After serving for more than 10 years in the Parachute Regiment, Daniel found it hard to settle in civilian employment. With support from The Poppy Factory, he has gained a stronger foothold in the security industry through a new job close to his home in London.
Adapting after long service
Daniel said: “I served in the Parachute Regiment in the 1980s and 1990s, working in different parts of the world. Civilian life has been hard for me because I’ve chopped and changed a lot with different employers in the security industry. In the past two years I’d been doing some work through an agency but it had been really quiet for months. Then I saw that The Poppy Factory helps veterans get back into work, so I got in touch.
“I live in west London, and a job came up working at a public building which is just 15 minutes’ walk from home. That’s ideal for me. My CV was a bit sketchy and Sami, my Employment Consultant at The Poppy Factory, was instrumental in helping me slim it down and securing an interview. I got the job.
“Screening took quite a long time, and there was an issue checking my bank statements. Any time there was a hiccup of any kind, Sami was there for me and helping to move things forward.
“I had a few days’ training, and I also have past experience to fall back on from similar jobs I’ve done before. I’m getting used to the environment and adapting to the work. Every day is different and there are always situations to deal with, but I’m enjoying it.
“For any other veterans who need a hand getting back into work, you should get in touch with The Poppy Factory because they really can help.”
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