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Our new regular contributor, Steve Higgs (September Quest’s £250 prize winner), joins our team this month, offering more sound advice from the resettlement frontline. This time, why a lack of direct experience is not necessarily a barrier to securing a new job – thanks to employer demand for the transferable skills you already possess
Smooth your transition
Smooth your transition
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On leaving the Forces, you may still have many years ahead of you in the civilian workplace, which means it’s important to make the most of the resettlement options open to you. This five-step guide will help you to plan …
Stick at it!
Stick at it!
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‘Searching for a job is very much like trying to hit a piñata,’ says Quest’s regular civvy contributor Ryan Mansfield. ‘You’re blindfolded and you have no idea what will happen each time you take a swipe … but you do know that the law of averages says you’ll crack it in the end …
‘The wind beneath my wings’
‘The wind beneath my wings’
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With the support of Stoll, RAF Veteran Brian is taking to the skies as he completes training with a leading UK airline to become a flight attendant …
£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own  success
£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own success
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… that’s Steve Higgs, our latest Quest quarterly £250 prize winner, who has put to excellent use the courses and funding available to him during and since his time in uniform. His pursuit of higher-level qualifications got him noticed while serving – and, now he’s left, his dedication to self-enhancement is still giving back, seeing him secure a high-ranking role at a top-flight engineering firm while also finding success as a published novelist alongside his day job. Steve tells us his story so far …
Mind your own business!
Mind your own business!
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In the current difficult economic climate, self-employment can seem like an attractive option. Quest looks at the challenges of going it alone …
Preparing for redundancy
Preparing for redundancy
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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.
Your new life really can begin at 40!
Your new life really can begin at 40!
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You know when they say ‘Life begins at 40’? Well it really can! The idea of starting again and retraining may seem daunting, but think of it as the start of the next phase of your life – an opportunity to do something you really find interesting. Former Royal Marine Brian Cole did just that. Here’s his story …
Positive benefits
Positive benefits
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Regular Quest contributor and ex-Army Training Regiment instructor, Ralph Straw, reports from the resettlement frontline on the importance of knowing when to put yourself first
Take cover!
Take cover!
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Providing medical cover for serving personnel comes under the responsibility of the MoD, but what happens when you leave? Peter Allen, former Royal Marines Officer and healthcare consultant, has the lowdown on how responsibility for care continues after active service

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