6 Steps to Get Into Nuclear

Updated: Oct 18

Finding a job is hard work. This is particularly so when entering an industry you may not have worked in before.

At getintonuclear.com we have worked with hundreds of candidates and nuclear employers over the course of the last 4 or so years and have used this experience to create an online course which will guide you through the process of creating a CV perfect for the nuclear industry. In addition to this we can help you to create a supporting job seeking strategy for you to follow over the next couple months as you embark on finding a role.

Note: the 6 steps actually apply to any industry at all.

Before you begin, we have created the below in a manner that you can go it alone without any further help or guidance. We have also created an online course to walk you through the steps. This course was originally free to use. However, we was finding that as it was free people didn’t follow all of the steps to the end. About 12 months ago we made a change and starting charging a nominal £7 for the course. It is a number that isn't going to break your bank or make us millionaires but it is a commitment of intent between us both. The results have spoken for themselves.

To repeat the course is not mandatory, you are more than capable of completing the steps below. However, if you would like a little more guidance and some tips in the process feel free to follow the online course version of the six-steps to get into nuclear here.

Step 1: Know Who You Are

This step is all about you. It is important that you understand who you are in terms of your back story, your skills, qualifications and your strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats. The better understand of this you have the more successful your job seeking endeavours will be.

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Grab something to take notes on (and a glass of wine if it helps) and really take some time to consider the below:

Your Background:

Your culture and experiences

  • Sporting background

  • Hobbies and interests

Your skills:

  • Your qualifications and training

  • Job related skills

  • Generalist skills

  • Skills an employer would be interested in

  • Transferrable skills

Your Qualifications:

  • Building on the above list everything and anything

Your SWOT:

  • Assess your Strengths

  • Assess your Weaknesses

  • Consider your Opportunities

  • Consider your Threats

Step 2: Know What You Want

Know that you have a good understanding of yourself you can now consider why you are looking for a career move, what you want from a new job and you can define clear what it is that you are looking for.

Ensure that you have clear in your own mind why you are looking for a new challenge and be happy that it is the right time to make a change. This may seem trivial but if you have buy-in that this is the right thing it will come across strongly in your CV and your whole recruitment endeavour in your language and the way that you present yourself.

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  1. Now that you are clear on why you need change of career and it is the right time now is a good opportunity to consider what you want to new career to be like. Start with the end in mind and consider what it is that you are looking for - or to avoid in work this time around.

  2. Make a list of jobs you might be interested in, and narrow it down to three. Then, do your research: Find out what people in those jobs do on a daily basis, tap your network to see if anyone has insights about the positions, identify skills you might need, and research training options, if necessary.

  3. If you’re having trouble figuring out what you might be good at, take an assessment test such as Strength Finders or the Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Career Report.

There are only 3 small tips but you can spend quite a bit of time here and what you learn about yourself will pay dividends as you continue on your journey. Assessments such as Myers/Briggs help to not only understand yourself but to appreciate others around you also. Now lets kick on a start to make it a reality. Treat it as a project and put together a timeline and find ways to dedicate your time and energy to the process, especially if you decide to apply to multiple jobs.

  1. Make out a want list — write down everything that you would like to see come about in your life.

  2. After you have completed your want list, number the items in their order of importance.

  3. Make item number one as your present primary goal; use the balance of the list for later reference.

  4. Inscribe your current goal on this commitment card, print it out, and carry it with you in your wallet.

Step 3: Know The Business

We of course here are taking about the Nuclear Industry in the UK. But as mentioned above this can be applied to pretty any industry, sector, business or skill. Do not underestimate how important this step is. It will allow you to be able to converse in the language of the particular industry and have meaning, interesting things to say about the key topics of the day.

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For the nuclear industry we recommend starting our UK Nuclear Industry overview page which has all of the key links for you to learn about the industry. We would also recommend subscribing to our mailing list of following our Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn pages where we share most of the news stories of the day.

Step 4: Know The Skills

The best way that we have found to explore the skills needed in a particular field that you are interested in is by jumping onto job search sites. The intent of this exercise is to allow you the time to fully understand the roles available to you in your chosen job function within the nuclear industry. The job specifications themselves are THE best way of being able to deep dive into the specifics on any one role. 

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Head over to jobs.getintonuclear.com and spend some time searching for live roles in the UK Nuclear Industry making notes of the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience needed for the roles that you are interested in.

Additionally familiarise yourself with the vetting requirements of the nuclear industry.

It is now time to put your efforts to use and get going with starting to create your CV that will be your first foot in the door to the nuclear industry.

In the Six-Steps to Get Into Nuclear you will find a draft template of a CV which you may want to use as you proceed with the below. This is not a requirement and you are free to build you own CV using your own template or method.

Step 5: Know The People

Now that we have put the effort into defining who you are and what you want; learned about the nuclear industry, the roles and created your CV; we need to now formulate a plan to put you front and centre when that perfect role lands.

The key idea is that getting a job is about convincing someone that you have something valuable to offer. So you should focus on doing whatever employers will find most convincing. That means instead of sending out lots of CVs, focus on getting recommendations validating that you can do the work.

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Put yourself in the frame of mind that you are now actively seeking work in the nuclear industry. During this step there will be a need for massive action. And continued action. Some of this may initially be out of your comfort zone. 

We recommend that you push yourself out of your comfort zone but don't do anything that you do not feel at all comfortable with. As an example you may be fine having social media interactions with influencers in your field, you may be okay with posting a video on LinkedIn but you may not feel comfortable creating a podcast in your field of expertise. This is fine. Just be you.

You may find our previous post on creating job opportunities useful here.

Step 6: Be Known

Okay so your finally here. Step 6 is where it is time to put a plan in place and then execute - Ready, Fire, Aim. 

At this stage in the plan we need to do when considering that we want to "Be Known".... is identifying who do we need to be known by to be referred for our dream role in the nuclear industry. The method to employ to make this happen from the Ultimate Sales Machine book is the "Dream 100 Effort".

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To identify you Dream 100 you start by creating four separate lists, each with 25 dream members:

  1.  Bloggers

  2.  Social Media Personalities

  3.  Business Owners/List Owners

  4.  Podcasters

Choose people who serve your ideal employers, but don’t compete with you or what you offer. Make getting to know these influencers part of your daily routine. You do this by reading and commenting on their blog; liking photos of a finished project they posted on LinkedIn; adding an engaging comment to the topic of the day on Twitter and referencing them in you own content.

There is much more on this in Step 6 of Six-Steps to Get Into Nuclear online course but being active online, attending events and webinars will surely put you in pole position to land that role.

Commitment to Yourself

The above is hard work and requires massive action but the rewards on the other said in our experience have been well worth it. Just completing an application form and submitting your generic CV is not going to cut it right now. There are often 250+ applications for a single role so you need to find a way of standing out.

We genuinely wish you the best of luck in your endeavour to find work in the nuclear industry. We are all workers in the industry and would love for you to get the same job satisfaction that we get on a daily basis. If nuclear doesn't work out for you feel free to tweak the above and apply it to other industries.

Get Into Nuclear

As always thanks for reading and supporting us in our aim of providing the answer to the question "so how can I get into nuclear?" to as many people as possible. 
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can Get Into Nuclear click on the most relevant link to you below:
- Find out more about the nuclear industry in general
- Dive right in, set up a profile and start applying for jobs
- Learn more about where to find jobs in the UK nuclear industry
- Develop a nuclear CV and job seeking strategy
Alternatively, if you are a nuclear business or nuclear employer check out our range of nuclear client services that we offer.

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