Iain used to be in the Navy before deciding that it was time to make a change. With the notice period being 12 months, Iain had enough time to make alternative preparations which left him feeling quite confident. There was always a worry that he might not get work straight away, but he focused on his work placement in order to gain as much experience as possible.
Iain did not know what he wanted to do for his career change; “I flipped between a hundred ideas including staying in aircraft engineering, retraining as a teacher and trying to join the fire service”. Luckily Iain did not find it hard pursuing himself in another industry as the force requires people to become adaptable to new environments and he was not in the Navy long enough to become institutionalised.
We asked Iain how he found the process of career support, “the support was good from Just IT, the most valuable part was probably practicing interviews, you learn how important is it to have prepared answers to questions you might be asked. The training certainly was useful, but nothing is as useful as real world experience. I would have had a hard time starting my first job if it wasn’t for my placement putting what you learn from the A+ into practice and properly working in an IT environment”
After contemplating many career paths, Iain decided to choose IT over the Navy. “I worked as an Aircraft Engineer in the Navy and I wanted to stay in an engineering type role when I left, but I wasn’t sure what. Just IT enabled me to stay in that role whilst also opening doors to many different career routes. It also benefitted me that you don’t need a degree to start in IT. I was able to start my first role before I officially left the Navy and I am now in my third role since the Navy providing Mac support to a photography studio and creative agency in North London.
This goes to show that it does not matter what industry background you’re from, it’s never too late for a change.