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New role?

DCand72

Midshipman
Ok, so I'm currently going through my application to join. I have today passed my interview for warfare specialist. However, my CA has advised me to look into some other job roles as my test scores make me eligible for most.

My question is, what do/did you guys do? What did you like about it and what did you gain? Just wanting peoples general experiences in their roles.

Ive been contemplating weapon engineering, Hydrography or possiblly CIS on surface? But I really don't know, they all sound interesting. Any help is much appreciated :)
 

RabC

MIA
If you want something marketable in civvy street then go engineering.
 
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slim

War Hero
Listen to RabC
An engineering will set you up for life as most engineering skills are readily transferrable to civvie life.
Have not seen many job adverts for seaman specialists though
 

Sumo

War Hero
Listen to RabC
An engineering will set you up for life as most engineering skills are readily transferrable to civvie life.
Have not seen many job adverts for seaman specialists though
@slim they do on the RN Web for recruiting?
Any engineering trade, or trade that can be transferred to civy life, medical, chef?
 

slim

War Hero
@slim they do on the RN Web for recruiting?
Any engineering trade, or trade that can be transferred to civy life, medical, chef?

Sorry Sumo I forgot all about the RNs requirement.
Of course any trade will give some qualifications that can be transferred to civiee street.
Many firms employ ex service just because they are ex service and have a good work ethic.
Ex Senior rates are often recruited for supervisory and management positions.
Its just that in my eyes engineering has the edge over all other trades.
It certainly stood me in good stead!
 

Sumo

War Hero
Sorry Sumo I forgot all about the RNs requirement.
Of course any trade will give some qualifications that can be transferred to civiee street.
Many firms employ ex service just because they are ex service and have a good work ethic.
Ex Senior rates are often recruited for supervisory and management positions.
Its just that in my eyes engineering has the edge over all other trades.
It certainly stood me in good stead!
And me :p
 

DCand72

Midshipman
Sorry Sumo I forgot all about the RNs requirement.
Of course any trade will give some qualifications that can be transferred to civiee street.
Many firms employ ex service just because they are ex service and have a good work ethic.
Ex Senior rates are often recruited for supervisory and management positions.
Its just that in my eyes engineering has the edge over all other trades.
It certainly stood me in good stead!
Yeah I think its going to be the route I go. Certainly can't hurt to get those NVQs.
 

DCand72

Midshipman
Thanks for all the advice guys. After much deliberating over job roles I finally put my role down today for AET. Now I have to wait to re-interview over the phone.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Thanks for all the advice guys. After much deliberating over job roles I finally put my role down today for AET. Now I have to wait to re-interview over the phone.
Good choice, my eldest lad was an AET, he did 6 years and is now a NDT Engineer (Non Destructive Test for the unknowing) for what was Flybe Engineering, now taken over by Virgin I think.

And I say that as an ex-ME(L) :)
 
AET is a good route to jobs in civvy street.

I left 10 years ago and have been a:

Avionic Design Engineer (C-130, Tristar, Vulcan, Gliders)
Tech Support Engineer ( C-130)
Field Support Manager (Netherlands in Country).

I know a few Stokers locally who are hands on with emergency generators. An ex Tiff (spit) WE who is an electrician for the MOD (Married patch). Another Stoker who designs wiring runs for posh hotels around the world.
 

Sumo

War Hero
I am ex WE surface and submarines, working, avionic navigation systems?
Engineering trades are transferable.
 

slim

War Hero
I am ex WE surface and submarines, working, avionic navigation systems?
Engineering trades are transferable.
Looks like we swapped rolls
I was a Wafu Radio Radar when I left after my 22 worked for BAe as a weapons engineer on Sins, GSA8 Sea Archer, and Phalanx.
As we both had a complete change of environment I think this proves that skills taught by the RN are very transferrable
 

Sumo

War Hero
Looks like we swapped rolls
I was a Wafu Radio Radar when I left after my 22 worked for BAe as a weapons engineer on Sins, GSA8 Sea Archer, and Phalanx.
As we both had a complete change of environment I think this proves that skills taught by the RN are very transferrable
My first 13yrs out was Astute and CVF, then a job at home with Aerospace since 2011, part of our adaptable skills and approach to life.
 
... a complete change of environment I think this proves that skills taught by the RN are very transferrable

Agree totally - after leaving the Andrew the wife & I ran our own laundry business for 20yrs with 45 commercial washers & dryers, plus boilers, pumps, water softeners, steam generators & pressing machines, ventilation fans, snack bar outfit, office IT, CCTV, etc etc.

Callouts for eqpt repairs (which required notice of anything between two - seven days) varied between £60-£95 plus VAT (incl. the first 15 mins labour) Hourly rates thereafter were similar. (Soon discovered that most external "engineers" were merely fitters/mechanics)
.
As the in-house engineer the practical experience gained across a wide range of electrical/electronic/mechanical/gas & hydraulic systems within the SM WE & ME world stood me in good stead for 95% of our repairs, avoiding the costs of pulling in often less than reliable outside help from many miles away.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Agree totally - after leaving the Andrew the wife & I ran our own laundry business for 20yrs with 45 commercial washers & dryers, plus boilers, pumps, water softeners, steam generators & pressing machines, ventilation fans, snack bar outfit, office IT, CCTV, etc etc.

Callouts for eqpt repairs (which required notice of anything between two - seven days) varied between £60-£95 plus VAT (incl. the first 15 mins labour) Hourly rates thereafter were similar. (Soon discovered that most external "engineers" were merely fitters/mechanics)
.
As the in-house engineer the practical experience gained across a wide range of electrical/electronic/mechanical/gas & hydraulic systems within the SM WE & ME world stood me in good stead for 95% of our repairs, avoiding the costs of pulling in often less than reliable outside help from many miles away.

I didn't realise that you were Chinese Bob :p
 
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