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John W
Forces: Army

John W - WO2

"The best advice I could give to Service leavers thinking about or currently going through their resettlement is to plan early, make use of the events on offer like Insight Days, Recruitment Days and the CTP Employment Fairs, and spend your Enhanced Learning Credits wisely to give yourself the best chance of success in your civilian career."

Ex-WO2 John Wozniak served in the Army for 23 years, with his final role as part of the PJHQ Information Exploitation Team. Here, he tells us about his career transition experience...

Tell me a bit about your time in the Army.

“I served in the Army for 23 years and reached the role of WO2 by the time my contract ended. During my service, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventurous training and operations myself and my team went on, along with being able to bond with others going through the same situations as I was. The Army taught me self-discipline, which has been valuable experience that I’ve taken with me through to civilian life.”

What was your resettlement process with CTP like?

“The CV preparation during the Career Transition Workshop was extremely helpful. It’s not something that every Service leaver is comfortable with and isn’t used when in the Forces. I also undertook a Civilian Work Attachment and completed distance learning. Distance learning is always a challenge but it aided me to prepare for the role I was going to take in civilian life. Every Service leaver should look to exploit the CWA pathway, as it can open up a wide range of opportunities.

“During my resettlement, I kept tabs on a few of the newsletters CTP were sending me, like the monthly Focus newsletter and the events. As a result, I attended a number of Insight and Open Days in the Finance Sector.”

You’ve now transitioned into civilian life, what do you do?

“I am currently the Deputy Managing Director for Focus Group Logistics. My job is multifaceted; I cover all areas and utilise many skills gained in the Military, primarily leadership and the ability to manage others. People in the company always look to me for answers, and if I cannot give them one, we sit and discuss the matter.

“At the start of this role, there were a few obstacles that I faced. As I was in a senior role, many individuals were not used to having a senior manager asking them questions about their respective roles. Fortunately the teams were understanding, and I now have a clearer view on what everyone does in the company. I found that time-keeping has been a big headache – they’re just not tuned in like the Military are!”

What advice would you give to other Service leavers?

“The best advice I could give to Service leavers thinking about or currently going through their resettlement is to plan early, make use of the events on offer like Insight Days, Recruitment Days and the CTP Employment Fairs, and spend your Enhanced Learning Credits wisely to give yourself the best chance of success in your civilian career.”


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