Posted: 29 Nov. 2018 8 min. read

Moving on up: Life after the military

Earlier this year, following a 20-year career in the military, Pete decided to embark upon a career change. He attended one of our Military Transition & Talent Insight Days and has now been at Deloitte for two months, working as a senior manager in Risk Advisory’s public sector cyber team. Here he tells us how the skills he developed during his time in the military have set him up for his new career. 

I signed up to the military aged 18 motivated by a desire for an outdoor lifestyle. I’ve served all over the world including operations in Iraq and Sierra Leone and a two-year long assignment in Nepal, as well as military exercises in North America and throughout Europe. By the age of 21, I was leading a team of 30 in West Africa and by my mid-twenties, I was managing a team of 70 in Iraq.

One of my projects in Iraq was to lead an entire communications rebuild at the British military headquarters in Basra. At the time of the operation, there were 8,000 troops on the ground who had to pause their work for 48 hours while the rebuild took place. It was a situation which required excellent logistics planning, strong people management, communications skills and risk planning. All skills which are transferable to a career at a company like Deloitte.

After Iraq, I spent two years in Nepal. During my time there, I saw how important information systems and the internet were becoming – both for everyday life and in terms of the increasing risk of online warfare. Supported by the military, when I returned from Nepal I completed a three year part-time Masters in Cyber Space Operations. This qualification enabled me to take on some really interesting jobs with the military, including multi-national operations which required transferable skills including communication, strategy and analytical skills. 

My work on cyber security gave me an idea on what I wanted to do after retiring from the military. I would say that although everyone has a different career path during their time in the military, we all have the same core transferable skillset which is valuable for ‘civilian’ jobs.

With some idea of what I wanted to do next and aware that I would soon retire from the military, I decided to go to one of Deloitte’s insight days run by the firm’s Military Transition and Talent programme. It was a five hour snapshot of the firm, with information about each of the service lines. I found it fascinating and after the presentations I made a beeline for one of the speakers who talked about Deloitte’s work in the IT and cyber sector. Two weeks later, I attended a Deloitte assessment centre for my current job.

I’ve now been at Deloitte for two months and it’s a great place to work – everyone is really friendly and professional and it’s a slick organisation. It is very different from the military though. For one, there’s a lot less equipment - now all I need is my phone and laptop and I can pretty much work from anywhere!

Pete’s story is featured in ‘Veterans Work: Moving On’, a report co-produced by Deloitte and led by our Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme (DMTTP) team.

The report is based on findings from a survey of 1,786 UK veterans who transitioned out of the military in the past ten years. The report examines factors that motivate veterans when making the transition from the military to the civilian job market.

The study found that, contrary to what many believe, veteran employment rates at 81% are far higher than the national average of 75.5%. The Consortium’s research also found that 62% of veterans identifying as having a mental health disability are in employment. Whereas employment rates for those identifying as having a mental health disability across the working age population of the UK, are much lower at just 25%.

The Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme (DMTTP) supports military personnel to identify their transferable skills and to support their transition once they’ve retired from the armed forces. Find out more about the DMTTP which has helped 2,500 ex-service personnel through quarterly insight days, and seen 170 recruited into Deloitte.

DMTTP is aligned to our One Million Futures ambition to help one million people get to where they want to be; whether it’s in the classroom, the workplace or the boardroom.

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