Building confidence and tech skills in a completely new career
‘I approach projects just like I did in the military – using my problem-solving tactics and communication skills to get things done.’
It was definitely a little daunting moving away from the military, though. I’d enjoyed that comfort of living and working with comrades for such a long time. I was worried that without my rank, I wouldn’t be taken seriously – or that imposter syndrome would knock my confidence. But everyone at Sky is so friendly and encouraging – they really want to know my opinion on things, and just help me get better at what I do. No-one treats me differently here. In fact, people are curious about what life in the military was like. And I’m happy to help them learn all about it.
One of the biggest transferable skills I’ve taken from the Navy is team-building. People underestimate just how well ex-military people can work together – but everything we do is built on clear coordination and communication, whether that’s accounting for ammunition or working to compliance. That’s been huge for my progression at Sky, as so many of the projects I’m on are in multidisciplinary teams – big or small. I can work well with others and use my problem-solving abilities to help tackle whatever’s put in front of us.
The internal networks we have here have been amazing, too. I’m even involved in some of the work the Armed Forces@Sky network is doing, I’ll be helping with their website and have joined their committee board. To meet others who’ve gone through similar experiences brings a sense of familiarity and comfort. But people on this network have also helped me in my career, introducing me to people I can speak with to better my skills.
If you’re looking to move into a civilian role, you don’t just need to look for similar roles you were doing before, if you want to move in a new direction. Sky is great at looking wider than your CV – seeing you as a person, and understanding where key military skills can be applied to their teams. It’s been really empowering to have all of that – and get on a career path in tech, which I’m super passionate about.