by Martyn Hubbleday, principal consultant, 11-year veteran, 1st Battalion the Rifles
As tomorrow (Tuesday 1 February 2022) is the 15th birthday of The Rifles regiment, I found myself reminiscing about the time I had there. It also made me think about how far I have come since I left the army and the journey I have been on.
I joined the army in 2003 at 16 years of age. From a very young age, it was always what I’d wanted to do. I was fortunate enough to deploy all over the world, meet some incredible soldiers, leaders, teachers, and friends for life.
In 2014 I decided to leave the armed forces, not because I didn’t like it, but at 27 wanted a new challenge and to see what else was out there. Against all the “what are you going to do?”, “there aren’t any jobs”, and “you’ll be working in a fast-food chain”, I left at the end of 2014.
I applied for two jobs, got offered both and took a role within the security industry. I worked my way up to account manager within a year, but I realised during this time that something was missing, and I wasn’t happy.
So, in 2016, I made a second career change and became a project planner within defence. While the terminology used within defence was familiar, the work and skills on the face of it was very new; or was it? As I progressed I realised I was actually using skills and techniques that had been built in during my army career: Preparation, planning, detail, discipline, integrity, and the ability to adapt.
In 2018 I joined i3Works to pursue more challenges and push myself even more. I can honestly say I’ve definitely been pushed to my limit, and beyond at times, but I have been rewarded for my efforts, not only through promotions and recognition within i3works, but also within myself. My development has been incredible over the past three years, and my career continues to push me and reward me in so many ways.
My message to anyone leaving the armed forces is to believe in yourself and the skills you have. I have no doubt that the reason I am in the position I am today is down to the values and skills installed in me during my army career.
Leaving the armed forces can be very challenging and life changing, but you have everything within you to achieve what you want from life.
Also don’t be afraid to reset and go again, change your plan, change your mind and career as many times as you need to.
As part of the i3Works Mi3 network, we have armed forces leavers from all backgrounds willing to help and advise. If you have any questions regarding the transition period to civil street, please don’t hesitate to reach out.