Portsmouth High School alumna, Coral Crouch, returned this term to speak to all the senior girls about her time at university. She spoke enthusiastically about joining the Bristol University’s Royal Naval Unit which has subsequent led to a career in the Royal Navy:
‘Having got as much out of Bristol University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) as I possibly could as a student, since graduating I’ve been continuing this trend at Southampton URNU as a Training Officer (RNR), while I wait for selection to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) Dartmouth to begin training as a regular Logistics Officer. My role at Southampton URNU is to teach leadership, navigation and seamanship to the 50 undergraduate students who form part of the unit. I also help run training weekends both in the form of adventurous training or sport and at sea on the unit’s P2000 (20m RN patrol ship). This job has really pushed me to extend my subject knowledge, as to be able to teach something, you always have to be at least one step ahead. One area in which I feel I have particularly
developed is my leadership skills. Being only a recent graduate myself, I am not much older than some of the students. Whilst I can use this to my advantage in that I can relate to them and them to me perhaps more easily, the challenge is balancing this with knowing when to step back and assert authority. My leadership skills were particularly put to the test in this way when I was in charge of taking a group of 10 students out to Gibraltar to join HMS OCEAN (Landing Platform Helicopter) and sail back to Plymouth over the course of 6 days. I was responsible for both their safety and driving their training programme while on board. I am really enjoying my time with Southampton URNU and have got involved with several additional activities such as playing in their hockey team and stepping up to represent the region in the Royal Navy Dinghy Team Racing Championships, coming second overall.’
We wish Coral the best of luck as she waits for news of selection to Britannia Royal Naval College.
For more information on Royal Naval careers http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers