I worked at Hurn Airport (laughingly known as Bournemouth Internatinal) for 6 years was then laid off then went to Boscombe Down (4 years) Yeovil (6 years) now Blandford (2 years) last 3 jobs as an uncivil servent
Worked in the civil service for 3 years - we used to get raided by our customers who smashed up the office and tried to attack the staff - so I suggest matelots avoid working for the DSS! Then split jobs: information specialist / academic (legal philosophy) - much safer. Mature students great - want to learn. Former one myself! Not too bad for an ex-Ganges boy! :wink:
Came straight out into the offshore industry. A lot more technologicaly advanced than the navy but once you get the hang of it it is a good job. Work all over the world on land and sea, great ships, great money and the best bit is when you are off you are off i.e. can live anywhere in the world as the client pays for flights.
Although the RN is usualy behind the times with tech stuff it sets you up nicely for a job outside with a bit of waffle and providing you were in a suitable branch.
Came out in 95 , worked with the Royal Marines driving a little security van [call sign , Yankee Zulu] ,between Bickliegh , Stonehouse , Royal Citadal , Mountwise and The Dockyard and occasionaly Lympstone , anyway left that job in early 2002 and came to work in the Main Theatre Suite here at Derriford Hospital , love the job and wish I'd came here straight after leaving the Andrew :lol: , there are 14 Theatres in our department , covering all types of Surgery , in the Hospital as a whole there are 32 Theatres , from day case to cardiothoracics so every day is different :roll: If anyone is ever in Derriford and spys a daft geordie dressed in Theatre greens wearing a Newcastle United scrub cap , that be me 8O
Left in 75, did a spell selling office equipment, then got involved in things like ship stabilisers and steering gear for a bit before becoming export sales manager for a defence electronics company. The last 18 years have been with another defence electronics comany partly in business development and lately doing project management.
Left in 95, some 5 years in software development with Mr Gates' lot followed by a spell as the Plant manager at the power station at Heathrow followed by similar role at a large sugar factory in East London.
Now Utilities Manager at the Scottish Courage Berkshire Brewery in Reading (Or I will be when I eventually get back to work ! )
Once my pension goes up in four years, I might look at something a littleless stressful in order that the tax man doesn't profit too much.
As for you Jenny Dabber, does this Canadian company need any helpful straight , charming, polite, good looking engineering types with lashings of managerial experience in Cyprus. I promise to bring out my yacht and throw lots of parties !!
I completed 12 years reckonable service, which entitles me to 12/22 pension.
A lump sum of 3 times annual pension, then pension, which can be claimed from age 60.
It becomes index linked from the moment you claim.
Should be enough to buy me an annual pint, then.
It's up to you to chase them, as they don't come looking for you.
Left in '73, joined marine engineering co in London, spent 3 years outfitting T21's and 42's. In '76 took over the co's joint venture in Hong Kong on a 12 month contract and stayed there for 19 years. Then with 1997 looming, took the opportunity to move to Shanghai, stayed there as MD for 5 years and took early retirement at 53. Still enjoying being a lazy barsteward at 60. Often look back and suppose I didn't do so bad for a farm boy who joined up a Junior Stoker.
Left the RN in 1980 after serving 11 years. Went straight into South Wales Police and served 22 years in Community, CID, Traffic and Control Room. From 2002 until now am a Campus Patrol Officer in the Cardiff University Security Services Department. I am also in my 18th year in the RNR as a LS Comms(SM).
Left the RAN in 96 after 22 years and went straight back as a full time reserve for another 12 months. Spent a couple of years doing odd bits of RANR work, then joined Customs in 99. Having a Pussers pension means I can afford to work part time, making the shiftwork much easier to take!