The "what trade should I go for" thread - all job selection related chat in here

LWilson

Clanker
I'm sorry but they were either incorrect or misunderstood your question. You will get given a list to choose from during trade training if you're lucky. That list will e based on the slots available at the time. If the stars align you will get one of the posts you have chosen.
Im going to ask again tommorow just to make sure. If you are right I am just going to join the Parachute Regiment, being airborne is one of the most important things for me.
 

rawsalmon47

Old-Salt
Im going to ask again tommorow just to make sure. If you are right I am just going to join the Parachute Regiment, being airborne is one of the most important things for me.
Just a stab in the dark here, but going off your profile photo, Glasgow?

I was told by a recruiter in there the same thing when I was looking at trades.. “oh if you go into this you can choose to join the para aspect!” Then another one of the recruiters told me upfront you don’t get a choice on that part
 

LWilson

Clanker
Just a stab in the dark here, but going off your profile photo, Glasgow?

I was told by a recruiter in there the same thing when I was looking at trades.. “oh if you go into this you can choose to join the para aspect!” Then another one of the recruiters told me upfront you don’t get a choice on that part
What about if you are in the Parachute Regiment but then decide to transfer to the Royal Engineers, would you then be sent to 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment?

Im from Belfast, my dad is from glasgow.
 
What about if you are in the Parachute Regiment but then decide to transfer to the Royal Engineers, would you then be sent to 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment?

Im from Belfast, my dad is from glasgow.
The whole thing doesn't work like that. If you transferred, there is a chance that you could get a Para unit, but then you might not, it depends where the gaps are. People transfer out for a reason, theres a good chance that you wouldn't want to be part of a para unit for a while.
 

LWilson

Clanker
The whole thing doesn't work like that. If you transferred, there is a chance that you could get a Para unit, but then you might not, it depends where the gaps are. People transfer out for a reason, theres a good chance that you wouldn't want to be part of a para unit for a while.
Thanks for the information.
If you put Parachute and Commando in your preferences, is it likely I will get one or the other?
 
Thanks for the information.
If you put Parachute and Commando in your preferences, is it likely I will get one or the other?
No. If you join a Corps, there is a small chance that you will go to an Airborne unit, generally based on how fit/roust you've proven to e in Phase 2 training. Most/almost all people attend Para / Commando courses after a period of time in a field unit as a trained soldier. The only way to guarantee either is to apply for the Parachute Regiment or the Royal Marines. NOTHING ELSE will guarantee a crack at being airborne.
 

LWilson

Clanker
No. If you join a Corps, there is a small chance that you will go to an Airborne unit, generally based on how fit/roust you've proven to e in Phase 2 training. Most/almost all people attend Para / Commando courses after a period of time in a field unit as a trained soldier. The only way to guarantee either is to apply for the Parachute Regiment or the Royal Marines. NOTHING ELSE will guarantee a crack at being airborne.
Thanks. I'll just join the Parachute Regiment.
 
Ive still got 3 years before I join but I am already going for runs everyday. 1.5 miles is at around 10.30 on average.
In a while try carrying some wieght
 

Blaino

Crow
Does anyone know if it is possible to change to paras after completing the normal phase 1? I understand I would have to start my basic training again but as a para, I am just wondering if it is possible or heard of to change to paras. I didn't note Paratrooper as one of my preferred 3 roles but I was well in the time needed on my selection. Any help would be great, thank you in advance.
 

Gezrick

Crow
Sorry if this is the 1000th repetition of this question, but my searches haven't really flagged the answer I'm looking for. I'm booked in for my F2F at the careers centre and I'm struggling to decide on a specific role that suits me. I find that I am really drawn to the RE. Is it reasonable to pick a corps. initially and then decide on a specific role later on in the application process? If so, then at which point would it be too late to decide on a specific role?
 

NemoIII

War Hero
Hi guys, sorry for the new account my old one seems to have been pruned as I've been inactive for awhile.

Finally passed selection after a deferral and I did really well, the only issue being I didn't get my job choice due to colourblindness. I finally got a list of jobs available to me (something I've been asking for since I first went to the careers office almost exactly a year ago now) and it's mostly logistics, medical or combat left, along with one REME job (technical support specialist, although that seems to be initially just a warehouse job which I've had my fill with)

I'm a late joiner in my mid-20's and am looking to be in it for the long haul, hopefully, so I'm looking at career opportunities rather than just 3-4 years of excitement. Can anyone enlighten me as to how important your initial job role is further down the line, if you manage to climb a couple of notches up the ladder? Does your work become more to do with your cap badge itself rather than your phase 2 trade?

Also, a couple of the trades open to me indicate they require a specialist interview (healthcare assistant, student nurse). Can anyone elaborate on that? I thought only Int Corps required a second selection.
What you actually wanting to know?
 
Hi guys, sorry for the new account my old one seems to have been pruned as I've been inactive for awhile.

Finally passed selection after a deferral and I did really well, the only issue being I didn't get my job choice due to colourblindness. I finally got a list of jobs available to me (something I've been asking for since I first went to the careers office almost exactly a year ago now) and it's mostly logistics, medical or combat left, along with one REME job (technical support specialist, although that seems to be initially just a warehouse job which I've had my fill with)

I'm a late joiner in my mid-20's and am looking to be in it for the long haul, hopefully, so I'm looking at career opportunities rather than just 3-4 years of excitement. Can anyone enlighten me as to how important your initial job role is further down the line, if you manage to climb a couple of notches up the ladder? Does your work become more to do with your cap badge itself rather than your phase 2 trade?

Also, a couple of the trades open to me indicate they require a specialist interview (healthcare assistant, student nurse). Can anyone elaborate on that? I thought only Int Corps required a second selection.
Depends on the trade. Some allow a bit of lateral movement once you reach Sgt level, some have you in the trade till the day you retire, albeit moving up into supervisory positions.

If you have had a nose full of warehouse work then think along these lines: Logistics is like everyone who works for @mazon wearing camo gear, and a Technical Support Specialist is like wearing camo working in the parts department and stores of the local Vauxhall dealership. I'm not saying anything against them, they fill important roles however, if you have had enough of that look at summat else.

The Medic side is interesting, as is nursing, lot's of training, good qualifications, work hard and go up the ladder - they get involved in some pretty pointy end stuff too if they are that way inclined. Prospects when you leave are pretty good too, I was on nodding terms with a chap who retired as a WO1 medic and then went on to easily do the paramedic degree.........you can actually kick that degree off whilst still serving and then walk into a decent job as a paramedic when you leave.
 
Sorry for the late replies, new account means 30 minutes between each post apparently. I'll try and elaborate a bit more so I'm not as hindered by it.

Cheers, looks like most of RLC is off the table then for me as I've had enough warehouse work, and getting away from it is why I'm joining up.

I was initially going to put CMT as an option although I heard peace time is just putting up tents and taking them down again and also that the training doesn't set you up for a role as a paramedic, but that might not be the case apparently. I don't think I'm bright enough for nursing I'm afraid, without getting specific due to persec I scored mid-80s on the ACT but there's a world of difference between spot the difference and 3 years of nursing school. I also don't think I have the required UCAS points, I had straight A's/A*s but that was at GCSE level so it's not really worth the paper its printed on nowadays and again, there's a world of difference between that and nursing.

Healthcare assistant would require a specialist interview which I can't find much information about, and all I get from googling the job title is minimum wage carer jobs which isn't very reassuring.

Also looking at Driver/Comms Spec for RLC (difference between that and just driving, I'm reading they can be deployed dismounted as rad ops depending on need, etc.)

HR Specialist although I'm wondering about the opportunities for postings/deployments/possibility for travel with this one.

I'd be interested in some of the combat arms roles (all 3 forms of cavalry (light, armoured, MBT) and even infantry but it seems like a younger guys game, and am worried about my joints since I plan on this for a career.

Also if any of the above roles' prospects for promotion are just filling dead men's shoes, but I seem to hear lots of conflicting information on that (some people say combat arms is nothing but filling shoes, others say it's has the fastest, I guess there's a lot down to personal capability here but I'm sure there's some shortages), and also any general information on how the work changes as you progress as the one-page description on the recruiting website is never very helpful.
Ay civvy university for nursing as a mature student they looked for 5 GCSE's to include maths and english - for clear communication and drug dosage calculations.

Promotion is down to the individual as well as vacancies being available. If you excel then you will be noticed, do some competetive sport badminton/x-country/marathons/rugby you will also be noticed ..... being sporty helps promotion.
 
So I am going to Harrogate in 2021, I’m am definitely wanting a maroon beret, but I don’t know what exactly I want. I’m wanting to stay in the forces for as long as possible, but am torn between joining the paras (as you will always be in the paras) or 216 Royal Signals (that is airborne but you will end up getting moved about in the signals)

If that is not how it works, then I’m really puzzled, but as far as I know, if I join the paras, I’ll stay there, but if I go into 216 sigs, I will be moved to other battalions and won’t always be doing things like jumps and stuff

But with the signals, I can get qualifications and such, so I am really torn between the 2.

Can anyone help?
 
You've got just as mush chance of being posted to 216 as anywhere else. I'm not sure of the current tour lengths, between 2-12 years I think, but the reality is 2-4 years before moving on. I wouldn't harp on about the maroon beret if I were you, it doesn't make you a more effective soldier, plus in my opinion there are far better units to go to than 216 within R Signals.
 

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
Book Reviewer
Just to reinforce the point, the Royal Signals as an organisation has a huge variety of different postings, including a number with considerably higher 'adventurous' and 'arduous' aspects than 216. Don't get hung up on funny-coloured berets, or parachuting - they're not significant in themselves.

If you want to be hard-core, aggressive assault light infantry, trained in the dark arts of vertical envelopment, then the Parachute Regiment is your man. They do some interesting stuff and are good at it (note here that other Regiments - and even the Corps of Royal Marines - also exist and are also very good at what they do).

If you want to join an OK Corps, which has its share of numpties, but also a number of truly fascinating jobs within it, then go for Royal Signals.

You've got years yet to decide what you want to do. Concentrate on getting the best possible education and qualifications between now and Harrogate.

Best of luck.
 
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