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    22 UK just graduated in Manufacturing Engineering, I have been working at a manufacturing company which sponsored through my degree for the last four years. The company has told me I will not get any job review and no other roles are open as business is quiet and that I can look for other jobs. I am currently stuck in a low level position at the company earning minimum wage so with no prospects for improvement I decided to apply for the airforce as this is something I have always wanted to do.

    My dilemma is that the application process for the airforce can take up to 9 months, i applied a couple of weeks ago so it could take some time. While I don't need the money as I have no student debt I feel leaving my current job will be detrimental to my airforce application and my chances of getting another job as I have always been advised it's easier to get a job while employed however I feel I am throwing time away especially if my airforce application was unsuccessful. I am unsure whether to seek another job before airforce application goes through so I will have a good backup option or just stick it out at my current job which to be honest I really dont enjoy ATM. The problem with getting another job is many that would make good careers have 2 year placements and I might not be able to get time off for my airforce interviews and tests. I have holiday saved for this at my current job.

    Any advice is appreciated

    Get a new job while you wait for the airforce application to process. You can ask for time off to do the interviews. I doubt the airforce will only give you a days notice if you are going to be interviewed. Don't worry about it.

    I would also say get a new job while waiting. I was in your situation in 2006. I applied Nov 2006 and passed the filter interview and OASC at the first attempts. I was accepted in Aug 2007. Unfortuantely, the in depth RAF medical found a minor undiagnosed medical issue that needed treating and I wasn't actaully able to start officer training until Jan 09. In the meantime, I changed jobs 3 times and was actually in a job earning decent money that I would have been happy to stay in had I not joined the RAF. I found employers were generally fine with time off for the RAF application process as it's such a long process and I explained that it was my ultimate goal, but with no guarantees I would be accepted.
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