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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 …
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.
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
Helping Veterans build a brighter future
Helping Veterans build a brighter future
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The majority of Service leavers make a successful transition to civilian life, but not all of them. Leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, Stoll, helps those who are the most vulnerable, providing them with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. This month we hear from Stoll’s outreach worker Sophie Brassington (pictured above) and Georgina, a Veteran who was housed by Stoll after leaving the Forces. him …
Get AHED …
Get AHED …
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… with an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Even if you think you don’t have the necessary qualifications for HE, the Diploma can help you get on to the courses you need to pursue a graduate profession. Take a look at our beginner’s guide to what’s involved …
Inspiring independence
Inspiring independence
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Most people who leave the Armed Forces transition effectively back into civilian life, but not all. Stoll – the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans – helps the most vulnerable by providing them with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. Here, former Lance Corporal Kofi Brempong tells us exactly what Stoll did for him …

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