What do you think you can do next?


You have given your employer, the statutory notice of your intention to leave policing or you are about to come to your natural retirement age. What do you think you can do next?

I’m sure that many of our readers have thoughts about the next steps but they are not sure what that might look like, let alone when or where it may be. Some may be in that fantastic position where they have no thoughts at all about working somewhere different because they have planned well in advance and are ready for a life of new hobbies, new surroundings, lots of holidays, feet up and totally chilling.

Unfortunately, many of those who leave policing can’t go straight on to what I’d term, full scale retirement, and that may be down to lack of forward planning, extenuating circumstances, a need to stay gainfully employed to make ends meet or a need to remain in a team working environment.

Whatever the reason, action needs to be taken before you leave policing if you want the transition to new employment to go as smoothly as possible.

We have mentioned many places on our website where you could look for new opportunities using the skill sets that you have attained in your policing career but that doesn’t help if you don’t really know what it is that you want to do next.

How will you be able to narrow down your options and who should you be speaking to if you want some advice?

The good news is that the options for a new career post policing are very broad and we know that UK plc are looking for individuals who are professional, honest, enthusiastic, good communicators, empathetic and mature. If you were to sit down and do an exam which asks you to list how many different roles there are in UK policing how many answers could you come up with?

When you think about it UK policing has many roles which can be carried out with more responsibilities being undertaken at within our layers of management, in much the same way as this would happen in any other public or private organisation.

Before you sit down and work out which job roles you may be interested in, it is usually a good idea to speak with a few trusted friends and family members to confirm that you’re making the right choices and to ensure that any new role that you are seeking, fits in with your work/life balance post policing.

Whatever your choice of new career, the key message that we’ve been getting from our Leaving the Police online interviews is that you need to have ‘self-belief’.

You ned to be sure that this is what you want to do, as your attitude and approach will be closely observed at any prospective job interview. The thing to remember is that other interview candidates will be less likely to have encountered some of the life experiences that you would have dealt with and evidencing some of those experiences will be your opportunity to shine at your interview.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure to use those superb policing skills to take you forward to the next chapter in your life.

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