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Mark
Forces: Ex-Royal Navy

Mark - CPO

“Make sure you network via LinkedIn and also search for HR employees for the companies you’re interested in - after all, they are often the people who make the decisions."

Mark served for 23 years in the Royal Navy before leaving in the rank of Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering). During his service, Mark gained a Foundation Degree along with management, leadership skills and discipline, and says that he most enjoyed the social life and technical challenges experienced during his time in the military.

Mark left the Royal Navy in April 2014, with the aim of utilising his existing technical skills in a second career. He began his resettlement by attending a Career Transition Workshop, where he says he found the CV writing, interview techniques and job searching sections of particular benefit.

With plans to seek a role in the offshore sector, Mark used his IRTC grant to complete offshore survival and hydraulic courses. He then used a variety of approaches in his job search, including websites such as Rig Zone and Oil Careers along with networking and CTP RightJob. It was via RightJob that Mark came across his new role with Wood Group PSN, a division of Wood Group, and the largest provider of brownfield services to the oil and gas industry.

Mark says, “I saved my Graduated Resettlement Time and normal leave for job searching; I cannot stress enough that it takes time to find the right job. I was spending up to 5 hours a day searching and applying for jobs; however I was offered 5 jobs before accepting the role with Wood Group PSN, so it proves the hard work paid off.”

Mark’s role with Wood Group PSN is on the Offshore Electrical Re-Engineer Programme, which is a programme specifically designed to fast-track highly skilled operations and maintenance technicians from the armed forces into the oil and gas industry.

Mark’s advice to other Service leavers is: “Make sure you network via LinkedIn and also search for HR employees for the companies you’re interested in - after all, they are often the people who make the decisions. It’s also useful to ask people who already work for the companies to submit your CV via the employee referrals route.”

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