The world of employment has changed in the last 12 months but before you despair - there are still jobs out there. It’s just a case of knowing where to look.
Some sectors, such as tourism and hospitality, have suffered badly and job losses have been huge. Other well-trodden careers for those leaving the military, such as financial services and management consultancy, have had hiring freezes, only recruiting experienced people in business-critical posts.
A new world order for civilian employment
As part of your transition research, think about what is happening now and which sectors of industry are growing. Online retailing has boomed due to lockdowns, and companies like Amazon are actively recruiting for roles around the country. Other sectors hiring include logistics, utilities, healthcare, environmental services, transport and infrastructure.
It’s digital all the way; or is it?
Looking to the future, the technology and cyber security sectors are growing fast and AI is the number one area of job growth. A recent report by KPMG states: ‘IT and computing and engineering experienced high demand for permanent roles’.
LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report found that although the IT services and computer software industries are currently employing a large majority of emerging jobs talent - 33% of professionals are employed in these industries - the pharmaceutical industry has the highest year-on-year growth when it comes to hiring for these jobs (+49%).
Traversing the changing landscape
Be open minded and think about how you can adapt your military skills and experience to the civilian world of work. Such skills are easily transferrable to roles such as an operations manager for a utility company, or setting up and running a Covid-19 vaccination programme for the NHS.
Unlock the power of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is more than just a powerful networking tool; you can find an excellent list of sectors that are hiring directly on the platform. Try to pinpoint specific companies where there are vacancies. Look on your first job, which may be different from what you first anticipated, as a stepping-stone to a future career outside the military.
Don’t forget that you’re not alone
If you need some support and guidance for you next step, then book an appointment with one of the OA’s experienced career consultants: www.officersassociation.org.uk/careers/career-consultations
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