From the Royal Engineers to Senior Consultant
Tom served 8 years with the Royal Engineers until 2017. His final role was as the Regimental Operations Officer at the Royal School of Military Engineering, where soldiers are instructed on how to become Military Engineers. This job included a combination of project management and process improvement, and he was able to draw on a range of other skills he had gained while serving, including leadership and team management, communication and stakeholder management.
Although Tom describes his experience of transition as a very positive one and he felt generally well supported (“…through both the Military and supporting networks like the OA”) it was quite late in his resettlement journey that he found out about BuildForce and the support the scheme could offer.
However, registration on the programme proved fruitful, and Tom completed a two week work placement with top consultancy EY in Dec 16 and a job offer – Senior Consultant within their Programme management team – followed soon after!
Tom acknowledges some of the advantages of undertaking an industry placement:
“I was keen … to not only experience what a consultant working environment was like for myself but felt it would provide the opportunity for my potential future employer to look at me over a sustained period. Much like a two week interview, I was able to demonstrate some of my talents and learn a lot about the company and clients, which really helped when it came to formal interviewing.”
His role at EY involves stakeholder management and coordinating plans to deliver achievable transformational change for large programmes and portfolios, with a typical day involving travelling to client site and working with a team to deliver workshops or meetings.
The experience and skills he gained in the Army, together with the BuildForce employer network opportunities, made him the perfect candidate!