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Old May 2nd 2012, 4:12 pm
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Hey there I am 27 soon to leave the British army and will be completing cable telecommunication/fibre optic courses. I have heard there is alot of work abroad in this industry and it is my ambition to work abroad. Just wondering if anyone could give me advice on this matter I am willing to work anywhere with my final intention to settle in Australia. Any advice would be great cheers.
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Hello Exarmy,
I'm located in Vermont in the US and can give you some info on the fiber optic job front here.
A lot of fiber has already been strung (the common way of deploying the cable in the US is from telephone poles) in the major population areas (NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, LA, etc.) by the major carriers - QWest, AT&T, ComCast, etc. The ongoing need for fiber is in the less populated rural areas - New England and the West and, I suspect, most of the State of Alaska. These areas are where the big boys don't want to play due to the lack of population density and the government doesn't have the testicular fortitude to force them. As a result, many towns and villages are building their own networks. If they don't, people leave because businesses won't come or stay without broadband Internet connections.
These projects tend to be small scale (less than 5,000 subscribers) that are managed by the town, a cooperative, or some other citizen initiative with the fiber is strung by outside firms specializing in this type of project. So employment opportunities will be with these firms as well as the big boys who need techs to maintain the network.
I hope you find this info helpful and best of luck in your civilian career.
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Originally Posted by staevart
Hello Exarmy,
I'm located in Vermont in the US and can give you some info on the fiber optic job front here.
A lot of fiber has already been strung (the common way of deploying the cable in the US is from telephone poles) in the major population areas (NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, LA, etc.) by the major carriers - QWest, AT&T, ComCast, etc. The ongoing need for fiber is in the less populated rural areas - New England and the West and, I suspect, most of the State of Alaska. These areas are where the big boys don't want to play due to the lack of population density and the government doesn't have the testicular fortitude to force them. As a result, many towns and villages are building their own networks. If they don't, people leave because businesses won't come or stay without broadband Internet connections.
These projects tend to be small scale (less than 5,000 subscribers) that are managed by the town, a cooperative, or some other citizen initiative with the fiber is strung by outside firms specializing in this type of project. So employment opportunities will be with these firms as well as the big boys who need techs to maintain the network.
I hope you find this info helpful and best of luck in your civilian career.
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You can pretty much write the US off as an option, its getting exceptionally hard to get a green card or employment opportunities in the US these days. Already looked into it, taking a degree into consideration.

As an ex-squaddie myself, I would say the resettlement courses arent worth naff all mate. As a REME Radar Engineer with an ONC in Electronic Engineering, I still found it very hard to gain a decent job. Most employers wanted HNC above (Staff Sergeant level)that could solve most of their problems for them or J.E.E.P.S that they could pay minimum wage. No room for middle men.

You havent mentioned which Regiment or Corp you're in, so I'll assume you have no previous experience in this area (apologies if thats wrong.) Personally I would recommend that you forget the cable course, and grab your HGV 1 and hazmat licences if possible, then when you get out do some agency work to build your funds and then go on a full time college course or even apply to Uni. With a proper diploma or a degree you find it far easier to find a job in that industry and work in other countries when the opportunity presents itself.

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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you, another set of great help is the permanent threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

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Originally Posted by Reaver
You can pretty much write the US off as an option, its getting exceptionally hard to get a green card or employment opportunities in the US these days. Already looked into it, taking a degree into consideration.

As an ex-squaddie myself, I would say the resettlement courses arent worth naff all mate. As a REME Radar Engineer with an ONC in Electronic Engineering, I still found it very hard to gain a decent job. Most employers wanted HNC above (Staff Sergeant level)that could solve most of their problems for them or J.E.E.P.S that they could pay minimum wage. No room for middle men.

You havent mentioned which Regiment or Corp you're in, so I'll assume you have no previous experience in this area (apologies if thats wrong.) Personally I would recommend that you forget the cable course, and grab your HGV 1 and hazmat licences if possible, then when you get out do some agency work to build your funds and then go on a full time college course or even apply to Uni. With a proper diploma or a degree you find it far easier to find a job in that industry and work in other countries when the opportunity presents itself.

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Cheers for the advice, I'm Royal Signals corporal. Got to be honest I've only heard good things about the communications industry.
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Cheers for the advice, I'm Royal Signals corporal. Got to be honest I've only heard good things about the communications industry.
Ive pm'ed you my friend.
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Ive pm'ed you my friend.
Cheers mate but I'm not allowed to read it until I've made 3 posts which I find wierd.
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Cheers mate but I'm not allowed to read it until I've made 3 posts which I find wierd.
I know I am sorry for the inconvenience, we have to have that rule in place in order to deter spammers who try and target members via the Private Message system.

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Hi exarmy

Have a look at immi.gov.au. There's a visa wizard on there and see what visa, if any, you are eligible for.

Depending on your age / dependants it may be worth coming out here for a year on a WHV to get a feel for the country and see what the employment opportunities are like in the communication industry. It's very difficult to get a job here while still in the UK x

We came in through the ADF lateral route
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Hi exarmy

Have a look at immi.gov.au. There's a visa wizard on there and see what visa, if any, you are eligible for.

Depending on your age / dependants it may be worth coming out here for a year on a WHV to get a feel for the country and see what the employment opportunities are like in the communication industry. It's very difficult to get a job here while still in the UK x

We came in through the ADF lateral route
Thanks, how long have you been there?
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