This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of QUEST!
When the first edition rolled off the press in spring 1999, the aim was for it to be the essential guide to funding, courses, careers and resettlement. Two decades down the line, we hope we’re staying true to that purpose.
The world around us may have changed enormously since that time, but one thing remains the same: just as it did in issue one 20 years ago, Quest is still gathering together in one place all the information youíll need to ensure a smooth transition. One noteworthy innovation since that time, however, is that we now also include comprehensive guidance on how to claim your ELC ñ and how to make best use of it. But we hope thatís the kind of positive change our readers welcome!
In honour of our 20th birthday, weíve made this issue a ësupport specialí, with even more guidance than usual on practical ways to take charge of your transition. Take a look at our specially commissioned features starting on pages 6 and 10 to find out more.
To complement this, we stay true to Quest tradition with articles on distance learning, and two career areas we know are popular with both Service leavers and those still serving but thinking ahead to their transition: cyber security and drones training (two sectors practically unheard of 20 years ago, but now extremely important to our everyday lives). Keeping them company, our one-stop education and funding planner summarises your education and personal development opportunities, offering ideas on improving your career prospects and highlighting the available funding sources, while regular self-employment guru Steve Bulleyment lifts the lid on the pros and cons of social media as a business tool. And, as proud sponsor of the upcoming British Ex-Forces in Business Awards (now in its second year), Quest is delighted to bring you news of the shortlisted candidates. The ceremony itself takes place on 8 May and weíll report on that in our June/July issue.
As befits this special anniversary edition, we hope you find Quest as packed with practical advice as we planned it to be all those years ago ñ your friendly guide through transition.
Case Studies See all
I had often thought of working within the rail sector, but had no idea what to do or how to get started.Read more »
I realised that the skills and knowledge I’d gained throughout my adult life were much greater than I’d given myself credit forRead more »