Veterans: It’s time to continue your development

Veterans: It’s time to continue your development

During your army career you will develop not only your professional skills but your personal ones too. However, it is really important to start planning and thinking about life post-military. You need to be thinking about how your skills can be demonstrated on Civvy street.  Make the most of your development while serving. Once you decide to leave the military, make sure you start looking for opportunities for personal and professional growth. This is where our Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace qualification can come in.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the ways in which early self development can help you make the most of your transition and your future.


Give yourself plenty of time

The army can help you develop and progress skills such as communication, teamwork, adaptability and problem solving (all crucial skills on Civvy street). But sometimes these skills are not considered by employers, if they are not validated by a qualification or traditional workplace examples. This can be made more of an issue if you didn’t gain the qualifications you’d hoped for before your entry to the army. Many believe that they have a lot of time to prepare for post-military life. However, sometimes unforeseen factors like illness or injury can impact your exit time.

That’s why it’s important to:

  • start thinking about transition from the army onto Civvy street as early as possible
  • give yourself options
  • have a back-up plan in mind.


Develop the skills employers are looking for

In 2014, Lord Ashcroft’s report stated that veterans who served more than four years in the armed forces need more support when returning to civilian life. The 186-page report found that individuals who served a relatively short period of time in the armed forces are most likely to need the highest level of support. Worryingly, Ashcroft’s report explains that those who have completed tours in Afghanistan are most likely to be unemployed once they leave the military. Only half of these individuals are likely to find employment after six months.

Developing the skills that employers look for can help your transition. You don’t have to become a statistic.


Get a qualification that will demonstrate your skills

If you did not get many qualifications at school, there are still options available to you. There are careers fairs on hand to provide you with advice (many of which SMS attends). At these events, we explain to army veterans, those in transition and their spouses that undertaking a Certificate of Higher education Skills for the Workplace  is a positive step towards shaping a post-army life.

We’ve seen so many success stories from it.

This is because the qualification shows employers that you are taking your career after the army seriously. It demonstrates perseverance, and other skills that you may already have under your belt, like teamwork, communication, problem solving and project planning. These are all essential to a potential employer.


Get started while you are still serving

Even if you are still serving, the Certificate of Higher education Skills for the Workplace  is a great tool to shape you future military career. Candidates who pass the course have the opportunity to progress onto a BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace degree. This is optional, but can have a positive impact on career progression.

The sky is the limit if you put your mind to it.


We can’t stress enough how important it is to think about your transition at an early stage to give yourself a boost for your life on Civvy street. There are so many options available to your post-military career, you just have to look for them. If you would like to continue your development and speak to us about the Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace , you can contact us today by phone on 02922 130014 or 0300 456 2762, or by email at