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You've probably all seen it on the news over the last year or so about the government making cuts to the forces. Unfortunately we had a brief today and got told we're next in line.

I've been In the Army 12yrs with an exemplary record and good prospects but as with most sectors we are getting hit with big cuts .

As I've been in the Army pretty much since I left school I'm probably pretty useless to civilian employers as all my qualifications are military related. Having been let down by a promise of a "Job for life" I think I'd like to set up on my own so I don't have to rely on an employer. The problem is, what do I do!

I'm thinking that to be successful I need to do something that nobody els wants to and just crack on but I just can't think what.

Any ideas, tips or pointers in the right direction in regards to setting up a small business would be greatly appreciated. I'm used to long hours, hard graft and working in difficult conditions so that isn't an issue.

Cheers guys

Stu
 

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Stu.........just so happens that i run a couple of small business that work long hours in dirty conditions (often) and looking for another nutter of same ilk to join our team of like minded nutters. i myself work 6-7 days to keep on top of demands plus site visits etc.........then we have the nephew who works five days a week whatever hours are required. last but not least is chris our latest nut.......little bit ocd in his approach to things and hmmmmmmm maybe a bit weirder at times.

office is run by two girls (my daughters) and so its tea as and when.........regular works BBQ's and we have been busy right through the recession tbh. how do you fancy a trial with us when the forces say fook off.

www.thecotswoldforge.com
www.a1fabandpowder.co.uk

thats us and continually growing if u fancy a non boss worker mentality job
 

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Stu, sorry to hear about your situation.

If practical I would get in touch with Gaz as he is hands down one of the nicest guys on here and I can imagine working for him would be much more a case of working WITH him.

Best of luck whatever you end up doing.

Charlie
 

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Charlie said:
Stu, sorry to hear about your situation.

If practical I would get in touch with Gaz as he is hands down one of the nicest guys on here and I can imagine working for him would be much more a case of working WITH him.

Best of luck whatever you end up doing.

Charlie
I'd agree with Charlie. It could be the start of the expansion of Gaz's empire and possibly the chance to run a satellite business of your own.

Very informative websites Gaz! :)
 

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God any jobs for me :roll:
 

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Hi Stu - if it doesn't work out with Gaz I would suggest the following: Think about what you are good at and if that is military based, what aspects of that are transferable into the broader market place. As important what do you enjoy, because you are less likely to stick to something that you don't like. If you get a pay off there are Franchise opportunities out there and some of them dont cost a lot (less likely to fail if you have some support behind you). It may be worth having a look at those if only to give yourself some ideas (simply google UK franchises).

Its tough mate, I have been made redundant twice in the last 12 months after working all of my life; I dont have any financial worries because the package I received from the first employer was very decent after 23 years with them. Psychologically though it can be a tough time and it is important that you look after yourself - I guess if you can see this as someone giving you an opprotunity, rather than someone taking something, then you will know that you are in the right mind set. Keep talking though mate because that deffo helps.

Maybe we should start a strand here for the unemployed members as a point of contact and support- There appears to be a few of us,

All the very best with it mate.
 

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Hi Stu , I am ex-military and all I can say is that the training and skills I have learnt from my time have helped me no end in achieving what I have today. The military gave me the confidence and skills to believe in my own abilities and within my life ( I am only 38) I have gone on to open a small village garage which I grew to become a main Nissan dealer turning over nearly £5 million a year and since then moved onto what I am now doing.

So have faith , the skills you have learnt are useful and a huge number of civvies could learn a lot from a disciplined and focused ex-military person.

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TT Stu-82 said:
You've probably all seen it on the news over the last year or so about the government making cuts to the forces. Unfortunately we had a brief today and got told we're next in line.

I've been In the Army 12yrs with an exemplary record and good prospects but as with most sectors we are getting hit with big cuts .

As I've been in the Army pretty much since I left school I'm probably pretty useless to civilian employers as all my qualifications are military related. Having been let down by a promise of a "Job for life" I think I'd like to set up on my own so I don't have to rely on an employer. The problem is, what do I do!

I'm thinking that to be successful I need to do something that nobody els wants to and just crack on but I just can't think what.

Any ideas, tips or pointers in the right direction in regards to setting up a small business would be greatly appreciated. I'm used to long hours, hard graft and working in difficult conditions so that isn't an issue.

Cheers guys

Stu
Really sorry to hear this.

Don't discount your skills being useless - military skills are well sought after in some lines of business. I've met many a senior manager in my IT career who are ex military. The current CSO of our organisation is ex military. The skills you learn (teamwork, management etc) are easily transferable.

Appreciate that doesn't answer your 'what do I do' question - but as I say, don't think your skills won't help you.
 

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Some serious money can be earned in the security business, mate of mine lives in Dubai and disappears for a few weeks every month across the boarder, all tax free.
 

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Hi Stuart
I totally agree with senwar. I work in a highly regulated manufacturing environment and run quite a large portion of the operation.
I have always interviewed ex- military guys whenever their cv lands on my doorstep during any recruitment. Do not underestimate what you have to offer any employer. From my experience ex military guys are great team players, have exemplary attention to detail and have great leadership potential.

I hope you don't feel that setting up your own business is your only option. In my book you are very employable.
However if running a business is what you seek to do then good luck :p
 

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Guys,

Thanks for all the supportive comments, they reassure me no end.

Thanks to my military background I would consider myself to be a well turned out, disciplined, punctual and extremely reliable person so hopefully should settle into "civvie street" without major issues.

I'm in the Royal Engineers, for those not in the know we're more construction and demolition specialists rather that infantry soldiers. We specialize is bridge construction and demolition, route clearance (of IED's and other ordinance) and everything from site surveying right up to complete builds of camps, schools, hospitals, runways and pretty much anything els you see around.

Gazzer, I'm definitely interested, when I get a discharge date I'll PM you and we'l meet up for a beer and a chat if that's ok?

Cheers guys,

Stu
 

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Haha I do love a sausage.......but not like that!
 

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Gazzer said:
sounds ok to me Stu..........Waheyyyyy BBQ time here we come.
You and bloody BBQs :lol:

Good luck Stu, Im sure your find something, esspecially with a Engineering type mind ( I work in Oil and gas as an Electrical Engineer)
 

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Loads of projects in oil and gas. we are strruggling. Veolia Water Systems Westgarth
 

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TT Stu-82 said:
............As I've been in the Army pretty much since I left school I'm probably pretty useless to civilian employers as all my qualifications are military related........
Absolute rubbish!!!! :lol:

Not only will you know which end of a spanner to hold, but unlike some ex-dope smoking workshy students you can be relied upon to get out of bed every day and I doubt very much if you're a stranger to a real days hard graft!

Qualifications are useful but are nothing without experience. Compile a good CV of all your achievements and previous accomplishments work and otherwise. Don't forget to include qualities like punctuality, reliability, honesty and commitment.
 
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