Veterans Transition Programme
The programme is designed to enable you to explore an in-depth personal analysis and bring about a change of awareness of your personal strengths and values. This will open up options for you and enable you to find your best fit in the civilian world, bringing you fulfilment with stability at a time of adjustment.
In 2010, I started organising and running augmented coaching sessions for service personnel in the British Military who were in the transition phase from a military career to a civilian career. 600 successfully transitioned personnel later, I was honoured and humbled to win the 2019 Special Recognition Award from the National Mentoring Awards for this programme, having been nominated by one of the service leavers.
The programme is designed for service personnel who are coming up to their transition from military to civilian careers and contains 12 sessions which cover all the necessary activities to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your family. It is designed to be worked through at the pace that best suits you, which will depend on your current role, time to transition and other claims on your time. In an ideal world, I would recommend a session a month starting 15 months before your transition. In the real world, take these at your own pace according to your priorities.
The benefits a military/law-enforcement leaver would get from working through the programme
The generic transition training offered to some military personnel, understandably, does not cover individual needs. This programme does, it is designed around you and your requirements, giving you time and space to work through what you need to transition successfully into your next career.
We all have biases, prejudices and inaccurate preconceptions that distort the way that we see things. These can be reinforced through conversations with others, particularly if they are in the same tight community where misunderstandings can flourish. A coach can help you see beyond these cognitive distortions. This can be extremely powerful, particularly in reversing self-limiting beliefs.
There are three parts to each session: video which covers a series of specific topics; exercises for you to work through; reading on associated topics. Direct email support is available throughout for any clarification required. The more effort that you put into the exercises and activities resulting from the reading and video, the better equipped you will be to make a happy and successful transition to your new civilian life.
After completing this module, you will:
|One||What are the biggest differences between military and civilian careers?||
|Two||What is my ideal role post service?||
|Three||What are my transferable skills?||
|Four||Partner and family considerations||
|Five||What job is right for me?||
|Six||Where am I going to live?||
|Seven||Stepping into change||
|Eight||Partner/Spouse session||This session is for your partner/spouse/family to understand the changes you are going through and to appreciate how they can assist.|
|Nine||Opening doors to my new career||
|Ten||The application process||
What are the surprises in becoming a civilian?
How can you look after yourself in your new world?
|Twelve||Serving and giving to the community as a civilian||
Mentoring Support Options Available to you
Working with a mentor or coach helps people improve their understanding of complex situations. The exercises and webinars will assist you to understand the complexities of leaving the military, finding employment, embarking on a career and establishing yourself and your families in the civilian world, away from the strong certainties, the clearly defined ranks and roles, the close comradeship and strong support systems that have characterised your military life.
While you will already have access to a wealth of information, it can be hard (and will undoubtedly take time) for you to internalise all that information, to really appreciate what it means for you and your family, and to create connections between the different ideas and pieces of information. Email contact is available throughout this programme, as are monthly discussion webinars. During the monthly interactive sessions, you can bring up contradictions, confusion or concerns you have. Working through these in a safe environment will substantially assist you during this period. If you wish you can add some 1:1 coaching sessions to the programme.
My career has been about people. I’ve spent many years in the financial and technology sectors as a coach, writer, project manager and communications specialist. I help others to succeed by using my unique mixture of formal coaching practices, a life time’s knowledge and skills and innate empathy. It’s always been about how peoples’ lives are affected by challenges and making them quicker and easier to overcome. This has very much been a two-way process and I have learned a lot and increased my knowledge from the people I have worked with. Now, I have created a series of sessions designed around your needs to support you through your challenging change process through this demanding time in your lives.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences and a Masters in Learning and Development.
I was flattered to be made an Honorary Fellow of the Coaching Academy, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.