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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!

We’ve got employee support in our sights!
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We’ve got employee support in our sights!

… so says Jacobs, which aims to be very much more than a global professional services company with a huge international presence. In the UK it’s carrying out major projects including HS2 and Crossrail, but at the individual level it’s also doing a great deal to support its ex-Forces employees …

On the way to a new career, with the support of Stoll
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On the way to a new career, with the support of Stoll

‘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’

Resettlement is close to our heart …
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Resettlement is close to our heart …

So says Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the Forces Pension Society, who offers some personal reflections on his own journey through the resettlement financial planning process

‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
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‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’

Transitioning to the civilian workplace on leaving the Services is now about much more than stereotypical roles such as security guarding or taking a conventional ‘trade’ with you (useful as these still are), says Claire Withey of Bolt Burdon Kemp. And, when it comes to 21st-century resettlement, she’s keen to emphasise the current breadth of skills the ex-military have to offer potential employers

‘Refuelling my resilience’
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‘Refuelling my resilience’

Meet Army Reserve Corporal Natasha Jones, an NHS dietitian in an emotionally demanding civilian role, who is reaping the benefits of also being able to refuel and rearm Apache helicopters …

Running your own business: Get some help
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Running your own business: Get some help

Imagine arriving at your new posting and there’s no one to hand over to you. Your phone is already ringing and people are asking you questions you can’t answer. You have reports to write, deadlines to meet and not a clue how to do most of it. That’s exactly how starting a business can feel, says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, and he has a few ideas as to what you can do about it …

Transferable skills – your vocational vaccine
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Transferable skills – your vocational vaccine

As you prepare for employment, shining a light on the many transferable skills – ‘soft’ as well as technical – you can demonstrate thanks to your military career will help you in your quest to secure work, says Claire Withey, an associate solicitor in the military claims team at specialist law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp …

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 …

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 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 …

What is Enterprise Learning?
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What is Enterprise Learning?

Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE (pictured) is CEO and founder of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) and Chair of the Soldiering On Awards. In this first part of our new series, she explains why enterprise skills are at the centre of everything she does – and, while we are experiencing the fallout from COVID-19, what exactly Enterprise Learning is and why it remains as important as ever …

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