Joining up, a bit of predicament!

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  1. Evening folks,

    Currently I'm in an apprenticeship at college 'studying' IT. Basically I've always understood computers and took an interest to them, my family picked up on this and advised me to look for a career in IT. I was a little shit at school and didn't really give a flying **** what I did, this resulted in some poor-ish GCSE results.. hence no employment!

    Around 7 months ago now I was kindly given the opportunity to become an apprentice, aiming for the role of a Computer Technician, geeky.. I know!

    However I've always wanted to join the military since around the age of 9, my mother was kind of supportive in her own wierd way but always tried changing the subject rather quickly when discussing it. My father just smiled like it was just a joke, like I wasn't good enough?

    With all this in mind I applied for the apprenticeship and was accepted, I wanted to make my family proud. Now don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful for them taking me on and giving me an opportunity, but christ, I've never been so bored in all my ******* life. Everytime someone ask's me how the job is going, I say one thing but think another because I don't want to disappoint.

    I'll be a qualified computer technician shortly but **** me I want more out of life than fixing machines stocked up with fake celeb porn and cleaning sweaty keyboards.

    Basically, I'm ready to look in to a career I know I'll ******* love and get into because I want to. My question is, is there any roles I could take on that would require certain skills I have learnt? I don't want to be stood around all day, I like to see the action and make a difference.

    Just to add, I've recently turned 20.. I want to make the fooking most of it!

    Any input is greatly appreciated.
  2. I'm a very Senior Computer Technician!

    Load of baws!


    Forget the I.T. thing!

    Everyone and his dog are training to be Computer Technicians.

    How many people can drive a Challenger, Fly a Gazelle, Use a Javelin etc. etc.

    Do the I.T thing as resettlement after your 22!
  3. Sounds like sigs to me; I'm not sure what the current GCSE requirements are though. I bet you get to see some stuff that the users thought was "deleted" though, eh, eh...
  4. There are jobs in the army that are simillar to the civi job you have now but correct me if im wrong aren't you trying to get out of the IT area? go to the army jobs site take a good look at everything. I thought at first i would go with something in the army i already had the skills for, but after looking into everything they had to offer i changed my mind pretty quick.

    Good luck with everything.
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Join the TA and have the best of both worlds.

  6. Niceone mate, is it any more fun than virus removals and windows reinstalls? :)

    Hahaa! We get the odd raunchy machines in, you know the kind where the users think they are the next top model and lay there with the melens and rat on full show.. awful I tell ya! :wink:
  7. Good question mate, I want to get away from the whole stuck in a workshop fixing machines, but if my skills comes in handy in some way then so be it, I'd go for it. I'd like skills I currently have to come in handy but I'd also love to see action as much as possible! I'll check out the army jobs website.

    I've seriously considered the TA, but I'd like this as a permanent job to be honest, something I'd actually enjoy 24/7.
  8. Communication Systems Engineer, that sounds like the best job for you. Check it out on the armyjobs website, thats what I'm going in as.
  9. msr

    msr LE

    Once it becomes full time, the shine soon wears off.

  10. Forget what other people want or say you should do. Its your life do what makes you happy people are very selfish they dont want you to do or live the way you want. Its a free country and one life. Regret what you've done not what you haven't. Make the choice for your happiness no 1 else.
  11. Ya know the saying.....'Just Do It'. You will regret the things you dont do more than the things you do.
  12. Get your qualifications before you do anything. Then approach the army just like it was any other job - that is to say, do as well as you possibly can on your entrance tests, you will then be given a printout of all the different jobs you are allowed to apply for. Take it home and go through it with a fine tooth comb. Choose the job that you think offers you the best possible deal; will you enjoy it on a daily basis, what are the promotion prospects, will you leave the army with a CV load of good qualifications that are recognised in civi street?

    Alternatively you may just be looking for a few years of adventure; in which case any option involving Inf, Cav, RA, etc will suit you.
  13. Aye i forgot to add that. With the IT qualification you might have a better choice of jobs. And also you have a fall back if the army doesnt take ya fancy in the end.
  14. I appreciate the helpful replys folks! I'm going to stick out my current job until I have a recognized IT qualification which will be very soon. As soon as I've achieved this I'll approach the army and see what is available for me.

    Cheers again.