Ex-military personnel marching into civilian jobs

More than half of ex-military recruits manage to find work in less than two months after leaving the services, research has revealed.

A poll of 3,265 ex-military personnel, by recruitment firm Gemini Forces, reveals that 53% of respondents got civilian work within a matter of weeks. Some 39% said they had found jobs within the first week of leaving the Armed Forces.

The survey also shows the jobs bridge between military and non-military careers does not seem to have been adversely affected by the current economic climate.

Harry Dean, Gemini Forces director, who served in the Army for 30 years, said: “It’s encouraging to see that despite the many challenges facing ex-forces personnel rejoining civilian life, so many are finding work in a relatively short space of time.”

“Ex-forces personnel possess a raft of skills and qualities, such as loyalty and commitment, that make them highly attractive to potential employers.”

Employers have traditionally been wary of employing ex-military personnel in civilian roles despite the valuable skills their background can provide.

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