Royal Navy’s Jessica returns to CRC

Former student Jessica Cornell returned to Cambridge Regional College to give an insight into her new career in the Royal Navy – just four months after leaving the college.

Royal Navy's Jessica CRC return

The 19 year-old, who studied on a Uniformed Public Services course at CRC before going straight into the Navy, completed her action-packed basic training with flying colours and is now undergoing specialised training to become a meteorologist.

Jessica, a star sea cadet while at the college who was appointed to the role of Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, spent a day back at CRC talking to students at all levels of the Uniformed Services course.

During her challenging 10 weeks of training, she had to learn how to tackle floods and fires at sea, complete assault courses and overcome problems as a team – as well as perfect her boot-polishing skills.

Jessica said studying at CRC had helped prepare her well for a fantastic career.

“This is not a job to me, it is my life and I love it. I’m getting paid for doing something I really want to do,” she said.

“College and the cadets prepared me for the Royal Navy, because of the PT, coursework and discipline.

“Studying Uniformed Public Services is definitely a good way into the Services – you get a taste of everything you can do. For many people basic training was a culture shock. I felt I was prepared and I knew what to expect because of the college.”

CRC Faculty Director Kate Da Costa said: “Jessica’s visit to the college was inspirational for the students and it was a pleasure to welcome her back. She was an outstanding student and showed just what can be done through hard work and determination.

“It was excellent to hear how well the college and the cadets had prepared her for her future career.”

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