George MacGregor (Naval Officer)
Attended St Brendan's 2011 - 2013
Subjects Studies: Politics, English Language, Physics
Previous School: Home Educated
I have always been interested in a career at sea, so after finishing at St Brendan's I applied to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a fleet of Ministry of Defence operated ships which provide logistical support to the armed forces by resupplying Royal Navy vessels, transporting troops, assisting with amphibious assaults and taking part in anti-piracy operations, among other activities.
I was accepted as an Officer Cadet, and after completing initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College I am now being paid a good salary to study for a Foundation Degree in Nautical Science, and I am obtaining my MCA qualifications as an Officer of the Watch, which will see me getting promoted to 3rd Officer.
My biggest achievement so far has been passing the Admiralty Interview Board, 3 gruelling days of tests to determine potential as a naval officer, including tests for effective intelligence, service knowledge, fitness and leadership potential.
On advice for current students, I would say applying to university is definitely worthwhile, but don't become blindsided into thinking it's the only credible option out there! There are plenty of good careers available, including many in which you can get sponsored to complete a higher education qualification.
If I could change one thing about my time at college it would be to talk to more people! Don't be afraid to engage with other people outside of your normal friend group - you'll meet some interesting characters.
In ten years’ time I hope to be feeling fulfilled in what I'm doing, regardless of whether it's the same career, or something new.