You are interested in working outdoors. You probably hate the idea of sitting in an office all day. But you want a new career with prospects and a decent income. You might think you don't have any relevant experience but you'll be surprised at just how broad this sector is and what a range of opportunities exist.
One way of finding out more is to attend The Rural List networking event on the second Thursday of every month. Run in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University and specialist executive search organisation, The List, this provides an ideal opportunity to talk to employers, educators and veterans about the opportunities which exist and how to prepare for them.
We will soon host an information hub including links on these pages. We area also developing a series of gateway short courses, with various expert partners, which will enable you to get the basic information, experience and confidence you need to then land your first job in the sector. In the meantime, drop us an email and we will try and help.
We are also keen to host resettling personnel for a civilian work attachment (CWA). Please get in touch to scope opportunities.
You know that veterans generally are great team-players, hard workers, reliable, loyal, quick learners and physically robust. But you are not sure how their experience is relevant to your business.
We can advise you on targeted recruitment, skills mapping, interpreting CVs and even support you and your new veteran employee through the early stages of their employment. Our support will be a great investment as, once appointed to the right position, your veteran employee is likely to have a significant positive impact on productivity.
Recent research has confirmed that veterans find it very difficult to access information about agriculture and land-based jobs, careers and education/training. It's simply a blind spot in the transition system. So, it's not surprising that take up of your courses by ex-service personnel is low.
We will support you in accessing the thousands of veterans who flow out of the forces every year and help you make your offerings accessible and attractive to them. We are particularly keen to work with training providers who wish to partner with employers to provide Gateway jobs for veterans and develop pathways into long-term careers.
The Monthly Resettlement Exercise is a simple written exercise designed to help you focus on a particular aspect of your resettlement planning. If you know you should be planning but would like a framework to help you, this series is for you.
Periodically we will publish a new exercise to help you progress through your personal estimate and develop your personal resettlement plan.
MY RESETTLEMENT TIMELINE
Identify key dates, set goals and plan your resettlement activity in good time.
A self-analysis tool to help get to the heart of what makes you "tick" and therefore what type of employment you should be seeking.
Why and how?
Developing your personal introduction - sometimes called an "elevator pitch".
Why are you publishing these?
Most service personnel in resettlement intend to plan but a majority find it difficult to know how to approach it. Some are overwhelmed by the challenge, some are very busy, others just need a framework to help them get started. What is clear is that those who manage to plan, with very few exceptions, get a more positive resettlement experience.
I believe every service person is capable of making a positive contribution in their second career. This is my way of helping.
Who should do these exercises?
Any member of HM Forces who is approaching the end of their service will benefit from spending a few minutes each month on these exercises.
Others considering changing careers may find some of the content useful too. although they are specifically aimed at the service community.
How can I get more?
A comprehensive manual for personnel entering resettlement will be available soon. Watch this space!
Can I download and keep them?
Yes, of course, but as I will update them based on user feedback, you might want to check back for updates or buy the manual, which will be available from this website soon.
These exercises will soon be available as a personalised manual. We are offering a FREE copy of the pilot version to any-one whose feedback on these exercises we incorporate into the manual. So do please provide your ideas below.