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Advice on becoming an associate

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Hi everyone,

I am extremely new to this and have seen how very helpful you can all be so I have a couple of questions.

I am wanting to become a trainer after a 22 year career in the Army. I still have 18 months left so thought that this would be a good time to start looking into how I can become an associate whilst also trying to start up my own business. I am finding it difficult to locate businesses to whom I should be sending my CV. Do you have any advice please, or details of anyone to contact?

Also, whilst I have previously delivered training packages in the Army I was wondering if there are any courses that I should go on that would be really good to have on my CV?

Thanks very much for your help

Rachel Desmond
Rachel Desmond

4 Responses

  1. What’s your USP?
    Rachel

    I recommend asking yourself these questions before embarking on your freelance career:
    1) What am I passionate about?
    (the best facilitators, in my experience, are the ones who are delivering something that comes from the heart).
    2) Who are my customers?
    (define who you want to work with, which sector do you resonate with?).
    3) What makes me stand out? (trainers that have something special to offer stand more chance of getting the work that’s out there).

    This can be your starting point, then from here it will be easier for you to choose which development path to take.

    Also, once you know your passions you will find it easier to research and write your materials.

    Oddball Training
    http://www.oddball.co.uk

  2. Associate?
    Many training providers are shy of taking on new associates owing to their own situation. Would your current employment situation allow you to start building up your own small client base? Could you be spending your remaining time thinking your business model/USP/gaining qualifications etc in readiness for leaving the army? Although being an associate is often an easier step on to the ladder, at the moment it is much harder as companies are naturally thinking of their own business first.

    Does your Army resettlement officer have any assistance to offer? A local newspaper may like a story about ex forces personnel making a move into civvy street …hope this helps?

  3. Thank you
    Just a quick message to thank you all for your really useful advice and comments. It is much appreciated.

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