Former student on fast track to success

It's great to hear from former students of Sir John Hunt particularly those that have gone on to achieve so many great things and experience wonderful opportunities. Former student Kristen has been in touch telling us all about her exciting adventure since leaving SJH two years ago. Here is a copy of her letter:

Dear Miss Newberry, 

I was attending sixth form nearly two years. Yourself and an individual from the civil service supported me through the process of applying for the civil service fast track scheme and as you know, I got the job. To put it into perspective, 20,000 people applied for the fast track and only 5% were hired.

My role was within the Ministry of Defence, specifically defence equipment and support,  to train to become a project manager. I’m now a year into my apprenticeship and I have had a great experience learning about not only what it takes to be a PM, but also about defence and our latest equipment that we have or will be supplying the military.

Within my first year, I have been working within the maritime combat system. This team is made up of approximately 250 people 40% military and 60% civilian. The team aim to make our ships fit to fight now and in the future with the latest equipment available. Within this role, I have been working specifically with the project controls aspects of project management , this includes; risk ,scheduling, change and earned value management. This also involves visiting various docks, like Plymouth and Portsmouth, to assess our ships equipment in person.

However, I will be entering a new placement next week. This will be on a project working on our latest technology regarding drones and will require some travel to America as this is where our stakeholder are based. This placement will be concentrating on managing the project itself , the project team, the contracts and the stakeholders.

I wanted to say thank you for advertising and encouraging opportunities like these as I wouldn’t of ever considered this hadn’t it of been presented by yourself. I can say from my experience that higher apprenticeships from the civil service are very interesting and exciting. I hope that the students at SJH will consider these opportunities as well as university. 

Kind regards