for a wrist strap was ideal, and so the wristwatch was born. It evolved from there and continues to evolve today as a feat of technical engineering that is also a desirable accessory for both men and women. Surely, then, horology – the study of clocks and watches – is a promising field for mechanically minded ex-Service people.
Human Resources
Human Resources
Personnel choice? When you make the leap to the civilian workplace, maybe human resources could be the career for you
Law
Law
If you haven’t yet considered law as a profession, Ahmed Al-Nahhas, partner and solicitor-advocate at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, explains the variety of opportunities it offers that might make it a very advantageous career move – it may even offer you the chance to help other ex-Service people and maintain your connection with the Forces …
Locksmithing
Locksmithing
A career as a locksmith requires many different skill-sets. These, complemented by the appropriate training, can make it a rewarding, well-respected occupation – and perhaps the key to your success in the civilian workplace
Logistics and Distribution
Logistics and Distribution
As an organisation that is highly dependent on its skilled logistics staff, the Armed Forces represents a valuable source of suitably qualified professionals equipped to move in to the nationally important field of logistics and distribution. Could it be the logical next step for you too?
Management and Leadership
Management and Leadership
Effective management is vital to every organisation. If you’ve taken a leadership role while in uniform – maybe with the relevant institute membership and qualifications to back it up – you could already have a suitable skill-set to transfer to the civilian workplace
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas
Although working on- or offshore in the UK’s oil and gas industry might seem a challenging prospect on many levels, it’s also well rewarded for those with the right skills, and has the potential to lead to a productive future.
Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer
The UK’s health and fitness industry is growing at an exponential rate and is currently worth more than £4 billion. This number is only set to increase year on year, with new fitness facilities opening all the time, backed up by innovative new trends and advances in technology. From social media to blogs, TV to apps and games, fitness truly is the mainstream. It’s estimated that one in every seven people in the UK is a gym member and, with that type of volume, the need for talented, qualified fitness professionals has never been greater …
Project Management
Project Management
Organised, methodical, good at keeping work on track, confident about meeting deadlines and happy to take on responsibility? If you recognise your own skill set here, project management (aka PM) could be the perfect match for you …
Rail Industry
Rail Industry
Like many youngsters, you may have dreamed of becoming a train driver – that’s still a possibility, of course, but the modern rail industry offers so much more scope than that, with jobs covering a huge range of areas, from signaller to site manager, engineer to HR officer. Does rail offer the role you’ve been looking for?
Renewables
Renewables
With climate change and energy prices currently firm fixtures in the news headlines, the renewable energy sector has really come to the forefront of the public consciousness. If you’re seeking new employment that is both challenging and worthwhile, maybe renewables should be on your radar too …
Risk Management
Risk Management
Ready for risk? The skills required to ‘know your enemy’, and the development of tactics to counter that enemy, are basic risk management aptitudes. This means that, without even knowing it, you may have spent a significant proportion of your Services career preparing for a role in this industry – and could well be more ready than you know for a rewarding new career in risk management …
Road Transport Driving: Licences and Qualifications
Road Transport Driving: Licences and Qualifications
If you’ve been thinking of carving out a new career in the world of road transport, or using your military-gained driver qualifications in civvy street, there’s never been a better time – especially where HGVs are concerned. Here’s the steer on professional driver qualifications, licensing and training …
Running Your Own Business
Running Your Own Business
In the current difficult economic climate, especially with the recent growth in working from home (WFH) culture, self-employment can seem like an attractive option. There are plenty of pitfalls for the unwary though, and this article looks at both the benefits and challenges of going it alone …
Security
Security
Secure your future … with a career in an industry to which many Service leavers find themselves very well suited. Planning ahead with relevant qualifications now could see you sitting pretty in a civvy security role when the time comes.
Smart Meter Installation
Smart Meter Installation
Connect with the facts and become a smart meter installer
Sport and Fitness
Sport and Fitness
From boot camp leader to basketball coach, personal trainer to Pilates instructor, the sport and fitness sector could be the perfect fit for your future career … and there are plenty of online courses you can do to keep yourself ready for action.
Sustainability
Sustainability
The public is growing increasingly aware of the environmental crisis we are facing and the responsibility we have to control our future and slow down the progression of climate change. As a result, more people are looking for a career in a sustainable role. Finding a job like this, which is within the area you are interested in, is not easy. Workers before us would take whatever job they got without considering ethics or their personal opinions.
Technical Author
Technical Author
Got the write stuff? … Become a technical author.
Telecoms
Telecoms
If you’re thinking of a future role that involves you with technology at the cutting edge and where constant change is on the menu, why not connect with a fast-moving career in the telecoms industry?
Utilities
Utilities
Help to keep the UK running smoothly by directing your skills towards our vitally important utilities industries, encompassing gas, power, water and waste …
Workplace and Facilities Management
Workplace and Facilities Management
Workplace and facilities management is one of the fastest-growing professions in the UK and vital to the success of any business. Perhaps it could play an important role in your future too?