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Hear from some ex-armed forces now carving their careers across the Methods Group

Wezi Kandawire

Wezi Kandawire

‘Captain – Infantry Officer’ now ‘Senior Consultant – Business Intelligence’ at Methods Analytics

 

I joined the military out of a sense of patriotism and adventure, but also wanted a role that would provide me with a broad set of transferable skills, ranging from employing technical systems to earning trust and building relationships. I have had roles ranging from Platoon Leader to Company Commander and finally Operations Research Systems Analyst.

How did the skills and values that you gained during your time in the armed forces, as well as the challenges you came up against, help you to carve your current career?

The leadership, teamwork, organisational and decision-making skills gave me the skill set and confidence to make a smooth transition. Having to deal with complex problems often in ambiguous situations gave me the experience necessary to perform well in high-stressful situations.

What would you advise to someone who is looking to seek employment post a military career?

Do your research and know what is important to you; for example, is it the role, geographic location, salary, benefits, or opportunity for growth? Network and reach out to people who have gone through this process to explore your options and learn about areas you might be interested in. Do not exclude yourself from jobs because you feel you don’t have the right background, most companies that hire veterans understand this and will give you the necessary development to set you up for success; however, you have to be confident and demonstrate that you want to be a part of that organisation.

William Keogh

William Keogh

‘Royal Marine’ now ‘Consultant’ at Methods

 

I joined the Royal Marines for the variety of the roles they offer, the opportunity to travel and to have the chance to do something different for a job. My first role was a General Duties marine based in Scotland where I later went on to work with the Commando Helicopter Force in a ground force protection troop.

How did the skills and values that you gained during your time in the armed forces, as well as the challenges you came up against, help you to carve your current career?

The confidence I gained from the military has helped to take on new challenges and integrate quickly within Methods and understand a client’s needs to gain their trust. Managing my work and time has ensured I am not holding anyone back or delaying a project I am working on. Proving my adaptability to overcome new challenges has helped me learn new skills quickly, whilst being able to deal with setbacks when things are not going as planned, has ensured I can stay focused on the task set. Maintaining integrity has helped myself, and colleagues, manage expectations of what can be achieved and can assist with any future development.

What would you advise to someone who is looking to seek employment post a military career?

Emphasise the core skills you have learned through the, military; attention to detail, time management, organisation skills, teamwork etc. They stand you in good stead for a civvie job. Extra skills (like project management) that you have learnt from your spec, are a bonus to have and show how they can be adapted and incorporated within an organisation.

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