As I said in my previous blog, I haven’t got a clue what I want to do with my future yet and how I’m going to get there. I flip flop between possible careers like a fat kid in a sweet shop. I only know the RAF and I’m swayed by anything I see at the moment, all these fancy job titles sound exciting to me. One minute I’m thinking of owning a business to then wanting to renovate property. Deciding to change careers in the middle of a pandemic isn’t possibly the smartest idea either and it’s made me realise how lucky I am in the forces at the moment.
Anyway these are some of the possibilities I’m currently looking at:
MBA – Masters in Business Administration
A couple of years ago I started following some random guy on twitter who was an “Entrepreneur Guru” and this led me down a little rabbit hole where I became massively interested in entrepreneurship and running a business. I spent every day learning about brand awareness, search engine optimization, drop shipping, upselling, marketing, facebook adverts. In February this year I decided to have a go myself and created an online store selling women’s clothing, it was mainly summer dresses but started early to build brand awareness in time for the summer and was hoping to ramp up advertising by Easter, but then COVID happened and the rest is history. Although that venture was a failure I learned a lot and it’s something I may look to try again in the future, but with a different product. Business is probably my preferred option at the moment and where I can probably see myself in the future. I have no career goals yet, but completing this Masters would set me on the right path (I think). Running my own business is my ultimate goal (I think) but I’m not sure if the risk/reward ratio is worth it, especially as I currently don’t have any form of business idea or plan.
This is an ultimate flip-flop and not something I’d ever thought about until last night. I saw an ex-forces testimonial about becoming an investment banker and the whole thing appealed to me. A lot of the skills acquired in the military are transferrable to the role and they recruit from all different sectors. I don’t have a financial background (obviously) but an MBA would be a foot in the door or I could do a Masters in Investment Management. Lots of firms do good internships to get people up to the required standard then it’s up to you to prove you’re capable.
I have a first-class honours degree in cyber security and although I haven’t worked in this environment for a few years and don’t remember a lot about it, I’d be foolish to dismiss it. I have qualifications and experience so this feels like it should be my primary choice but it isn’t.
I’ve spent 20 years working in Intelligence and it’s the environment where all the skills I’ve learnt over the years can be best utilized. However I think I want to move into something different. It’s something to possibly fall back on but far from my first choice at the moment.
What’s resettlement without Prince2. It seems like it’s the go-to course for most forces leavers and there are a lot of jobs which have it as a desirable qualification. I think I want to go a different path to project management and with only having 2 ELCs left it could possibly come down to a choice between Prince 2 and a Masters degree, which isn’t really a choice. It would be nice to maybe have it bundled into another course which would make it more appealing, but I think I’d prefer a Masters or IT qualifications over PM at the moment.
I’m not sure what I could do in this field, but it’s definitely going to plan an important part in the future and something I’m potentially looking into.
This is an idea I get every time I watch Homes Under The Hammer, realistically I haven’t got any DIY skills or enough capital to start flipping houses but this could be a dream job.
These are some of the roles and qualifications I’m looking at currently, but by next week there could be another 5 on the list. If anyone wants to get in touch to discuss anything I’ve covered here, please do, I’m happy to talk about everything.