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How can you support Royal Marines as they transition to civilian employment?
Our office is often asked by individuals and businesses how they can assist Royal Marines as they leave the Corps, these requests often come from retired RMs wanting to give something back and share the lessons they’ve learned on their own resettlement journey but we are also seeing a steady increase in interest from businesses with no obvious military connection who are looking to diversify their talent pool, improve their social impact and employ strong leaders.
You don’t necessarily have to have vacancies to be able to help RMs in resettlement – although they of course help – your own career history and industry knowledge can also be of just as much value to somebody working out what their life beyond the Corps might look like. Narrowing down which industry or role to pursue is at first a daunting task, and while other services will provide a clearer sidestep into a civilian career, for Royal Marines it takes a bit more translation to work out just where they fit. The nature of the Royal Marines means that the specialist qualifications (SQ) an individual will find themselves with will often be frontline-focused; concentrating on weaponry, cutting-edge communications and mobilisation. Once dissected these SQs will set the individual way above other applicants in terms of capability, capacity to learn and improve and leadership
The list below details some of the ways in which you can contribute:
We have a saying in our office, ‘the best way to show a Royal Marine what he can do in civvie street is to show him another Bootneck who’s already done it’!
If you are a veteran Royal Marine who has established himself in an industry – whether employed or self-employed – you can help your fellow RMs by giving them advice on how you made the transition. This can be anything from courses/qualifications you took while in resettlement to how you found your first role. Of course most helpful are lessons you learned from the mistakes you made and ‘what you should’ve done’, hindsight is a beautiful thing – for the next guy!
Does your business have the capacity for a Royal Marine to shadow your staff for a week or two? Work experience is an excellent way for an individual to get a real insight into the industry/role they’re interested in getting into. They are also seen by employers as an ‘extended interview’ where you can get a clear understanding of where this person could sit in your organisation and the excellent work ethic and motivation they can bring to your team. Most RMs will receive between four and six weeks of leave to use towards their resettlement, giving them the availability to attend a placement with you while still receiving a salary.
The commitment to providing services like mentoring, work placements and jobs will usually come from senior managers within an organisation who have bought into the Commando ethos and have understood what Royal Marines can bring to their organisation. This is fantastic, but if they are to put it into practice, they need the same level of understanding and commitment from the hiring managers who work beneath them. Holding an internal briefing or even starting a ‘veterans club’ within your staff network are just a couple of ways you can broaden the understanding of your whole workforce and help to avoid stereotypes and misconceptions of RMs as employees.
Identifying and advertising vacancies suited to Royal Marines and their unique skillsets will provide validation to all of the above and help steer RMs further in their search for the perfect role. You can submit vacancies to the TRMC opportunities page by completing this form.
If you feel that you’re able to assist Royal Marines in their resettlement through any of these means, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Transition Office at The Royal Marines Charity by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01392 346421