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Daniel H
Forces: RAF

Daniel H - Cpl

My advice? Be pro-active! Have a positive mind set and put in as much effort as you can to prove that you have what it takes."

Corporal Daniel Howitt Served for 12 years in the RAF before deciding to leave. During his resettlement with CTP, he attended a Career Transition Workshop (CTW), where he learnt how to translate his military career into civilian terminology. He also attended one of the CTP Employment Fairs and successfully completed the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations and Level 5 Certificate in Service Improvement (Lean Six Sigma). Here, Daniel explains how he secured a placement with Assystems for a Civilian Work Attachment.

“In August last year I received a message from Kerry Barham, senior recruitment consultant at Assystem UK, as she had noticed my profile on LinkedIn and explained how the roles at Assystem UK would be well suited to my qualifications and experience in aerospace engineering.

“After a few interactions with Kerry I was offered the opportunity to take part in a one week work placement.

I decided that prior to the work placement I needed to get my head back in the books, I researched the company including background, successes, current clients and more. I read everything I could about their customers products and I even had notes on how to prepare business cases. Just putting in that effort in beforehand enhanced my experience and allowed me to really focus on the week ahead.

“Monday morning arrives, I had my schedule for the week, who was meeting me and everything needed to get me there ready to start. The moment I arrived I felt extremely welcome, everyone was really friendly and my nerves left instantly.

“I was placed with three different teams over the week, each team was unique but what I noticed was how they all to worked together to achieve the customers' needs.

“During my time with the teams I was assigned to a particular individual, who took time away from their busy schedules to explain in detail what they do day to day. They also allowed me to shadow them during meetings, shop floor visits and presentation reviews in order for me to appreciate the whole process. As you can imagine there was a lot of information to take in, however, as the week progressed everything made more sense, it gave me the opportunity to really understand how the company provides whole life support for customers in the gas turbine industry.

One of the most important things for me, which I am sure is the same for most Service leavers, is that my confidence grew. Behind all the anxiety of leaving the RAF after 12 years was the realisation that opportunities exist to work for a professional company like Assystem UK.

“My advice? Be pro-active! Have a positive mind set and put in as much effort as you can to prove that you have what it takes.

“I would highly recommend Assystem UK for a work placement, to anyone who wants to pursue engineering after leaving the services.

“Finally I would like to say thank you to Assystem UK, Kerry Barham and Rob Matthews for organising the week and to all the teams/individuals for giving me their time during the week. I can’t emphasise enough how valuable this opportunity was.”

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