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AET future career prospects

Skawtish

Midshipman
I know i shouldn't be thinking this far ahead but, I am.
I seen a thread on another forum where the response was rather dim and disparaging, at least in regard to work in civil aviation. Is this true? The consensus seem to be that your experience and qualifications gained in the RN are virtually worthless in the civilian sector.
If that is true in regards civil aviation, does a naval career open up any other alternative doors?
I don't want to find myself stacking shelves in lidl in 20 years time.
 

shinson

Lantern Swinger
It depends. Do as much as you can while you are in and you will be fine. I know lads who I joined with, who are service with the CHF and they have been put through their HGV amongst other courses.

I left just before my 18th birthday and soon realised that my training at Sultan and paperwork didn't mean much - and as such I am currently in the process of re joining 13 years later!!
 

slim

War Hero
As an AET junior rate your prospects in civie street are not great.
However use the system to your advantage, progress as quickly as you can to senior rate level then you will have entered a new world.
Qualifications recognised by civilian employers.
Once you leave you are not restricted to the world of aircraft,
I became a field engineer for BAe and worked on submarines and was lead field engineer on the Phalanx system
I then entered the Tobacco industry working on high speed cigarette making equipment worldwide.

The service has a great deal to offer but its up to the individual to take advantage of what is on offer.
While your mates are out on the piss you could be studying for your next rate.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
My eldest was an AET and used his learning credits, so pusser paid for him to do an HNC in Mechanical Design.

He did 7 years and left and is now an NDT engineer with Flybe. The educational opportunities are there if you want them.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Interestingly, the RAF, who require entry level secondary school qualifications for those wishing to join as technicians have considered following the RN initiative.

The RN initiative recognises that very often people aged 15 or 16 can be, to put it bluntly, immature. If they are, there's a higher than average probability they may well underachieve in their GCSEs. Doesn't mean they aren't intellectually technically capable, just means they are condemned by much in industry for the rest of their lives....but not necessarily in the Navy, where they will also help fund additional recognised academic qualifications.

The Royal Navy Recruit Test is a psychometric test specifically designed to test the individual has the intellectual capacity to successfully complete the 'technical' training for a specific branch - irrespective of academic attainment or mental maturity.

As stated above, for those wishing to start with nothing and leave with something the Navy is probably one of the more enlightened employers. The skills and qualifications gained are eminently transferable into the civilian sector - maybe not always directly (otherwise everyone would gain their bit of paper and bugger off) but there are a host of skills learned along the way which makes AETs in particular, sought-after in the civilian sector. Particularly those who reach Leading Rate and upwards
 
I left with a HNC (Done off my own back) an NVQ3 (again I did the hard work but the pusser paid). I did a four week Design Engineering Course and was offered a Design Engineer (Avionics) job 8 months before I left the mob, did that for a few years and was offered a cushy little number in Tech Support (C-130 Foreign Military). Still working for the same company.

I agree with the posts above, leaving as an AET does not make you immediately attractive to the big airlines but there are a number that have got into them and are doing well, I know a few that work for Harrods aviation at Luton. The best thing to do is crack out as many qualifications you can using your learning credits and see where that takes you. There are things to be said about a warm office in Winter or a freezing airfield/airport.​
 

Skawtish

Midshipman
Cheers for the information, yous' have put my mind at ease a little.
I'm still slightly concerned, because of my age- im 26 and haven't yet even applied. How quickly can one feasibly reach senior rate level? Will my age when i leave put me at a big disadvantage in the engineering job market?
I know these questions make it sound like i'm just joining to leave, which isn't the case. I'm joining because i want to have a career in the RN but, not for the rest of my life.

was lead field engineer on the Phalanx system
I then entered the Tobacco industry working on high speed cigarette making equipment worldwide.
The mental image of a phalanx firing out cigarettes gave me a good laugh.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Job opportunities after the RN are proportionate to the amount of effort you apply when serving. Work hard, get promoted. Get as much education and training as you can and the world is your oyster.
One thing about Civvy Street, it rewards those that put the effort in.
I work with a few ex RN senior rates, now retired who became heads of various departments in some major players. BAE, Bendix, BA, Monarch, Quinetic, to name a few. Several aircrewmen are four ring airline pilots. Don't look at the negatives now. Look at the positives. The RN will give you the confidence to get on with life and not look at the what ifs!!!!
 

slim

War Hero
Cheers for the information, yous' have put my mind at ease a little.
I'm still slightly concerned, because of my age- im 26 and haven't yet even applied. How quickly can one feasibly reach senior rate level? Will my age when i leave put me at a big disadvantage in the engineering job market?
I know these questions make it sound like i'm just joining to leave, which isn't the case. I'm joining because i want to have a career in the RN but, not for the rest of my life.


The mental image of a phalanx firing out cigarettes gave me a good laugh.

A modern ciggy making machine fires out ciggies at a far faster rate than Phalanx how about 10000 per minute continuously? ;)
 

Skawtish

Midshipman
A modern ciggy making machine fires out ciggies at a far faster rate than Phalanx how about 10000 per minute continuously? ;)
That's fascinating.
If you think about it, it's more lethal than a phalanx too.
What a world we live in.
 

Hooly

Lantern Swinger
Just bin AET and join as an ME ET civvys are falling over each other to employ them o_O and you get to be in the actual Navy and not on some air base
 

Waspie

War Hero
Just bin AET and join as an ME ET civvys are falling over each other to employ them o_O and you get to be in the actual Navy and not on some air base

What!!!!! And go below two deck????? Are you mad????????:mad::mad::mad:
Sun, clicky beds and flying off before you buggers. Thats the Wafu way!!!! :):)
 
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