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  1. AjN

    AjN Midshipman

    Hi all

    I had my RT test on Monday and scored for ET(MESM).One of my teachers has confused me telling me it's not a good job and that I will have practically no transferable engineering skills or qualifications in civvy street. I have a good idea how accurate what he's saying is but wanted all of your advice, how true is what he is saying? Do you get good transferable skills in civvy street? Also what jobs would you recommend for engineering in the navy which will have good transferable skills if it's not?

    All your help will be appreciated, just being confused by what's being said and needs so help.

    Thank you
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Does your teacher have service-related experience in the field of Nuclear Engineering and civilian employment for Nuclear Panel Watchkeepers, I wonder?

    The level of academic attainment and transferable skills increases in relation to time served and professional qualifying courses completed. It is possible to gain a BSc in nuclear engineering if you have the time and inclination. In my experience, that makes you eminently employable.

    What job is your teacher suggesting you take-up?
  3. AjN

    AjN Midshipman

    So the opportunities are good with the ET(MESM)?

    He talks about being in the Navy but has never mentioned what he did and he didn't offer any form of advice on which career to pursue he just spent his time telling me that I won't get anywhere with it and that the career advisers are just trying to fill a quota.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Generally a careers teacher will advise what jobs you maybe better suited toward rather than simply dismiss jobs out of hand without citing proof of their knowledge/experience in a specialist area.

    As a qualified careers adviser my job is to recruit to retain, so there's not much point trying to make people do a job they neither want nor are suited because they'll just jib it in the first six months. Every recruit that quits during the first six months costs the service about £15k in recruiting costs & wages, let alone the cost of training. Careers Advisers may well make you aware of shortage categories but there's no incentive to recruit into those branches because we have to keep repeating our efforts. At a time when we're trying to grow the Navy, short-term gains are pretty pointless.

    For those who claim the AFCO "made" then join in a job they later say they hated are usually neglecting to mention they choose their job, not the AFCO - but if they score too low for their first aspiration, we will advise what job options remain.
  5. AjN

    AjN Midshipman

    My AFCO has been really good to me I must say, I just got put down by the teachers comments after I felt proud for getting what could be classed as a good score in the RT Test. I generally needed reassurance about the opportunities available with the ET(MESM) career path from someone like yourself.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Perhaps a letter to the head teacher from your parents may help clarify the logic behind the careers advice from your careers teacher.

    I am legally bound to give correct careers advice and my job demands it. It may well be your teacher has valid reasons behind his advice and it would be interesting to hear the reason behind his advice.
  7. He is chatting utter BS, all engineering in any service has transferable skills for civvy street, you gain a multitude of qualifications throughout your career including civlian accreditation from the engineering council (The IET for example). If you are switch on, you can promote up the food chain and gain a civlian degree in engineering. Its all down to how much you want to put in, the more you put in, the more you get back.

    He sounds like someone who tried and failed. I am transfering from the Army, as i believe the Navy are offering much more for their engineering trades.

    I would speak to your AFCO and ignore the crap that is spouting form his mouth.
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  8. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    Go MESM and you'll earn a salary that your teacher can only dream of......... I teach MESMSs. Do it now...

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