As a person living in the civilian world, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the idea of being in the Navy – even more so when you’re a female who grew up watching your friends and family members enlisting in the military.
In recent years, however, we see more and more young women who are turning to the Navy as a career choice. Choosing the Navy can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s also a profession that requires a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment – as we found out at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.
Held at the Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 June, the seminar played host to a handful of aspiring naval candidates from all walks of life – some are keen on joining with patriotism in mind, while others are hoping to score a scholarship for their university education. But everyone came with one purpose: to build a career in this dynamic field. Here are some important takeaways we learned amidst it all.
#1 Never underestimate the importance of the Navy
We all know that Singapore is highly regarded as a maritime nation, but we often forget how important maritime security is – even the slightest mistake can cause national security to be compromised. Which is why it’s essential to have a strong Navy to ensure that our seas are safe and secure for all. From the moment you put on the uniform, you become part of something bigger; you become a symbol of strength, courage and sacrifice. In return, you’re rewarded with a meaningful and fulfilling experience that you wouldn’t trade for anything else.
A young female Navy sailor with an attendee at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.
#2 It’s not just about combat and warfighting
One common perception about the Navy is that it’s all about combat readiness. Yes, you have to be ready at all times to answer the call of duty – but it’s also about the “art of making friends”. Diplomacy is key for the Navy, as it plays an important role in sustaining long-lasting relationships with partners in the region and beyond. This makes it easier to tackle maritime challenges, at the same time establishing global credibility for Singapore as the diplomatic arm of the military.
#3 Don’t expect to be treated any differently
Taking the plunge into a field that’s traditionally dominated by males can be intimidating, but there’s really not much you should be worried about – because all that matters is your capabilities once you’re out at sea. Just like your male counterparts, you’re expected to go through military training in order to be properly equipped with the necessary skillsets. You will then get the opportunity to take on key leadership roles, while being exposed to various aspects of the organisation.
We sat in for an intimate sharing session with one of the naval officers – what an eye-opening experience!
#4 You develop bonds that last a lifetime
Above everything else, what makes the Navy so special is its tight-knit team spirit. Having been through years of rigorous training and complex operations with your fellow crew members, you forge an unbeatable sense of camaraderie that you hardly get in other professions. When you’re able to wholeheartedly trust someone with your life, that’s when you know you have a friendship for life. And this is what they call, the Navy Family.
So if you value teamwork and are looking for a career that’s out of the ordinary, consider being part of the Navy Family!
This post is brought to you by the Republic of Singapore Navy.
If you have missed the Navy Women’s Career Seminar, fret not! You may reach at the Navy at www.navycareers.gov.sg!