Quest Magazine - Home

Natalie Chapman

Natalie Chapman

CASE STUDY

23 Jan, 2017

Final Rank: LBdr
Years Served: 7 years, 10 months
Current role: EDF Energy engineer

Natalie is thankful for the life experience she says she gained in all aspects of her Army career. While serving, she also gained a Logistics level 3 qualification. This saw her take up a role with Marks & Spencer on leaving the Services: 'It was on the logistics side of things and I truly loved it, but it was only temporary until I started my EDF training.'

She continues: 'The reason I went for this job is because it is nothing like the Army, although I think that the Army helped with my confidence, which I feel is the reason I got the job.'

Asked to tell Quest what she particularly likes about her current role, she is very enthusiastic: 'I love everything about it! I love the flexibility. I love the people I meet on a day-to-day basis. I love the way I get treated. I really like the hours I do. The pay could be more but I have a career where there is endless opportunity. Being a woman makes me no different to a man in my job, as EDF strives for equality. I can take leave whenever I like. I have a home life and can plan my life, whereas the Army stopped me doing that. I have taken a little drop in pay, but I am truly happy.'

In conclusion, Natalie has some useful advice for your own transition: 'Be very prepared with everything. Do lots of research into jobs and houses. Get all the help available to you from the Services, to help ease the process of becoming a civilian. Make sure you have the support you need, from both Forces and family.'

Other Stories


Related Articles

Case Studies See all

Former RAF Wing Commander sets up Drone Pilot Academy
Name:
Former RAF Wing Commander sets up Drone Pilot Academy
Final Rank:
Wing Commander
Years Served:
17 Years

Having served in the RAF for 17 years, former Wing Commander Jim Ixer hung up his flying gloves and entered the rapidly expanding commercial drone industry.

Read more »
James Scott-Barrett
Name:
James Scott-Barrett
Final Rank:
British Army officer
Years Served:
6 years

James Scott-Barrett trained at Sandhurst and served in the Scots Guards for six years, three of which he spent as a platoon commander in Afghanistan. Now, he’s halfway through an MBA at London...

Read more »