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Transition Your Career

Thinking of making the transition?

Every veteran should be able to realise a successful career transition. To do the work you love and live the life you want.

But most veterans don’t know much about making a transition. Also not every organisation is a fit for the life you want to live.

Your commitment to the service is an asset to be valued. Not a curse to be leveraged by an uncaring boss.

We know the value of that service commitment and the desire to live a healthy and rewarding life. That’s why we built BCT Solutions around principles of Freedom, Flexibility and Reward.

To help you on the path to a successful transition, we’ve created a simple cheat sheet. It bottles up all the lessons we’ve learnt along the way. We hope it helps you reach the same point where work is a positive part of your life.

Why do I need a transition guide?

Your career should be a positive impact on your life. Sounds like pipe dream. But that’s only because you have been so committed to your current job, nobody told you about the outside world.

The first step is simply to know that there is an alternative. It can be hard to make a break. They pay you money. You do the work. At the end of the day you go home. Rinse and repeat.

Your boss will always ask you to go the extra step. But when you ask for something back, you have to negotiate and justify why you should live the life you want. The service culture they take advantage of is what we cherish and foster.

So we built this cheat sheet to help amazing people to make the transition.

Why did we create a guide for you?

We know what it’s like to have masters that don’t care. That’s why we chose the lifestyle we want and then built a business around it. We think it’s only fair that our team get to do the same. Sounds like a crazy way to do business?

Well we think you live your life, not live your work. Amazing people live awesome lives and do great work. Trapped employees attend work and think about the life they should be living.

Already we know you are thinking of the risks that come with change. Uncertainty, loss of security, already sunk cost… These are all understandable emotions. Transitioning your career is a huge step.  One that needs a sound plan so that you can have freedom, flexibility and reward.

So to help you out, we created a super simple cheat sheet.

Transition Success Factors

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Personal Network

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Relevant Experience

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Qualifications

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Curriculum Vitae

We’re bred to value qualifications and ensure we have the right competencies. Whilst being qualified has value, it is only a small piece of the puzzle in making a transition.

You may also be surprised that having a good CV is the least important factor. Why? Because you are placing yourself in the same market as everyone else with a crafted CV.

From experience, we at BCT Solutions believe that a good network is the most important factor in doing the work you love with people you like. So as your next step, consider investing in relationships before the next qualification.

Transition FAQs

A career change is huge. There is no template. But you can avoid the mistakes that affect plenty of veterans. The starting point is to do your research.

These FAQs are asked by everyone undertaking the journey. The advice we’ve provided has been compiled from the experience of all us that did it the hard way.

Use the advice and our cheat sheet to help achieve the transition you want.

What qualifications should I get?
Qualifications are most useful in specialised fields or in a role that requires deep domain experience. Our advice is to invest in relationships first, then work out what qualifications will enhance the specific area you are targeting.
What jobs can I transition to?
One of the biggest challenges in making a transition, is knowing what type of role is the best for you. Veterans normally struggle to translate broad leadership and management skill sets into a specific type of job. The best job for you is a combination of relationships, tasks, company and industry. Therefore our advice is to leverage relationships to help define your niche in any company or industry.
What company is right for me?
The best-fit company is one that matches your career goals, expected remuneration and desirable work conditions. A clear indicator of potential fit, is if they are honest about what they want from you and demonstrate clear commitment to their promises.
Just in case you still need some reassurance that the transition can be made. Check out some of our team profiles. Each provides a success story of a successful transition and rewarding lifestyle.
I made the transition from Defence 7 years ago. It has been a journey with various companies before BCT Solutions presented themselves as the perfect fit. I work directly with the client to deliver work outcomes and BCT worry about the rest. At all times we are open and honest about where we are going and what we want. It is the closest I’ve come to a team environment in business. System Engineer

Melbourne

I’ve worked as a technical Project Manager for multiple high-risk projects in challenging organisations.  At BCT, we’ve been able to educate and support our clients, not as external workforce, but as an integral, valued part of their team.  Using the tools and platforms available to us, I can call on support from our team across the country, and leveraging the expertise I’ve needed and in a timeframe that meets my needs. Project Manager

Canberra

I joined BCT because I love analysing and designing the training solutions required in technology dependent fields. Both the BCT team and our clients recognise and appreciate the value of my experience, and that together we can really make a change for the better.  By working flexibly (at home and at the client site), I get to balance my work and home life, exactly as I want to. Learning and Development Professional

South East Queensland

Download the Cheat Sheet

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We’ve made the move and helped heaps of our team to make the transition as well. So there is no reason why we can’t share with you the pathway to better life.

Oh and by the way it’s totally free.

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