Ian served 23 years in the Royal Navy and joined the NHS as an area facilities manager, now undertaking an audit manager role.

When asked what interested him to join the NHS, Ian said, “I started in the commercial world for the first year after leaving the Armed Forces, I wanted to join the NHS as my spouse was always talking about the team mentality being just like the Royal Navy. Commercial civilian life was difficult due to the non-caring of the nature of the profit line, which always comes before anything else. So, I think it’s the urge to serve and help others where the cost is second, and the human element is put first where possible”.

When looking for employment post military life, Ian said he had overcome challenges by “being very patient, listening and learning about the very different ways of working, and learning to understand the working routine”.

Ian highlighted the transferable skills he uses most in his role as “diligence, confidence and discipline, computer literacy, administration, management, technology, conflict resolution, reliability, punctuality, flexibility, and being respectful”.

When asked for his top tips for other members of the Armed Forces community applying for NHS vacancies, Ian advised the following:

  • Read the job description and put effort in when applying.
  • If you get the role, be prepared for different processes and approaches.
  • Be very patient when trying to get things done, it takes time in the NHS.
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UpSolution Team