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Newbie Question

McSkimp

Badgeman
Hi everyone. I've been reading these posts and enjoying the info and banter so finally decided to join and ask a question of my own. I went for the initial information meeting and unfortunately found out about the long waiting lists. Would it be worth changing what job I would like to do?

Thanks for any help
 

tommo

War Hero
You should always join a branch you want to do. It would be stupid to do otherwise.

Long waiting list is across the board I'm afraid so won't matter too much which one. However you could always be fortunate and get a short notice place when someone has dropped out from joining and you may end up going in sooner rather than later. It does occassionally happen
 

Merlin28

War Hero
No they are all pretty much as long as each other. Once in, you cannot change your job either so just go for the one you want and be patient. In the meantime maybe take a course to help you with your future career, retake gcse's, do some voluntary youh work just to help bulk your CV out and learn some new skills.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
You are advised to choose the trade you feel most suited toward & join the queue.

The jobs are very different & there's no possibility of changing trades after joining if a person were to join in a shortage trade & then claim they thought they could transfer.

The long & the short of it is that there's a huge amount of applicants & a finite number of jobs available unfortunately.

It's recommended to complete as much as you can now with regard selection, then enrol to complete related and available further educational courses or temporary employment whilst waiting.

Good luck.
 

cadetsmum

Lantern Swinger
tbh I've never understood the reasoning behind questions like this.

Presumably you have a particular trade in mind, which again presumably is related to something you enjoy doing.

So why consider signing up for something that isn't what your heart really wants to do?
 

McSkimp

Badgeman
Cheers for all the replies. Basically, I was down to a choice between becoming a warfare specialist or going into the engineering side of things and had chosen the warfare route but if I apply for the engineering one (which I would be as much interested in doing) the waiting time is a helluva lot less.

Time for a big deep think methinks.

By the way witsend I've supported the Dons all my life so gotta stick with the thru thick and thin lol
 

captainobvious

Lantern Swinger
Regardless of what trade you choose, if you've got even half a brain in your head then you should veto warfare entirely. It is not a branch for the thinking man!
 

older_joiner

Lantern Swinger
captainobvious said:
Regardless of what trade you choose, if you've got even half a brain in your head then you should veto warfare entirely. It is not a branch for the thinking man!

*puts on bone question hat*
I know it's banter between trades, but where has the 'thickies join warfare' thing originally come from?
I'm intrigued

*takes off the bone hat*
 

older_joiner

Lantern Swinger
In recruitment process for WEO at present, so I'll pass thanks.

Merely a question based on observation, didn't mean to ruffle any feathers.
 

cadetsmum

Lantern Swinger
witsend said:
Hows your lad getting on?

He's doing fine .....eating me out of house and home but hey I guess that's the way it goes with lads!

Picked himself up and is now looking at £30K worth of debt (aka student loans) lol, has managed to get himself a job earning enough for petrol & beer tokens but not enough to keep his ma in the style to which she wants to become accustomed.

Funny isn't how 6 months ago he (and me!) thought his world had ended but when in reality there's always something around the corner enough to surprise you?
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
cadetsmum said:
witsend said:
Hows your lad getting on?

He's doing fine .....eating me out of house and home but hey I guess that's the way it goes with lads!

Picked himself up and is now looking at £30K worth of debt (aka student loans) lol, has managed to get himself a job earning enough for petrol & beer tokens but not enough to keep his ma in the style to which she wants to become accustomed.

Funny isn't how 6 months ago he (and me!) thought his world had ended but when in reality there's always something around the corner enough to surprise you?

Glad to hear that he's moving ahead. Just think he will probably live at home until he is in his late 30's bringing home strange people for the night. If you want to stop that give him lots of big Mumsie kisses in front of his mates, he'll either stop bringing them home (to help him eat you out of house and home) or move out. :lol:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
older_joiner said:
In recruitment process for WEO at present, so I'll pass thanks.

Merely a question based on observation, didn't mean to ruffle any feathers.

When you get in and get to sea, all will become blindingly obvious :wink:
 
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