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

Hey everyone,
how did people pick their 3rd choice?
my first and second are set in stone but the third is giving me grief...

I'm flicking between
amoured engineer
STA Patrols Special Observer
infantry (cause they'll accept women next year)
RAC

but I know the last two won't be happy about a lady person so

opinions?
How did you get on with your fitness training you were discussing last year? All of those roles can be extremely physically demanding.

If an honest self appraisal tells you that a sub 10.30 1.5 mile run combined with good upper body strength isn’t a realistic result for you by the time you approach training then you might want to consider replacing physical with technical.
 
I'm improving all the time, I've managed to get it down to 12, so I'm going to keep pushing it because I want to be 11 at most. :)

I run three times a week and gym on the days I don't run on top of my karate :)
 
11 at most means you are relying on female timings rather than comparing like for like with your male counterparts of similar age (under 30?), regardless of trade. You will need to take a few more minutes off again to be top third, and you will need to be top third if you want to be taken as a serious female contender in a male dominated environment.
 
11 at most means you are relying on female timings rather than comparing like for like with your male counterparts of similar age (under 30?), regardless of trade. You will need to take a few more minutes off again to be top third, and you will need to be top third if you want to be taken as a serious female contender in a male dominated environment.
I was just going by timings on my first two job choices which are 14 minutes at selection I believe so I wanted to be under that and more. I'll keep working at getting those extra minutes off.

I didn't realise how difficult choosing a third role would be
 
14 minutes will be the minimum start standard for RE and RA. As long as you are realistic about what you are likely to achieve (I.e. STA is currently looking highly unlikely for you) then go for it.
 
14 minutes will be the minimum start standard for RE and RA. As long as you are realistic about what you are likely to achieve (I.e. STA is currently looking highly unlikely for you) then go for it.
I'll speak to my recruiter when I go for my next weigh in :3
upper body strength isn't really a issue for me it's just shaving those last minutes off my 1.5 but I'll keep pushing.

choosing my 1st and 2nd choice was the easy bit of all of this:D
 
I'll speak to my recruiter when I go for my next weigh in :3
upper body strength isn't really a issue for me it's just shaving those last minutes off my 1.5 but I'll keep pushing.

choosing my 1st and 2nd choice was the easy bit of all of this:D

As a female going into such a male dominated area, you really want to be getting under 9 minutes on your 1.5 mile after pressups and situps.

Even in the Cavarly a normal running pace will be around 7-7.30 minute miles for stead state run which could be over 5 miles. Having worked with the infantry the PT is harder again.

I would do as the duke suggests and replace physical with technical.
 
As a female going into such a male dominated area, you really want to be getting under 9 minutes on your 1.5 mile after pressups and situps.

Even in the Cavarly a normal running pace will be around 7-7.30 minute miles for stead state run which could be over 5 miles. Having worked with the infantry the PT is harder again.

I would do as the duke suggests and replace physical with technical.
what are the chances of me being stuck with my third choice?

it's just my running I need to work harder on because being a hunter and a former labourer I can move heavy all day long
 
what are the chances of me being stuck with my third choice?

it's just my running I need to work harder on because being a hunter and a former labourer I can move heavy all day long
Ending up with your 3rd choice would probably be very unlikely.

To be fair, rarely do anything that leaves me wanting more strength and I'm built like a racing snake. Those sort of roles is all about your CV and stamina.
 
Ending up with your 3rd choice would probably be very unlikely.

To be fair, rarely do anything that leaves me wanting more strength and I'm built like a racing snake. Those sort of roles is all about your CV and stamina.
I may look at adding more CV work and stamina into my routine I already have going so that means more sparring work :D
 
I may look at adding more CV work and stamina into my routine I already have going so that means more sparring work :D
No, it means more running. Varied training is essential, but you won’t make significant gains in running pace by avoiding running. The fitness thread has loads of good advice, so have a good read through there.
 
Can anybody currently serving speak on the future of STA-type roles within the Army.

I am interested in joining as either an STA Observer, UAS Operator, EWS Operator, or Cavalry Crewmen for recce.

Recently I've been told that the future of said roles and 4/73 is not bright; with UAS responsibilities being mostly RAF now and STA Observer jobs being fulfilled by the RM and 16 AAB.

Is it worthwhile applying for a career in an STA type role or would I just end up being moved to a different regiment and repurposed, for lack of a better word?
 
Hi all,

i am new to this forum so please bear with me.

I have just come across this career, and looking through it, it has really impressed me and ticks all the boxes.

Has anyone had this job before, and if so, how was your experience?

Cheers.
 
Hi all,

i am new to this forum so please bear with me.

I have just come across this career, and looking through it, it has really impressed me and ticks all the boxes.

Has anyone had this job before, and if so, how was your experience?

Cheers.
You're going to need to give us a bit of a hint as to which career and job you have in mind, there, Rufus.....
 
You're going to need to give us a bit of a hint as to which career and job you have in mind, there, Rufus.....
Well, I've been at uni this year for my first year, and I studied Geology. It was a terrible mistake, one of the most mundane years of my life. Super boring, not interested in the subject as I once was. For years I knew I had wanted to do an IT agree, but throughout my A-levels, I really enjoyed Geography, so I gave it a shot at uni - and wasn't what I was expecting. I can't be sat in a lecture hall for 4 hours straight learning about weather systems. It's not stimulating. I am thinking possibly communications engineer in the Signals. Whilst I don't expect to look ahead my armed forces career, if it boiled down to it, it would also give me a trade to take to the civilian world.

Does anybody have an experience as a communications engineer - Installer? cheers.
 
Well, I've been at uni this year for my first year, and I studied Geology. It was a terrible mistake, one of the most mundane years of my life. Super boring, not interested in the subject as I once was. For years I knew I had wanted to do an IT agree, but throughout my A-levels, I really enjoyed Geography, so I gave it a shot at uni - and wasn't what I was expecting. I can't be sat in a lecture hall for 4 hours straight learning about weather systems. It's not stimulating. I am thinking possibly communications engineer in the Signals. Whilst I don't expect to look ahead my armed forces career, if it boiled down to it, it would also give me a trade to take to the civilian world.

Does anybody have an experience as a communications engineer - Installer? cheers.
Would you not go for a communications officer role, maybe? Only asking as you have a degree so you'd look good on paper if you did want to commission.
 
Would you not go for a communications officer role, maybe? Only asking as you have a degree so you'd look good on paper if you did want to commission.
Thank you for your suggestion. I don't think I would go for the officer role, purely because of the huge responsibility. I know you're trained for it, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Cheers.
 
Thank you for your suggestion. I don't think I would go for the officer role, purely because of the huge responsibility. I know you're trained for it, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Cheers.
Fair enough. I believe Signals has a lot of roles that offer you the chance to get some sort of IT or communications qualifications, and some have an entry level rank of LCpl upon completion of Phase 2, so can certainly be a good choice if that is something you're interested in.
 
Hi everyone, I've recently been offered the role of aviation groundcrew specialist and I've heard mixed feelings on the role. Is it a good choice or should I go onto something else? I want something that's very physical and I've heard rumours of lads being stuck in their hangar 99% of the time.
 
It's okay, I started out there. If you want something physical, you'll get opportunities, and they'll be detractors in any of the roles. People seem to have done very well out of the Army for almost everyone I went through training with.

Jump starting a Gazelle takes some effort though.
 
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