Advice on choosing a career

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  1. Hi my names Charley and I've recently past my psychometric test unfortunately did not get very good results the job I got offered are Warfare Specialist, Aircraft Handler and Steward Catering (Submarine). I know it's up to me in what I like to archive in the future, but if you had to choice what one and why I originally wanted to work on a submarine as a marine engineer, but didn't get the results once I've made a choice I can ask for an interview.

    Thanks in advance Charley
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  2. They are three VERY different careers. What do you want to do? What do you want to get out of your job? If there was a diagram of career choices these three would be at the very points of the triangle.
  3. I've Found submarines interesting and also like working with my hand in engineering I'd like to stay in the navy for as long as possible. And, to get to go out to sea a lot also to get the best out of my career.

  4. AAF

    AAF Badgeman

    You can take the test again Charley if it is engineering you have set your heart on, it would mean you join later but study hard and re-take the test. Give your AFCO a bell.
  5. Unfortunately I've taken the Test twice and haven't got another chance I was thinking of being a Warfare Specialst and transferring to the submarines, but the AFCO send that doesn't happen as much now.

  6. If you want sea and hands on, warfare would be for you. As a handler you could spend significant amounts of time ashore with no real challenge and steward is a very niche career choice.
  7. Thanks for the advice when I got told about the steward it came across to me as a waitress and stacking shelves not to be rude for anyone who is one, but it doesn't sound that interesting, but I would appreciate more information about being a steward only reason I would take that job is to be in a submarine.
  8. Don't go for Steward just because you fancy being a Submariner. If you ended up hating both your career would be a misery. My advice(for what it's worth) is go Warfare as that is the best option if it is sea time you're after.
    PS Discuss it with your AFCO and get the full details before taking the decision.
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  9. Go warfare.
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Don't forget to tell anyone that will listen, after you join, that your AFCO made you join in a job you didn't want and that you wanted to join in a technical trade, but they probably get paid extra to fill other branches. It's kinda tradition.

    Just to add, Warfare Specialist is about a two year wait to join, Steward is considerably less. Whichever you choose, good luck.
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  11. You mean I didn't have to be a diver...NOW he tells me..Cheers Oppo !
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  12. I personally would choose steward catering because of the tranferable skills you gain i.e. you'd be able to go into the hospitality industry if/when you leave.
  13. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Thanks everyone for the advice its greatly appreciated I've made a decision to go on as a warfare specialist just because I'll be something I'll enjoy hopefully and maybe be able to transfer to submarines later on in my career.[/FONT]
  14. Does anyone else get the feeling Ninja is feeling a bit narked at the moment with some of his potential recruits or some he guided in their career in the past? :p

    Good luck Charley hope it all works out for you.
  15. No, not really.
  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I tend to agree the transferable qualifications are better as a Steward but there's something in the Brit psyche that has an underlying antipathy to working in the service industry whereas in Europe, it is something to aspire toward. I personally attribute it to the perceived 'class system' that is not as evident in other countries.

    With regard my earlier comments on this thread, no bitterness intended, just the maintenance of humour and Naval tradition. I wanted to be an SAS bomb disposal Commando Pilot, but my Careers Adviser was crap and told me Stoker was better. Turns out, it is.

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