I passed out of Royal Marines Commando training as a general rate in June 2011. I was drafted to 43 Commando during the early stages of my career, before specialising as a small boats operator in the Landing Craft Branch. I served on numerous operations in both the UK and abroad and participated on countless exercises all over the world. After serving just 4 years, I decided to leave the Marines to pursue a career as a Teacher.
Gaining a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology prior to joining the Marines meant I could apply straight to teacher training. However, it soon became clear that there were many entry routes into the profession and I was struggling to choose the right one.
It was at this point I registered my CV and interest with ForceSelect. Their team were extremely quick to pick up the phone and listen to my ideas and before I knew it, a plan had been set in motion to find the right route into teaching for me.
After liaising with Hugh Andree, CEO of ForceSelect, he was able to put me in touch with the right people through his list of contacts and experience in the recruitment industry. Within weeks I had promising interviews and meetings lined up and was formally offered a position in a school, a mere two months after initially contacting ForceSelect.
Hugh and his team maintained communications throughout and were extremely professional in the way they handled everything. They gave me advice and interview guidance during the process and they were always at the other end of the phone if I needed to ask questions. I would go as far as to say that any service person planning to leave the Armed Forces must get in contact with ForceSelect as a first port of call. They have given me a solid foundation in civilian life and I will always be grateful for their efforts and work on my behalf.