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Civilian Life

Preparing for life ‘on the outside’ is about much more than finding a new job. That’s why QUEST aims to offer advice on all aspects of making the move to civvy street. From practical guidance on buying a house to organising your finances, via finding out how to fit back in to the family routine, our down-to-earth guides and civvy-savvy contributors are here to help!

SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 2: Job market research
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SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 2: Job market research
Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand some more useful advice to power up your job search …
Is your family leaving the services?
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Is your family leaving the services?
The transition period between the point of activating your departure from the Armed Forces to handing in your military ID card on your final day can be an unsettling time for any Service leaver, but what about the impact it has on your family? Luckily Veterans’ Gateway is on hand with advice and support. Read on to find out more …
transition support
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transition support
‘I feel strongly that if you can discuss your situation with someone who understands, sometimes it eases your pain because it means you’re not the only one facing that situation’
Part of the union
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Part of the union
Regular Quest contributor Ralph Straw reports once more from the resettlement frontline, this time with some sound advice – learned the hard way, through personal experience – about why you really should consider joining a trades union when you make your own transition to a civilian career. Not doing so could cost you more than your job’s worth …
The value of veterans
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The value of veterans
Civilian employers should welcome veterans to their workforce says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. Here he explains why …
Preparing for redundancy
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Preparing for redundancy
Between September 2011 and January 2014 the MoD announced the various stages of its redundancy programme, due to take effect in batches over a period of several years as part of the government’s plan to cut the number of serving regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018. The MoD has made sure there is a robust resettlement process and a generous tax-free payment in place for all those selected for redundancy, to help make their transition to civilian life as smooth as possible.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
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SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand some more useful advice to power up your job search …
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 1: Assess your skills
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SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 1: Assess your skills
Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand with the advice you need to power up your job search …
MEET THE RESERVES Vickie Bracken, Army Reservist ‘Those who can, teach and train to be the best!’
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MEET THE RESERVES Vickie Bracken, Army Reservist ‘Those who can, teach and train to be the best!’
The Reserve Forces are an integral part of the nation’s Armed Forces. With the government’s plans to increase the size of the Reserves to create a more balanced Armed Forces structure, their contribution will be more important than ever. In our new series, read about some of those who’ve already joined up and how to find out more if you decide to follow suit.
Get your house in order!
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Get your house in order!
When it comes to buying a house, whether or not you’re a first timer it’s never too early to start planning where you’re going to live on leaving – and, more to the point, how you’re going to pay for it! Luckily there’s a lot of help available – financial and otherwise – to aid your preparations
Making the transition
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Making the transition
Even if you have a job to go to on leaving the Armed Forces, you are still strongly advised to attend the CTP Career Transition Workshop (CTW), along with any other that you will find of benefit, such as CV Writing or Interview Techniques.
Get some perspective
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Get some perspective
Quest’s regular ‘civvy’ contributor Ryan Mansfield reports from the resettlement frontline on another issue likely to be of concern to our readers: how to form a clear strategy for your next career move. It’s a task, says Ryan, that will involve you coming up with some straight-talking answers to some straightforward questions: What do you want to get out of your new job? What motivates you? What really inspires you? It’s time to be honest with yourself …

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