Finding a job after life in the Forces can be a challenge, especially when you’re a little strapped for ideas as to what to do with yourself!

Veterans often say how a life in the armed forces not only gave them the drive and motivation to succeed, but also armed them with an array of skills that they were sure would help them find work in later life.

Unfortunately, it’s often the case that men from the armed forces are overlooked when it comes to new job opportunities, simply because employers consider their experiences in the service to be non-transferable to civilian life. 

If you’re a veteran looking to get back on the career ladder, or are simply looking for a new vocation to get yourself back in the job market, then there are a number of options open to you that you might not have considered yet:


If you can manage without a monthly pay check for a short period of time, then it’s worth considering volunteering. Charities are always looking for spare hands to set up events or promote their cause, all you need to do is find a local one in your area and send them an email or, better still, introduce yourself in person. As long as you can afford to spend a couple of months working for free, you’ll be able to build up some good experience for your CV and also help out a worthy cause.


Whether or not you decide to work in the private security sector will largely depend on the kind of action that you’ve seen in the Gulf. If you came out of the conflict with a clean record and calm composure then you’ll be an ideal candidate for a security firm. This line of work could have you travelling all over the country working at corporate events or simply staying put in your local town, holding doors open at club nights or bars. Either way, you’ll need patience and good people skills to succeed.

Retrain at college

For some, the idea of going back to school is simply unbearable, however college courses are now more accessible than ever and applications from mature students are on the rise! You often won’t need any formal qualifications to enter your local college, although you might need to pay fees, which can cost a fair bit. Once you’re in you’ll have the opportunity to learn a trade from top to bottom, giving you the qualifications and experience necessary to get work once you’re finished!

Buy a cleaning franchise

Sometimes veterans are lucky enough to leave the forces with a decent pension and a tidy amount of money saved up from years of living within their means, if this sounds like you, then you might consider buying your own business franchise. There are a range of different businesses that you can buy into from your very own McDonalds to a simple BBQ cleaning business opportunity. In this scenario you are truly taking the reins of your own future, you’ll receive training from your chosen franchise but the rest will be up to you.

If you need more guidance on finding training opportunities post-retirement then you can head over to: