How could ex Armed Forces support me with ICT?

COVID and lockdown has highlighted just how vital information and communication technology can be to us all. This is both professionally in the workplace and personally for our social lives. But how can the unique experience and extensive training of the Armed Forces translate into ICT employment?

There is a lot of cross-over between those who’ve spent time in the Forces and the ICT sector. Teamwork, coordinating with multiple agencies, as well as working in fast-paced, constantly changing environments are common to both parties. But in addition, some specific trades in the Armed Forces, lend themselves to a 2nd career in ICT.

EXPERIENCE

On operations and in hostile environments, the UK Armed Forces relies on its ICT teams to deliver communications capability. This enables military decision makers to cut through the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment. Whilst working on non-operational projects, they work with civilian organisations, gaining broad exposure to both sets of working practices. Consequently, those who have served within an ICT function, can have many trade skills of value as much as the soft skills.

They may have worked as the only communications specialist to configure, deploy and maintain operational and tactical communication systems. This could include VHF and UHF radios and for teams of up to 30 people.

Alternatively, they could be part of a wider team working on state-of the art digital, cyber and fibre optic communications equipment including satellite, radar and computers to enable voice and data communication globally. The may have built, serviced and repaired telecoms data cable networks, data centres, configured switches, routers, servers and LAN access equipment.

Moreover, they could be involved in more defensive communication, helping to protect their team’s communications and activities from adversaries. All this whilst providing advise to decision makers on the best use and location for those systems.

One of the huge advantages of the military is the variety of projects, environments and roles that people work in. Communications professionals can have a hugely varied career and wide breadth of experience of different communications types and technologies. An ex-Forces candidate could bring all that to your organisation, not just technical experience.

SKILLS

Throughout their career, they will have received extensive training, both in their trade and in people management and leadership. Given the pace of development in ICT, military communications professionals may have been involved in development from concept through design, testing and implementation. Consequently, they have excellent project and contract management skills working with both civilian contractors and military decision makers.

QUALIFICATIONS

Depending on their time with the military, this training and experience could range from Level 4 apprenticeship in network engineering to Masters Degrees in Communications management. Their experience is also recognised by professional bodies. Ex-Forces can be awarded Chartered status of the IET, full membership of the Chartered Institute of IT Professionals and British Computer Society, depending on experience and seniority.

So, if this sounds like it has potential for your business, get in touch with us today to see how our pipeline of exceptionally talented Armed Forces candidates could exchange careers to work for you.