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A lesson in preparation
A lesson in preparation
COVER STORY
Having decided to leave the Armed Forces after 22 years’ service Carl James (Jamo) set about preparing thoroughly for his upcoming move to civvy street. So thoroughly that he began four years before he was due to leave. Music to our ears as that’s something we at Quest are very keen to encourage readers to do. Here he tells us how he did it …
Learning for life Making learning work for you
Learning for life Making learning work for you
ARTICLES

Speaking at the World Education Conference in January 2019, the English Education Minister, Damian Hinds MP, [1] said: ‘It’s not only that a good education helps you find skilled, rewarding work. It’s that everyone should have a chance to discover the joy that comes through learning.’ Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma students know from personal experience the joy of learning and the important role it plays in their personal development.

Mark Stevens – The Building Safety Group
Mark Stevens – The Building Safety Group
CASE STUDY
What’s this health and safety lark all about then?
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
ARTICLES

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 …

Jon Willis - Travel Risk Manager
Jon Willis - Travel Risk Manager
CASE STUDY
with former Corporal Jon Willis
Supporting Veterans in times of crisis
Supporting Veterans in times of crisis
ARTICLES

Veteran and Stoll resident Tina Fairbrass shares her story of how she overcame an extremely difficult time in her life

Things I wish I’d known …
Things I wish I’d known …
ARTICLES

Thinking about starting a business when you leave the Forces? Regular QUEST contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of Lincolnshire-based specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, takes us through the top five things he wishes he’d known before striking out on his own – in the hope they’ll help you decide if starting a business is one of your options too!

The enterprise effect
The enterprise effect
COVER STORY
Since its launch, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) – the leading organisation for enterprise in the Armed Forces community – has nurtured and guided more than 1,300 new businesses and facilitated £12.45 million in seed funding.
Social housing to be prioritised for former Service personnel with PTSD
Social housing to be prioritised for former Service personnel with PTSD
NEWS

Former Service personnel suffering from PTSD or other mental illnesses will be prioritised for social housing under new proposals. New measures could help councils ensure that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans suffering from mental ill health are given priority for social housing. Divorced partners of Armed Forces personnel will also benefit for the first time.

Opening the door to motorsport for disabled drivers
Opening the door to motorsport for disabled drivers
NEWS

Team BRIT – the most inspirational team in motorsport – is creating an exciting opportunity for disabled drivers, through its new Racing Academy.

The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
COVER STORY
Veterans’ Gateway is a 24-hour service that helps former Armed Forces personnel to navigate their new lives as civilians. But who are the people at the end of the phone line and what is their own experience of resettlement?
Avoid the umbrella trap
Avoid the umbrella trap
ARTICLES

Former Royal Engineer Rob Burgess (pictured) tells us about the pitfalls of umbrella companies for self-employed contractors – and how he can help you avoid them

Cyber studies: Rebecca Thomas
Cyber studies: Rebecca Thomas
CASE STUDY
Ambition for career in cyber security reignited for former intelligence analyst in the Army thanks to SaluteMyJob training course
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
ARTICLES

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 …

New year, new possibilities
New year, new possibilities
ARTICLES

A new year often brings the chance to think about our potential. With that in mind, find out how the Access to Higher Education Diploma opens up study opportunities for those with a Services background …

Daniel Partridge
Daniel Partridge
CASE STUDY
ELC Q&A with former Royal Engineer Daniel Partridge
Reach out, we’ll be there
Reach out, we’ll be there
ARTICLES

How one man benefited from Stoll’s Veterans’ Outreach Service

KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST
KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST
ARTICLES

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.

Boat building for beginners
Boat building for beginners
ARTICLES

‘Being a member of the Forces can feel like you’re on the open ocean,’ says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of Lincolnshire-based specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man.

Lucky fella - Roger Bradley
Lucky fella - Roger Bradley
COVER STORY
From fastest chef in the RAF to gym-owning fitness trainer, Roger Bradley seems to have led a charmed life. ‘How many of us are able to find what we want to do in life and follow our dream?’

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Edinburgh Napier University | Distance Learning
Edinburgh Napier University can equip both Undergraduate and Post Graduate students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.
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University of Worcester | Coaching & Mentoring
The University of Worcester has a proven record of excellence in the field of sport and exercise science, with plenty to offer anyone who has an enthusiasm for sport, exercise and health.
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