‘Kick­start Your Ca­reer With The army’

Whether you are a school leaver or a Grad­u­ate, the Army will pay you a full salary to train. Look’s art edi­tor Angie Joseph joins up for the day to find out more

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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 de­ci­sion­mak­ing – which is im­por­tant for pro­gres­sion in any ca­reer. The Army re­ally does set you up for life.’ Watch us in ac­tion and find out more about Army life at look.co.uk/army

Build your ca­reer in the Army in­stead of gain­ing stu­dent debt

Look’s art edi­tor Angie starts her day of Army train­ing Angie ap­plies camo make-up for a day in the field The Army offers more than 200 dif­fer­ent roles Angie learns how to deal with an emer­gency

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