Bringing the troops home

Programs help former soldiers find jobs as civilians
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012

Back in 1993, Mark Walden was an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces. Staged out of Croatia, his regiment was having trouble getting into Bosnia but when an opportunity came through via the Macedonian border, the troops were deployed within 48 hours.

That kind of flexibility and adaptability in the military can translate into strong skills in a civilian career. But it can be difficult to transition from military life to civilian life — the two are very different worlds.

Typically, someone in the military is not thinking about work after the military, according to Walden, who served with Canadian and British regiments until 1998 and then ended up working for Procter & Gamble before joining RBC in 2005.