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

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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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?
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
Cheers, sorry for the late reply. Yesterday was my first day off since selection and I spent about 10 hours on the computer looking up the (few) roles that even marginally interest me and now I'm in an even worse position to pick than before. My recruiter still hasn't gotten back to me so I'm hoping he's waiting on a go/no go regarding the (edit: waiver, not appeal).
 
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