A similar mindset to the military – but with added family time
‘People really want you to do your best here – it’s been a hugely supportive transition.’
With that, I took the plunge and applied to the Home Service programme at Sky. I was particularly attracted to this because there was a big push for women to get involved, whereas before I’d only worked with men. I also saw you’d get a mentor through your progression, which is amazing. But there were tonnes of other benefits that caught my eye – like the generous pension scheme, great healthcare and even being able to use personal miles on my Sky van.
The interview in the Assessment Centre felt so natural and easy – it really helped that the team manager there was from the Royal Signals too. We did team exercises which were very similar to what I’d done before, so I felt like I could build on my experiences. And in my day-to-day role as Home Service Engineer, I think like how I did in the Signals. Working with a highly efficient mindset – like having all my equipment ready to go, managing stock and communicating clearly – these are all things I’ve picked up in the military. And I get to make the most of that now in my job at Sky.
It’s really the best of both worlds in what I do. A lot of the mentality feels like I’m still in deployment, but now, I can spend more time at home thanks to Sky’s family time benefit – meaning I can either start late or knock off early. I know exactly what my rota will be weeks in advance, which I’ve never had before. And I get to see my son grow up.
My advice to anyone thinking of joining Sky from the military is to definitely try it out – there’s loads of support to transition and make the most of the skills you’ve developed.