Start by being positive
Tell your employer you’re looking for a new challenge that will test and expand your skills for the benefit of the community and your country, as well as your everyday job. Let them know becoming a Navy Reservist will satisfy this ambition; give them plenty of notice; and work with them to manage your Reservist commitments.
Talk about the training
Explain to your employer that the training you receive will help you be more effective at your job, by broadening your skill-set and strengthening your personal attributes.
Navy training is designed to make you more positive and goal-oriented, able to prioritise tasks and make quick, objective decisions. The Navy will also work on your time management, quality control standards and adherence to safe practices.
Explain the personal development
Some of the enhanced skills and character traits you’ll bring to your full-time job as a result of your time with the Navy Reserve will include leadership, management and teamwork skills; self-discipline and reliance, initiative, and punctuality. Again, these are attributes your employer should place great value on.
Be prepared to answer questions
- If your employer is concerned about the commitment, reassure them that it may be as few as 20 days a year. However you must be honest about the upfront training which can take a number of weeks either in one block or spread out across your first year.
- Think in advance about how your work can be covered while you’re away, so your employer knows you care about things running smoothly in your absence.
- If they want to know who covers your pay, tell them they may be eligible to receive compensation through the Employer Support Payment Scheme.
- Remind your employer that people like doing business with companies that give something back. Your company’s commitment to the Navy Reserve will help position them as an organisation of choice, for supporting both their employees and the national interest.
We've produced an Employer’s Information Leaflet you can download, print and give to your employer. It covers much of the information provided here.