Te whakahuritanga

Any change can be stressful and a period of transition ahead - whether it be a change in role, living circumstances or other life changes - can create stress. Early preparation is key to ensuring your successful transition; it’s never too early to start thinking or planning.

Preparing for transition

The prospect of making the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for many people, especially if you have been in the NZDF for many years, or if the decision to leave has been sudden or involuntary. It's important you get support through this transition in a way that acknowledges both the opportunities and challenges ahead, and the apprehension that can sometimes be associated with this. It's also important that you feel recognised for your services and contributions.

Make sure you access additional support if transition is feeling difficult, to smooth the path for you, reduce the likelihood of issues cropping up down the track, and prepare you for success in your future endeavours.

There are many things you can do to get ready for transition. The NZDF Transition Guide (included further down) contains a range of useful information to help you prepare, to understand and recognise feelings and difficulties people sometimes experience during transition, to give you tips for a successful transition, and let you know where you can go for a helping hand.

Getting support

NZDF Career & Transition Coaches are available for planning your transition within the military and navigating the move from military to civilian life.

Covering all camps and bases, career transition staff support Regular Force personnel who are leaving or considering leaving the Defence Force. They provide confidential and impartial advice to help you create a successful and sustainable career inside and outside the military. They have well-established community and business networks, global and local experience across industries, sectors and occupations at all levels.

Career and transition coaches empower you to:

  • Gain insight into your skills, interests, drivers, values and personality, and how these  impact your job choice, career direction and sustainability
  • Consider suitable options for work, and identify industries, employers or training opportunities
  • Translate your skills into ‘civilian speak’
  • Understand and make the most of the job application process, including CVs, cover letters, interview skills, LinkedIn, and pay negotiations
  • Develop your ‘personal brand’ for your job search process
  • Understand where to get additional support outside the NZDF should you need it

For more information on Career and Transition coaches and to find your local one click here or you can contact for further information.