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

No one knows what is happening in the Signals at the moment as we’re going through a big change WRT our trade structures. And we’ve lost early promotion to LCpl. And VEng Long puts a stop to quick promotion.
Thanks for your reply.

What do you mean lost promotion? And what does Veng Long mean? I have almost zero knowledge of military terminology. So you don't know whether I can switch from one trade to another within the signals regardless of GCSEs?
 
Thanks for your reply.

What do you mean lost promotion? And what does Veng Long mean? I have almost zero knowledge of military terminology. So you don't know whether I can switch from one trade to another within the signals regardless of GCSEs?
The CSEng has changed to two trades, the network engineer and the other one that I can't remember. We used to get LCpl following phase 2 training. That has now stopped, though might still be quicker than many other trades in the Army. VEng = Versatile Engagement. You're now looking at a 24-28 year career as opposed to 22. You are likely to be able to switch trades, but the best bet is to get the GCSEs in the first place.
 

Haz3us

Crow
Which of these roles would you say is most transferable to civvy life in relation to finding a decent job?

Infantry Soldier/Paratrooper
Aviation Groundcrew Specialist
Aviation Communication Specialist
Supply Chain Operative
Power Engineer
Bricklayer
Engineer IT Systems Operator
HR specialist
Petroleum Operator
Driver Communications Specialist




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Cfc1603

Swinger
Which of these roles would you say is most transferable to civvy life in relation to finding a decent job?

Infantry Soldier/Paratrooper
Aviation Groundcrew Specialist
Aviation Communication Specialist
Supply Chain Operative
Power Engineer
Bricklayer
Engineer IT Systems Operator
HR specialist
Drive




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Personally I would say.
Supply Chain Operative
Bricklayer
HR specialist
Driver Communications Specialist
 
Which of these roles would you say is most transferable to civvy life in relation to finding a decent job?

Infantry Soldier/Paratrooper
Aviation Groundcrew Specialist
Aviation Communication Specialist
Supply Chain Operative
Power Engineer
Bricklayer
Engineer IT Systems Operator
HR specialist
Petroleum Operator
Driver Communications Specialist




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Depends on you and what you want out of life.

You do not see many civvy corporates advertising for infantry/ex-paras. Damn good fun though, just plan carefully what you might do afterwards.

Supply chain operative sounds like a job description @mazon might use for one of the people who pushes a cart around selecting items to ship.

A friend was a former royal marine who retrained as a bricky and built up a very impressive sub-contract firm. He was making around 250K a year. I also knew the ex-para running the bricky school at the local college, he told me when building is good the newly qualifieds can walk out into jobs paying 1K a week.

IT systems are not going away. I know plenty who make reasonable to excellent money if they know what they are doing.

HR, well my Mrs does HR, I will not tell you what she is on, but she has just taken on a retired Air Force Staff Sgt who was an HR specialist. He has 20 years Air Force experience and 2 years civvy experience and he is getting just around 60k a year in UK money, plus a 30% annual bonus which takes him up to 80K.

Those are the only ones I can comment on.
 
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heinz59

Clanker
I’m struggling to choose my third choice it’s between POM and armoured engineer
Obviously long term for qualifications it’s pom but I want to do more mud and getting filthy whilst I’m in are they both good choices for combat engineering?
 
I was interested as joining as a Combat Med Tech but after going to the recruitment centre they've told me there's no vacancies until 2021. Still interested in joining in another role but torn between what to do! Recruitment officer told me to push myself and go for Signals or REME as I've got decent GCSE grades? Interested in Driver & Comms Specialist.... any more info?
 
@Kroneit44

If it's anything like most of the army itll be a lot of sitting around and waiting, but I'll leave it too the people in the know to tell you.
Driver & Comms specialist sounds RLC to me which means Bowman with a vehicle fit, which sounds like a lot of sitting around and waiting followed by hours of driving and maybe talking on a radio every so often. It will come with the opportunity to get licensed on a lot of vehicles, which isn’t to be sniffed at. R Sigs is more focussed on Strategic Comms and operational CIS (computers in a tent) these days.
 
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