How To Kickstart Your Career With The Army

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With options available to undertake funded apprenticeships, degrees, BTECs and Diplomas, whether you are a school leaver or a Graduate, the Army will pay you a full salary to train as soon as you join.

Learn how to become a Registered Nurse, a Geological Technician or a Cyber-Security Communications Specialist.

Look’s art editor Angie Joseph joins up for the day to find out more…

‘As Look’s art editor, I spend my working day in an office – so doing a day of training with the Army Medical Services was very different,’ says Angie Joseph.

‘It was fun to do something out of my comfort zone.’

After a day spent with female Army Medics, Angie quickly realised that the career options and qualifications you receive in the Army are endless.

‘One woman I spoke to had always wanted to be a nurse. So she gained her qualifications with the Army and built her career there – instead of accumulating loads of student debt at university. She now works as a nurse at a Welsh Guards unit.’

Another young female Army Medic was able to build on her passion for fitness as well as a career when she joined the Army.

‘She is able to go to swimming training every morning as part of her life in the Army,’ Angie says. ‘There’s a big fitness element, so this was a very motivating factor for her.’

Once you join, you can try skiing, learn how to scuba dive and sail the world as part of the programme of adventurous training, alongside choosing from 500 different educational qualifications.

‘There’s so many opportunities available in the Army once you join your regiment – whether it’s partaking in sports competitions or training to be a chef.’

There are more than 200 different roles in the Army – from HR and finance to veterinary.

No two days are the same. ‘The women I spoke to were all really excited about the prospect of being called on a mission, wherever it is,’ Angie says. For example, as an Army Reservist you have the opportunity to travel the world, support peacekeeping missions and provide humanitarian aid.

But a constant is the support you will receive from your fellow soldiers and officers. ‘There was a lot of camaraderie within the team – they are like a family,’ Angie says.

‘These women all get along so well and socialise together when they are off duty. I’m not a very active person but everyone was so helpful when putting me through my paces.’

‘They teach you how to cope with stressful situations too, whether mentally or physically,’ Angie says. During her eight-hour shift with the Army Angie was shown how to treat a broken bone, dress a wound and how to get a patient to safety. ‘If an emergency happened now I feel like I could help. It definitely made me feel more confident.’

The Army is always recruiting and has a place for everyone regardless of your background or education. It remains the biggest employer of apprentices in the UK – with more than 47 different apprenticeship options to choose from and a success rate exceeding the UK national average by 15 per cent, giving you the chance to develop your personal and professional skills.

Angie says that the most significant point is that the skills learnt in the Army are invaluable and transferable to any other employment if you ever decided to leave the military. ‘You can learn a lot about team building, leadership and decision- making – which is important for progression in any career. The Army really does set you up for life.’