Case Study from the Armed Services Employment Fair – Stacey Tait
Lieutenant Stacey Tait joined the Royal Navy after studying for her physics degree at University. Stacey initially undertook basic Officer training at BRNC Dartmouth, before completing her training at HMS Collingwood, to become a Weapon Engineer Officer.
Having served in the Royal Navy for almost 10 years, Stacey felt the time was right to look at new opportunities within industry.
Stacey attended a Career Transition Workshop at RRC Portsmouth, and felt that the advice given was helpful in putting together her CV, and also assisted in her job search. Stacey said that she was encouraged to read full job descriptions, and not be put off by some job titles and requirements. Stacey also attended an Introduction to Management Consultancy workshop which gave her a useful insight into deciding if this was an area she wished to pursue.
During her resettlement time, Stacey also attended a number of training courses through the CTP, which were geared towards her future career. She says:
“The PRINCE2 qualification did assist me to get a job in the Project Management area; rather than qualifying me to go on and learn about something, I felt it helped me to consolidate my skills into a marketable package for employers”.
The Microsoft Project course Stacey also attended provided a thorough knowledge of the software package used by many commercial companies, when managing projects.
Stacey felt that all her resettlement training provided knowledge and skills which were very useful for industry, however the Accounting for Managers course was highly recommended as it provided an insight into skills that cannot be gained in the services.
“I was particularly impressed with the Accounting for Managers Course; the instructor came from a business background and covered a vast quota of topics during the week. However, I managed to take something away from all the topics we covered.”
Upon leaving the Services, Stacey commenced employment with BAE Systems Insyte within a project support role, and has since applied for and been successful in gaining the role of Assistant Maritime Support Manager with BAE Systems Surface Ships in Portsmouth Naval Base. The role involves providing support to the Trinidad and Tobago Coastguard for their new vessels, and Stacey is involved with negotiating with sub-contractors, meeting with the Customer, managing engineering issues, and ensuring sufficient maintenance plans are in place and equipment and spares are available for the customer as required. Stacey will also be managing the provision of, and support for, 6 fast Interceptor craft being delivered to the customer.
Stacey feels that the skills and experience gained in the Royal Navy, together with the resettlement training undertaken towards a Project Management career, greatly assisted her in obtaining her current role. From her own experience, Stacey would encourage all Service leavers to “be competitive in the job market, use your contacts and invest significant effort in your search”. Also, Stacey stresses the importance of having a good base CV, which can be tailored to each job you apply for. “You are master of your own destiny”.