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The Olympics have finished, what’s the next career step?

Published: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

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What a great couple of weeks we have had.  Not only have we been blessed with what could be likened to summer weather, but we have also had the honour and privilege of watching our sports men, women and athletes excel at the Rio Olympics.  The spectacle of the occasion and the individual heroics of the truly great athletes makes it events compelling viewing.  As for the two false starts in Jason Kenny’s final gold medal-winning race of the games, it was heart-stopping stuff.

It led me to think that once the games are finished and the athletes have had a holiday some will face the decision of what next?  Do I start training for the World Championship events and onto the next Olympics or do I decide to retire from competitive sport?  If I retire what am I going to do next?  There are only so many jobs in coaching, training etc that are associated with a particular sport.  Not everyone can remain in the sport and many will have to move onto another profession and career.

This career change is not only reserved to Olympic Athletes and there are many other sports and professions were age becomes a restriction on performance, reaction and endurance become slower and less.  The men and women of the Armed Forces face similar challenges on leaving.  Many have had huge responsibility for people and equipment that no role in civilian life can compare.  How is the training and development translated into civilian careers?  The leadership capability and organisational skills of these individuals are second to none and many businesses now recognise the potential and benefit of employing ex -service personnel.  Fortunately, there are a number of organisations committed to assisting ex service personnel into new role The List, Officers Association and many big city institutions like Barclays and Network Rail run familiarisation events to help recruit from the services.  These are clearly businesses that are looking at different groups of talent willing to take a different approach to get a better result more efficiently.  There are job boards focusing on these valuable people, such as Ex-Military Careers and Forces Recruitment.

At Zoek they specialise in doing things differently, where they work smarter and faster and have embraced the value that service personnel have to business. The CEO, Matthew Sanders, is a member of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust and the business employs an ex – soldier.

As some of our Olympic champions will be looking to retire from their sport and change careers they could do worse than look at ex service personnel on how to change careers. Businesses likewise can look to the future potential and exceptional ability of both sports men and women as well as the retiring military personnel.

Zoek – Faster, Smarter Recruitment

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