Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked David Fleming from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:
Learn about the Naval Service – look at the website, visit a ship alongside a port when they are open to the public, talk to any friends/family in the Naval Service, ring the Recruiting Office.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I took biology, geography, chemistry, as the elective subjects. I was always the outdoors type of person and although we did not get much chance to get outdoors during school I was able to apply them. When choosing my Agriculture degree these courses really helped. Geography in particular was enjoyable as I love maps and we use a lot of maps in forestry. I was always regarded as an underachiever, but I knew what I wanted and what I need to do to get it.