Passed the Recruits Test, However..

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#1
Had the recruits test after applying for the RN on Monday, I choose to go in for Seaman Specialist and Warfare Specialist, however after tacking the test the Careers advisor at the AFCO suggested due to my results i go for either AET, ETME or ETWE. Now i Have had a look at these and They all sound OK, But i'm looking if anyone has any comments to make about any of this will which help me make my overall decision.

Cheers
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#2
Well done LS, you obviously scored quite high.
Basic outlines:

Top of the shop AET to be honest. Lots of outdoor work- great in the Caribbean, not so great in the Antarctic. (6 months wait)

ET(ME) - that's my trade, so you need to be dashed good looking for starters. Basically, if you like getting your hands dirty as a heavy-duty mechanic, this is the one for you. (9 months wait)

ET(WE) - Computer hardware/electronics engineering, not as messy as ET(ME). (15 months wait)
 
#3
I'm only a weekend sailor, and not in either of those branches so I cannot honestly advise on what the best one is; but I can offer you this little titbit of help:

Why did you opt for SEA or WS to begin with? They obviously had some sort of appeal for you. Because you've scored high enough on the psychometric test the AFCO is trying to shepard you into the Engineering branches, but just because you've got the brains to do it doesn't mean you have to.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#4
Ninja_Stoker said:
Well done LS, you obviously scored quite high.
Basic outlines:

Top of the shop AET to be honest. Lots of outdoor work- great in the Caribbean, not so great in the Antarctic. (6 months wait)

ET(ME) - that's my trade, so you need to be dashed good looking for starters. Basically, if you like getting your hands dirty as a heavy-duty mechanic, this is the one for you. (9 months wait)

ET(WE) - Computer hardware/electronics engineering, not as messy as ET(ME). (15 months wait)
Cheers NS, Got the weekend to decide what to go for, The waiting times are no longer a concern to me as I'm happy to wait for the right job rather than just jump into something that i wont like after so long.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#5
Peter said:
I'm only a weekend sailor, and not in either of those branches so I cannot honestly advise on what the best one is; but I can offer you this little titbit of help:

Why did you opt for SEA or WS to begin with? They obviously had some sort of appeal for you. Because you've scored high enough on the psychometric test the AFCO is trying to shepard you into the Engineering branches, but just because you've got the brains to do it doesn't mean you have to.
Well the SEA was the main one, Something different that was appealing to me, Cant remember why i choose the WS, However i did look at the AET as something id like to do but didn't think id have the brains, still don't to be honest. :lol:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#6
Peter said:
but just because you've got the brains to do it doesn't mean you have to.
Concur entirely Peter. We've already discussed this one a little bit.

It's all to do with doing the job that interests, stimulates & challenges you.

The danger if you're not stretched is that you can get bored & leave. Similarly if it doesn't interest you, then don't do it.
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#7
Peter has a valid point, whilst you have passed at a high level, is engineering what you want? If not don't do it, if perhaps you hadn't considered it before I would suggest AET is the better of the engineering branches, but I am biased!!
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#8
Ninja_Stoker said:
Peter said:
but just because you've got the brains to do it doesn't mean you have to.
The danger if you're not stretched is that you can get bored & leave. Similarly if it doesn't interest you, then don't do it.
That's what they said at the AFCO, he didn't want me going in as WS and want to leave as it wasn't challenging enough.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#9
The point is that WS isn't a bad job either to be honest, but there is no longer any technical training, you operate the equipment but no longer maintain it.

The Recruiting Test has identified that you have the intellectual ability to complete technician training, but not that you should definitely be a technician!

Good luck
 

ChrisA

Lantern Swinger
#10
I was in a similar situation, LS.

Like you, I applied for SEA primarily and WS as my second preference, later (after researching more about both) I switched, WS seemed much more like my thing.

The CPO also took me aside after the tests and said I'd be better off going in as an AET. We discussed this for a while (a couple of hours :p) and being a CISS initially, followed by CT later, he gave me a lot of information about both trades. If it hadn't been for the ~2yr wait to join as a CT I would have followed that path, as it stands I'm joining as a CISS.

If you've done your research and listened to the AFCO, you'll have a fair idea of what to expect in each trade. The tests showed you have the academic ability to pass AET training (or any other trade :wink:) - but it doesn't mean you HAVE to go that route.
 
#11
It is my opinion (for all it is worth) that WS is probably the most boring job in the royal navy. If you like painting when your alongside. And sitting in a dark room stareing at a screan for hours on end it might be your thing though.
 
#12
LS
Listen to the advice. If you are technically minded go for a technicians position (I am biased) this will give you a far better chance of a well paid position in civie street when you eventually leave.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#13
Well, Thanks again for all your comments, after been contemplating it over the weekend the main one i am going to go for is AET, however as for secondary option I am unsure so I'm going to my AFCO in the morning to discuss it and once made decision after that we will be arranging a date for the interview. :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#14
A wise choice.

At least you'll get up to date advice rather than bone opinions. The AFCO's, contrary to popular belief, will advise you of what is available, given your score- you decide what you wish to do.

If ever anyone tells you they were conned into doing a crap job, the odds are that they only scored high enough for that job, so they either did that or didn't join.
 

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