From Army Engineer to Training Manager

Paul served in the Royal Engineers for just over 29 years. He started his military career as a combat engineer and worked his way up through the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1). After being commissioned, he served as a Late Entry Officer for a further 10 years. During his time with the Royal Engineers Paul worked in construction engineering, combat engineering, mechanical engineering and bomb disposal engineering, and
conducted training posts within the majority of these roles.

Taking into account his military experience Paul decided that a transition from the Armed Forces into a career in construction would be a natural progression. Just over two years ago, Paul was employed by Morgan Sindall as a project manager and he now works as their training manager on the strategic infrastructure alliance contract at Sellafield.

Paul credits his successful career in construction to some of the transferable skills that he gained from his time in the Armed Forces, such as: management, working under pressure, dealing with multiple tasks at one time, delivering training, and fast planning.

“The most enjoyable aspect of working in construction is the variety – no day is the same. I love the challenges that my job brings and I’m continually learning and picking up new skillsets.”

“Don’t sell yourself short; you will have picked up many skills within your military career. Your main selling point is that your career in the Armed Forces has created a very adaptable individual. You are used to change, working in different and difficult environments and will have an ability to pick up a new job role very quickly. This is an invaluable skill and is worth its weight in gold within civilian industry.”

Paul Hardon
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