Opportunities in Recession
Finding a job can be difficult – all the more so since the recent crisis in the financial world caused a knock-on effect hurting several other industries at the same time. Finding gainful employment is a challenge for many, even those who had thought that their academic or vocational qualifications had made them more or less bullet proof even in times of recession. In such an environment there is a lot to be said for looking to areas of work that may have seemed unsuited to your needs at another time. Many people who would have sworn a few years ago that taking a naval position was not to their taste may now be considering it, as the entry level requirements are not too high, and the scope for employment remains encouraging. Simply put, there will always be a need for a well-staffed navy. Accordingly, there will generally be jobs available.
Hard vs. Soft
A major reason why people would have frozen out the idea of working in the navy in the past is the nature of the work. It is true that the Navy is not the place for you if you want an easy desk job. There is a lot of extremely hard work involved, and it is often characterised as the kind of work which will make or break a person. It may be physically demanding, it may be monotonous, and it will be work that requires strength both mental and physical – but if you are ready to put your mind to it you will find, as many have before you, that it does get less difficult. Some people would use the term “character building", and this seems like a fair summation. Smaller concerns, and problems that you may have built up to be more than they were in the past, are put in perspective by knuckling down and working hard.
Bed of Roses?
The fact that it is easier to find work in a naval setting than in most fields may mislead some into thinking that it is literally a matter of turning up, being given a uniform and calling yourself by your rank, but this is of course not the case. You will need to pass aptitude tests and a physical examination, and even this is dependant upon whether a policy of recruitment is in place at the time. Should these conditions be in place, though, it is an industry with positions on offer in a time when such things are not so common elsewhere.
And this is where the crux of the matter lies. Are you prepared to face a change in your way of life that will at times make emotional demands upon you that are greater than any physical demand the job offers? If so, then there are positions for you, but you should make sure that you do not go into the industry with your eyes shut. If you take a positive attitude with you and take every situation on its merits, the Navy could well be the place for you.