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JUNE 23RD 2020

CIVILIAN CAREER AND ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE TRAINING THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Photo of Kiera volunteering on Tall Ships Youth Trust Voyage

Kiera volunteering on a Tall Ships Youth Trust voyage

Kiera Nazarin is a newly qualified Royal Naval Reserve Midshipman with HMS Sherwood, who is also rising fast through the ranks of her civilian career.  She explains how the one career perfectly complements the other, and how the skills from both are transferable.

 

The seed of the idea of joining the Royal Naval Reserve was planted at University.  Kiera studied Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London, and having sailed for most of her life, decided to join the University Royal Navy Unit (URNU).  “I loved it.  We met once a week, like any other society. At weekends we did adventurous training, and leadership and management qualifications. It was fantastic to train alongside like-minded people and make friends,” commented Kiera.

Professional headshot

Kiera in her professional, civilian role with Greencore

Kiera now works for Greencore, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of convenience foods, as a Purchasing Excellence Partner. She is part of a dynamic new team who are looking at innovative new ways of working. “One of the ways that the Navy has complemented my civilian career is through leadership and management. At a basic level, you have to be confident standing up and presenting, or mapping out a new idea. But the strategic thinking side of my business career is really important, and so many of the skills I have, I built up in the Navy.  And vice versa, everything I learn about Project Management in my day job goes straight into my Reserve duties. It’s a win win!”

“One task we worked on at Dartmouth was about individual leadership styles and how to make a team more effective.  I could see that this would be of relevance at work, so I presented an idea to my team, and they asked me to build it into a tool.  It’s now used to help managers understand the dynamics of their team better, and to help team members appreciate and get the best out of each others’ strengths,” explained Kiera.

A spokesperson for Greencore said: “We’re proud of the work that Kiera is doing as a Reservist. At Greencore we encourage as many colleagues as possible to get involved in organisations and activities that support and help our local communities and wider society. Kiera is an excellent example of a colleague who has this ethos at the core.”

Kiera passing out as a Midshipman from Britannia Royal Naval Collegenry

Kiera (with HMS Sherwood colleague Afton Fitzhenry) passing out from Britannia Royal Naval College

Invited to join the board of the Tall Ships Trust

Kiera is also the youngest Board member of the Tall Ships Sailing Trust, which offers life changing adventures at sea to disadvantaged young people.  Her role as a Trustee is to represent the young people and provide insights to help the Board develop their offer.  And, in return, Kiera learns from the vast wealth of business experience the other members of the board have to offer. “It was a steep learning curve, going from volunteering on the boats to understanding the Charity at that whole new level, but again, I love how each experience adds to the next,” commented Kiera.

RNR Confirmation Course training on Dartmoor

On Royal Naval Reserve confirmation course training on Dartmoor

So, if you have ever considered a Navy career, becoming a Royal Naval Reserve might be a perfect solution to fit into your current lifestyle.  For students, there are 15 URNUs across the UK, all offering the opportunity to undertake personal and professional development whilst studying at University.  But you can join also the Royal Naval Reserve from the age of 16. No formal qualifications are required, and you can fit it around your other commitments.  For more information, read here.

Kiera onboard a Tall Ship's Trust yacht

Volunteering for the Tall Ships Youth Trust

“One of the ways that the Navy has complemented my civilian career is through leadership and management. So many of the skills I have are those which I have built up in the Navy.  And vice versa, everything I learn about Project Management in my day job goes straight into my Reserve duties. It’s a win win!" Kiera Nazarin