After clockwatching his way through industrial placements and other jobs, Dave Guest felt he needed a challenge – and there is nothing more challenging than landing a multimillion pound aircraft on the deck of a moving vessel in extreme environments. 'The Royal Navy has given me the skills to be comfortable with new and unfamiliar situations and to deal with them calmly and effectively,' says Dave, now a SubLieutenant and trainee pilot. 'The Navy gives you confidence but not arrogance. It moulds you into a better, more well-rounded person.'
The Royal Navy seeks to make its employees 'officers first', which means a world of personal development, professional development and a real sense of purpose. 'Quite often you come out of university feeling motivated but unsure about how you want to direct it,' Dave says. 'The Navy harnesses your sense of motivation and unleashes your potential – what I'm doing has real purpose.'
But what is that purpose? The Royal Navy's role is to protect and serve the UK's interests. This means that – in whichever of the 21 different officer roles – you could find yourself preventing conflicts, intercepting drug traffickers, tackling piracy or delivering aid in the wake of disasters.
We asked Dave to take us through some of the highlights of his time with the Royal Navy.
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