Career change (Military man)

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  1. svendopel

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    Hi all, Currently in an Military role doing Engineering/Standards/Managerial but looking for a change. Always had an interest in trains but never made the moves to investigate further, but as I dont feel I'm progressing fast enough with my current employer I feel its time to start gathering skills/qualifications. I have access to resettlement training but am unsure on whats available and whats worth the money civilian course/training wise and would appreciate any advice you'd be willing to share?
    Looking to hit the market sometime at the end of 2016 so have a year to prepare.
    many thanks.
     
  2. TomBoyd

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    Unless you have your heart set on driving/guarding a train, have a look at the massive variety of roles Network Rail has to offer.
     
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    Driving is what I want to do. Did concider a engineering role but having donecthat for last 25 yrs I fancy a change. So are you working within the industry?
     
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    Fair enough mate! Unsurprisingly, I work for NR? I'm in signalling, and I love it.
     
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    Hi mate, what are you currently doing within the military? I made the transition across a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. There are a few of us working in my depot on the rolling stock. I've been going through the process of trying to get a driver job while carrying out this role.
    So if you want any help on resettlement etc let me know or drop me a PM.
     
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    I'm an Aircraft engineer which I love but fancy a change. Havent registered for resettlement yet as wifes doing a nursing degree and doesn't want me leaving a well paid job until she gets her first job! :| I am going to a few recruitment fairs with a specific one for the Rail industry coming up this month which I'm exicted about. Job wise I looked at whats out there and the skills needed and driving fills the spot. I also have management and teaching skills with my current role which is a Standards role so very relevant to the Rail industry as its all about procedures, standards and also big on health and safety. Career plan would be to get into management/teaching after a few years.
    Be really interested in any advice you could give from a SL point of view? Where in the country are you located?

    So TomBoyd, whats the signalling role like and whats the pay and promotion like?
    Cheers Gents!!:D
     
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    TfL used to do a scheme where they train ex service as tube drivers, but I havent see it mentioned for a long time.
     
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    Plenty of roles for engineers within NR. Lots of ex military already on board
     
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    Whats the roles and wages like?
    Thanks
     
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    Signalling salaries range from 25-50k, plus overtime, shift allowance and location allowance, depending on location and grade.

    You can expect to earn an extra 20%ish in overtime if you take what you're offered, especially at the moment!

    The job is incredible. Varied, important, and challenging.
     
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    It is important to say that not all engineering roles gather overtime or require shift working though.
     
  12. TomBoyd

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    That's why I specified signalling.
     
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    Have just googled it. Actually does look quite varied. We have a manned manual crossing just nr me (Rauceby) so I presume the guys opening/closing the barriers are Signallers? Is promotion readily available and how fast can you move up the wage scale? £25k with my military pension on top is ok but quite a pay drop from where I am at the moment. Obviously I dont expect to on £50k after the first year!:lol:
    Cheers
     
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    I spent 6 months in my grade 2 job before moving to my grade 8.

    Talking about money is kind of a vulgar subject, so i'll pm you details. NR is a meritocracy now, by and large, and people are coming in off the street into high grade jobs in the new Route Operating Centres. These are grades 6-9 jobs, paying 36-45k basic.

    The people you see are either signallers or more likely crossing keepers. The latter19 are on about 19k and don't do much. Though of course they are currently a vital part of the railway.
     
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