Transferable skills for ex-military professionals

Those who have served in the Armed Forces possess an abundance of transferable skills that make them stand out in the job market. Many of the skills developed during service appeal to employers who are looking for applicants with a strong work ethic. Those returning to civilian life can have many and varied career opportunities for this reason.

Ex-military professionals are widely known for their self-discipline and resilience; making them reliable employees who are dedicated, organised and punctual in a corporate setting. They harbour strong communication and interpersonal skills - gained through past experience of taking and conveying orders. Ability to work well in a highly pressured team environment is another plus which can be attractive to many employers.

These skills are relatable to a long list of disciplines and occupations, some of which include the corporate, government, arts and security sectors.

Some of the most valuable skills that transfer well to ex-military recruitment include:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Resourcefulness
  • Dedication
  • Resilience

The Academy of Leadership & Management is an Approved Learning Provider in the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) scheme. This scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. It provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning, leading to a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above.

Janet Parker, of The Academy of Leadership & Management, says: “Those who have served in the Armed Forces possess many skills which are attractive to employers. Translating these skills into your CV is simple and effective with the right guidance and support. As part of our courses, our experienced coaches work with ex-military professionals to help them recognise their strengths, gain new skills and boost their confidence when it comes to applying for jobs.

“Our online learning courses can help ex-military professionals to improve their employability by further developing the skills they already possess and gaining a qualification in an area such as leadership and management or coaching and mentoring, This helps maximises their potential for a smooth and rewarding transition into new employment.”

If you’d like to discuss army resettlement courses or enhanced learning credits administration service (ELCAS) courses, get in touch with us today by calling 0141 611 7640 or email us at