RAF reservist says skills she has learned have helped her excel in her career
News | Rhys Williams | Published: 16:34, Friday June 26th, 2020.
Last updated: 18:28, Friday June 26th, 2020
A senior aircraftswoman has spoken about how the skills she has learned as a Royal Air Force reservist have helped her excel in her career.
Polly Moore, 27, joined the reserves five years ago, having grown up with a father who served as an RAF technician.
Ms Moore, who works as a business intelligence developer for Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh, said: “Prior to joining the reserves, I wouldn’t even give eye contact to anyone. I am now, however, far more confident and eager to learn.
“The reserves pushes you in various elements such as leadership, confidence and organisational skill, and this in turn can help enhance you in your everyday life.
“There is also the ‘cool’ factor. Coming from a somewhat nerdy childhood, the ability to say I have shot a rifle, flown a glider, camped out in the woods, socialised with Canadian Soldiers in France, Nordic skied up a mountain larger than Ben Nevis, certainly peaks the interest of those I talk to.”
As part of the 614 squadron, Ms Moore has travelled all over the UK and has been to Belgium, France and Germany.
She added: “Being a reservist has certainly improved and enhanced me as a person, which has in turn had such a positive effect on my civilian career. I am more confident and disciplined, and I have been granted the opportunity to be an effective leader in my civilian workplace.
“Financially this has had benefits also – since joining the reserves, my civilian salary has almost doubled. It really proves that you get out what you put in.
“Being a reservist is a badge of pride and honour for me. As a reservist, we can offer outside perspectives, thus contributing to the dynamism of the RAF.”
Huw Davies, director of resources at United Welsh said: “At United Welsh, supporting people to live their best lives is really important to us.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the energy and enthusiasm of our staff, and we recognise that reservists have so much to give; contributing valuable skills to employers as well as the communities where they live. We are very proud of Polly and what she has achieved.”
Armed Forces Week started on Monday, June 22 and lasts until Sunday, June 28.
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