Empowering military spouses from the Families Programme

Navigating the career landscape can be particularly challenging for military spouses and partners, who often encounter unique obstacles in their professional journeys. Yet, with tailored support and the right opportunities, these challenges can be transformed into stepping stones for success. The empowering stories of Reva and Sara Hilton showcase the power of dedicated support in unlocking new career prospects.

Overcoming barriers and embracing new opportunities: empowering Reva

 

What were your biggest challenges when you registered with the Forces Employment Charity?

Meet Reva, a military spouse and TechVets member who faced significant hurdles when she moved to the UK. “I was unfamiliar with the job market itself. I was also uncertain about my skills and the direction that I wanted to take further,” Reva recalls. Adjusting to a new country while trying to find employment proved to be a daunting task.

How did your Families Employment Advisor help you find your new job?

Reva sought assistance from the Families Programme, where she was assigned an employment advisor, Sarah Peñaluna. Sarah provided comprehensive support, helping Reva navigate the UK job market. “Not only did my advisor Sarah help me by optimising the job hunt, reviewing and preparing my CV, and refining my interview skills, but she also recommended a full-time funded cyber security course as I’d mentioned that I was looking for a change in career path—I am currently doing the course,” Reva explains.

Sarah’s assistance extended beyond immediate job search strategies. Sarah helped to empower Reva through meaningful support which boosted her confidence and self-esteem. Reva explains, “My employment advisor helped me with CV preparation, interview techniques, networking advice, and training and education opportunities.” This tailored support gave Reva the confidence and skills necessary to pursue her new career goals.

How did getting a new job empower you?

Securing a new job and enrolling in the cyber security course has profoundly impacted Reva’s life. “My job, along with the course I’m studying, has brought in so much stability in my life, along with confidence and self-assurance for which I’ll be forever grateful to Sarah and the Forces Employment Charity,” Reva expresses. The dedicated support from the Forces Employment Charity and Sarah’s expert guidance has been pivotal in Reva’s successful transition to a new career, showcasing the charity’s effectiveness in supporting military spouses.

Navigating uncertainty and developing self-confidence: empowering Sara Hilton

 

What were your biggest challenges when you registered with the Forces Employment Charity?

Meet Sara Hilton, a military spouse who turned to the Families Programme and TechVets for support in overcoming significant career obstacles. “I faced a lack of direction, an overwhelming choice of courses and career paths, self-confidence issues, and imposter syndrome,” Sara recalls. Navigating these challenges while seeking a new career path in a technical field felt daunting and uncertain.

How did your Families Employment Advisor help you find your new job?

Sara found invaluable support from her employment advisor, Tanja. “Tanja gave great CV support with a fantastic insight into the best way to write, layout, and distribute it. She was always there if I needed anything and super excited for me when I shared my news with her!” Sara explains. Tanja’s assistance went beyond CV preparation, encompassing training and education opportunities, links to local employers, and general support. “I could not have done it without you and TechVets. Thank you so much!” Sara expresses her gratitude.

Through the combined efforts of the Forces Employment Charity and TechVets, Sara received tailored support that addressed her specific needs. “My employment advisor helped me with CV preparation, training and education opportunities, links to local employers, and amazing general support and help,” Sara notes. This comprehensive assistance equipped her with the tools and confidence to pursue a new career in cyber security.

How did getting a new job empower you?

Securing a new job in cyber security has transformed Sara’s life. “It will open up so many opportunities as I build and develop my new career and will allow us as a family to enjoy more time together as I will no longer be working weekends. It has helped me with my self-confidence and my abilities in general,” Sara shares. The impact on her self-identity has been profound: “I am in my late thirties, and since having my three children, I have felt just like ‘Mum,’ but now I am doing this for myself, and it feels amazing!”

Looking ahead, Sara is thrilled about her new career’s endless opportunities. “It is an endless list of possible opportunities within cyber, and I am very excited to get going!” she exclaims. The support from the Forces Employment Charity and TechVets has not only enabled Sara to secure a new job. Still, it has also set her on a path filled with promising prospects, significantly enhancing her personal and professional life.

Would you like to know more?

If you are a military spouse or partner of a still-serving personnel or veteran – are divorced, separated, or bereaved, we can support you on your journey into employment. Register today!

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