Squadron Leader Hannah Welch at Northern Power Futures

Squadron Leader Hannah Welch joined us at Northern Power Futures Newcastle on the panel for Your Career 2.0. Changing profession from a Market Planner for Mars UK, Hannah has had a varied career in the Royal Air Force. We sat down with Hannah to talk about changing careers and knowing when it’s time to get a new job.

Could you please introduce yourself and your organisation for our NPF readers?

I’m Squadron Leader Hannah Welch, from the Royal Air Force, and at the moment I’m based in Camberley.

Why are you here at Northern Power Futures?

I’m speaking on the Your Career 2.0 panel about how I changed my career. I’m also chatting to people and engaging, explaining that that armed forces is not what people think – we’re not all killer robots!

That is good to hear! Is there any advice for changing career? How did you decide it was time for you to switch careers?

For me it was a feeling, I was compelled to do it. I thought about it a lot, in an almost exhausting way, that I had to make a decision in the end. It came through self-knowledge and realising that I wasn’t a good organisational fit where I was, so I needed to make a change. 


So knowing yourself, how you feel and where your limits are. Have you got any advice for people who want to switch careers or change jobs?

Like I said, self-knowledge was really important to me. In my old job, we did an exercise called “strength-finder” and I found out my key strengths really didn’t fit in with the rest of my team. I wasn’t really using them and I wanted to be using them. If you can take steps to get to know your strengths, that is really important.

That’s interesting as that could feel really isolating to someone in a role, but you realised, I need to use my strengths elsewhere, instead of trying to fit into a box. That’s really cool. What do you hope to gain and take away from NPFs?

Already some inspiration! It’s always a fantastically diverse and inspirational bunch of people that end up in the room. You can tell I’m pretty into self-knowledge and self-improvement and I think the best way to learn is through other people’s experiences. Lots of people really sharing that freely today so that’s really great.

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Northern Power Futures photographs taken by Thomas Jackson at TyneSight Photography

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