As part of our #DYWKeyWorkers campaign we spoke to Staff Sergeant MacDonald, a careers advisor in the British army, to ask him what his typical day looks like and gain insight into his career journey.
What attracted you to the industry you are in?
The thought of adventure, travel, job security and a purpose in life to serve my country.
How long have you been with the British Army?
Describe your day-to-day role
To actively promote an image of the professionalism in the Army and to facilitate a smooth joining process for potential recruits into the Army.
What kind of training have you done?
I have trained all over the world, learning all aspects of different types of warfare.
What skills have you learned?
Discipline, loyalty, honesty and that, no matter what happens, a smile and a cheerful disposition goes a long way.
What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?
Do not ask someone to do a job that you are not prepared to do yourself.
Was there anything about the job that surprised you?
Yes, that no matter where you come from in society that the Army shares a common purpose to all.
Is there anything unusual about your role?
No, not really at this time, over the years I have had various roles, no day is the same in the field Army.
Do you get a lot of support from your company?
Yes, there are so many agency’s out there to support you in whatever it is you require.
What’s favourite part of your job?
Meeting people from all parts of society.
Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?
Not at first, however there was no work in my area at that time.
What is your advice for school leavers looking for apprenticeship?
Do your homework on what type you are looking for and always look at the future- will you be happy doing that job and will there still be that type of work in the next 10 years?
What is your career goal?
To be happy and content. The day I stop enjoying my job is the time to leave and explore new avenues.
How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?
It does not feel and different to normal work.
Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker
Not only a key worker but I am proud to serve my country and its population, be it at home during fire strikes, floods etc or be it abroad trying to defeat ISIS/Taliban.