Medical Assitant or Marine Engineering?

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  1. Medical Assistant or Marine Engineering?

    Hi, as you can see im new to the forum and just want a little bit of help in deciding which job would be right for me. It's obviously a big step and just want to make the right decision! I've looked through the RN site at both ME (SM) and MA (SM), plus i have some information packs from 8 years ago (I had wanted to join when i was 17 but I was talked out of it by friends, i was young and impressionable back then) but I just want a bit more of an insight from people who have been either of these roles or who have inside knowledge.

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Ah thanks, didn't see that :D

    Well I prefer to be constantly active when at work, if thats not possible then as active as possible, I can't stand waiting for things to happen, or stop and start work. I'd prefer to work under pressure than not have anything to do. Which of these two jobs therefore would be closer to this requirement? Or are there any other jobs that would be better suited to me?
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  3. Viz MA or Mechanical Engineering.....What sort of plumbing turns you on and will give more "job" satifaction.
  4. At sea both branches tend to watchkeep and do "on watch" tasks, otherwise it's sitting around waiting for something to happen.

    Alongside the MA is everything from Dr's appt maker, first aider to nurse practitioner and the ME just works balls out stripping everything apart and putting it back together before sailing again!!

    Both my opinion snapshots.
  5. Okay thanks, so there is more work involved in ME, which may suit me more. Is there any other job in a submarine that is perhaps more work, work, work? I understand that in all jobs there may at some point be an element of waiting but i thrive on being active, with my hands or head, it doesn't matter. :p Thanks for the replies!
  6. I'd definitely say the ME's have it harder alongside (fnarr fnarr) but there again I'm biased. When I got drafted to a fwd billet I was chuffed to get out of the back aft work cycle.
  7. Well i'll be going to the careers adviser in a couple of weeks, after my holiday, so i'm sure he will give me a bit more information but i obviously don't want to choose something and then not enjoy it! I guess I will have to get a certain score on the mechanical comprehension part of the psychometric test in order to be eligible for a ME right?

    I've been looking around the forums as well and some guy said that he has to wait 48 months until he can become a seaman specialist, are the ME that long too or is it just for his specific job he chose?
  8. I don't know the waiting times but ET(ME)(SM) isn't as long as 4 years.
  9. Lol thanks, well I guess i don't want to be a MA then :D, the sample psychometric questions they had were pretty easy but i read somewhere that they are alot harder in the real thing, just not sure how hard, but i think i'll do im not a bumder lol, plus i'm sure thats copyrighted by the Inbetweeners :p
  10. Sorry but this is tosh.

    Medical Assistants are essentially paramedics with extended skills in administration and primary care (ie GP like stuff). They do not get any medical qualification that is recognised outside the RN (at present), are not nurses and are most certainly not nurse practitioners (who are experienced nurses who have done a separate course pertaining to one area, eg primary care).

    I am not a submariner so I'll let someone else explain the details of what a MA(SM) does, but the above post is a pretty inaccurate view of an MA.
  11. But surely you would get some transferable skills to be used in certain medical based civilian jobs for example as a paramedic ? And you do get the Red Geneva Cross, does that not count for anything much then?
  12. Skills, yes; experience, yes; bit of paper, no. MAs have no civilian equivalent and no recognisable qualification. That does not mean they are useless - far from it. It merely means that when they leave the RN they cannot walk straight into a medical-esque job without doing extra courses.
  13. AD, I didn't mean to imply they were qualified as a nurse practitioner, apologies if that how it came across. What I meant was that at sea on an SSN normally only a POMA and an LMA/MA are carried so the MA has a wide area to cover if/when things go wrong. They are, in effect, Nurse, Doctor and Pharmacist until a patient can be landed (and they're also planesmen and Health Physicists)
  14. Just because there isn't a nurse / doctor on board doesn't mean anyone can assume their role! There is no Michelin starred chef on board, but that doesn't mean the Killick Chef can start charging £30 for a mushy pea foam!
  15. You misread my post AD, nobody does assume a doctors role but the MA's ARE the medically trained SME's for want of a better description unless you count the Cox'n who does a mickey mouse medical/dental course.

    Let's face it, if your under the ice and you cut your finger off...who ya gonna call????
  16. Yeah it does state that a MA on a sub will be the only qualified medical person/s on board as they're are no doctors available in the submarine service, so technically, an MA would HAVE to possibly take on a doctors/surgeons role if an occasion arose for it. But then you could argue that what constitutes as a doctors role on a ship could just be an extension of an MA's responsibility on a boat.
  17. We never needed any Brain Surgeons in boats but some Gynae specialist have already been shortlisted for the inevitable........
  18. Lol. Just wondering if its really safe to allow them in boats. What about the safety of the men on board? A sub is not as big as a ship...wouldn't like to be near em when they're time of the month rolls around!
  19. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    If you persist in calling Submarines/Boats subs someone is likely to shove one of your kebabs up your arse
  20. Sorry i meant sub, as a delicious sandwich from Subway! :D But seriously i did not know it wasn't right to call them "subs"? I had no idea and sorry if i offended you or anyone, I will from now on call them either boats or submarines. Thanks for the tip!

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