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Royal Navy visitors inspire HSDC students for future careers

September 21, 2021

Royal Navy officer talking to students

Inspired HSDC students are looking towards their future thanks to a group of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel sharing stories of their careers.

As part of the induction week for Uniformed Services and Public & Defence Services students, 16 Royal Navy personnel from a variety of trades visited the College to discuss what life is like in the Royal Navy.

More than 90 students listened to the inspirational and informative talk in the Theatre on our South Downs Campus, learning more about career opportunities and the qualifications they will need to succeed.

The special guests talked about all kinds of different roles and branches of the Royal Navy, including being a pilot or chef, working on submarines or even joining the Royal Naval Reserve.

Students asked a variety of questions about roles which interest them, and learned more about how they can gain further qualifications in the Royal Navy and how the application process works.

Martyn Bell, Course Manager for Public & Defence Services, said: 

Royal Navy personnel“Opportunities like this are exceedingly rare, so we made the most of their time and expertise. From a course lead point of view, the value of this is immeasurable in terms of exposure time to each of the trades, the employability opportunities, the advice and guidance on the recruitment process and the reinforcement of why achieving English and Mathematics qualifications is crucial to being successful in the Forces. 

“The feedback I received from our students was extremely encouraging, which is why we strive to have exposure to the Forces and blue light services when we can.”

The next phase for HSDC students keen to join the Royal Navy or Royal Marines will be online interview practice and support with applications throughout the year. 

Visit our Public Services courses page to learn more about what we offer on our South Downs and Alton campuses.