Career Pursuit: Understanding the Needs of UK Armed Forces Families

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A conversation with Helen Massy about the launch of ‘Career Pursuit’, a pioneering magazine designed to inform, support, and connect military spouses, partners, and veterans on career-related matters.

‘Career Pursuit’ was launched in response to a review commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defence in 2020 entitled ‘Living in Our Shoes’. The review sought to understand the impact of the current and likely future support structures and needs of Service families, and to assess if the Government is equipped to respond to their needs.

Moving with the military can have an impact on your career and aspirations. There is a wealth of support available, but it is not always easy to find. ‘Career Pursuit’ was developed to put all the information in one place. With advice, resources and top tips from successful entrepreneurs and experts, the magazine emphasises that moving around with your military partner does not mean giving up on your own ambitions, and may even help propel you to the next professional career level.

The importance and influence of ‘Career Pursuit’ was quickly recognised, leading to sponsorship from Barclays and RAF Astra. From being produced on a kitchen table, the magazine has grown into a fully-fledged publication with 900 copies distributed to Navy, Army and RAF information offices, UK-wide. In addition, a digital version of the magazine is freely available via the weblink here, ensuring military spouses and partners are supported in both the UK and overseas.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Helen will discuss the key challenges facing military families on the move, and the importance of providing free access to expert and valuable career support.

Helen Massy is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Career Pursuit’. She has an extensive background as a health care professional and as a senior leader in the UK National Health Service (NHS), along with being a mother to three young children and a well-travelled military spouse.

The webinar will be moderated by Professor Trevor Taylor, Director of the Defence, Industries and Society programme, RUSI.

This event is open to RUSI members and will take place online via Zoom. To become a member, please click here.

To take part you must pre-register no later than 25 August using the ‘Register to attend’ button above.

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