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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!

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.
KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST
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KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST
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 the third and final part of our series, read about some of those who’ve already joined up – and how to find out more if you decide to follow suit.
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 …
CTP
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CTP
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the MoD and Right Management to provide 3rd Line tri-service resettlement support. This consists of career transition services, training and job finding support for leavers of the Armed Forces. RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity – is an integral part of the CTP and leads on the provision of job opportunities and employment support.
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
Jobcentre Plus
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Jobcentre Plus
Jobcentre Plus has one of Britainís largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly
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 …
Home truths
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Home truths
Regular Quest contributor Ralph Straw reports once more from the resettlement frontline. This month he muses on the difficulties of fitting back in to civilian home life following a long stint in the Forces. It’s important to remember, he says, that resettlement is not all about you – your nearest and dearest will also be facing significant upheaval and change as a result of your decision to leave. You could be in for a bumpy ride, but Ralph has some tips to help you (and your partner/family) hang in there!
Get set for resettlement!
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Get set for resettlement!
When it comes to making the transition to civvy street, says Tom Spearpoint, a senior solicitor in the Military Claims team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, it’s vital to seek out the right support to help your journey go as smoothly as possible – even more so if you’re leaving as a result of injury or illness
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 …
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.
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.

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