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Five hacks that every veteran should know

08 Mar 2023 0 Comments

As a veteran of the UK armed forces, you have a wealth of experience and knowledge that can be invaluable in civilian life. However, transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, and it can be hard to know where to start. In this blog post, we'll be sharing five hacks that every UK veteran should know to help you make a successful transition.

Take advantage of your military skills
One of the most valuable assets that you have as a veteran is your military skills. These skills are highly sought after by employers, and they can help you to secure a job in a range of sectors. For example, if you have experience in logistics, you could consider a career in the transport or supply chain industries. Similarly, if you have experience in engineering or electronics, you may be well-suited to a role in the tech industry. Don't underestimate the value of your military skills – they could be the key to your future success.

Make use of your military network
Another valuable asset that you have as a veteran is your military network. Your former colleagues and superiors can provide a wealth of support and advice as you navigate civilian life. They may be able to help you find employment, provide guidance on training and education opportunities, or simply offer a listening ear when you need it most. Don't be afraid to reach out to your military contacts – they are a valuable resource that can help you to achieve your goals.

Seek out veteran-specific support services
There are a range of support services available specifically for veterans in the UK. These services can help you to access healthcare, housing, education and employment opportunities, and can provide valuable advice on a range of issues. The Veterans Gateway is a good place to start if you're not sure where to turn – they offer a range of support services for veterans, and can connect you with specialist organisations if needed.

Take advantage of education and training opportunities
If you're looking to develop new skills or gain qualifications, there are a range of education and training opportunities available to veterans in the UK. The Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is one such opportunity – it provides financial support for training and education courses, up to a maximum of £2,000 per year. The ELC scheme can be used to fund a wide range of courses, from vocational training to higher education.

Look after your mental health
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenging time, and it's important to look after your mental health. There are a range of support services available for veterans who are struggling with mental health issues, including PTSD, depression and anxiety. The NHS offers a range of mental health services for veterans, including specialist treatment for PTSD. Don't be afraid to seek help if you need it – looking after your mental health is key to your overall wellbeing.

In conclusion, transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenging time, but there are a range of resources and support services available to help you make a successful transition. By taking advantage of your military skills and network, seeking out veteran-specific support services, taking advantage of education and training opportunities, and looking after your mental health, you can build a successful and fulfilling civilian life.

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