08 January 2021

Students quiz Gunner in the Army

Former Public Services Student talks about her role within the Army with current students at CPD Day.

The College provides Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Days to all students to give them additional skills and insights into an industry of their choice.

Public Services students had the opportunity to quiz a Gunner, in the Royal Horse Artillery on their role and how they secured their job since leaving the College.

The Gunner studied Public Services at the College with the hope of becoming a Police Officer, but after attending a residential trip with the College realised that she wanted to be a soldier and involved with all the action.

She was able to give valuable insights into Army life for our students and said: “I joined the Army because I enjoyed the thrill, I wanted to go to different places and I like the idea of a bit of danger.

“Since joining nearly 4 years ago I have completed two tours, a 6 month tour in Estonia and a 3 month tour in Canada. I would love to go to Afghanistan, even though there isn’t a war there at the moment things are happening with the British Army every day.

“I hope to continue my career with the army but on a slightly different path. I am looking at completing my dentistry degree whilst in the army.”

Public Services students asked questions such as ‘what has been the most challenging thing you have faced since being in the army and how did you overcome it?’, ‘what skills have you learnt and have you gained confidence?’ and ‘what advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining?’.

As well as answering student questions she was able to offer valuable insight as to what basic training was like, living accommodation to give students a real feel for life in the army as well as tips for what to include on their CV.

 Ethan Heron who is a current Level 3 Public Services student said: “I found the CPD Day session really helpful and engaging.

“I want to into the police and specialise in counter terrorism, so it was nice to hear someone’s first-hand experience of the public sector.”

The College runs CPD Days to provide students with these extra opportunities which they might not usually get.

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