After Heriot’s Blog

Next on the blog we have Christie M. Jack

Please get in touch if you wish to share your story ‘after Heriot’s’.

Christie M. Jack, Class of 2014

What is your current role?

I’m a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy and currently drafted as: Commanding Officer of Yorkshire University Royal Navy Unit.

What was your journey to get there?

I joined the Royal Navy in September 2017, after graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast with a BA Joint Honours in Politics and International Relations. I spent 1 year at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, training to become a Naval Officer. On completion of this training, I then began my specialised training to become a Warfare Officer. I spent two years of intensive training both at sea and on land conducting navigation, ship handling, ship technology and watch keeping assessments to name but a few. Passing my final assessments meant I became eligible to drive any warship in the Royal Navy. I was then drafted to my first job as an Officer of the Watch – responsible for the safety of the ship and its people whilst at sea – onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the Fleet Flagship. I spent 22 months onboard, of which I was Officer of the Watch 4. During this time I completed her maiden operational deployment to the Far East and back, deploying for 8 months and covering over 44000 nautical miles. I am now in my second draft, in Command of my own Unit.

What are your achievements?

Being an Officer of the Watch on Queen Elizabeth and driving a 65,000 tonne warship round the world conducting aircraft operations.

What are your favourite memories of Heriot’s?

The students and the teachers. I was at Heriot’s from nursery – 6th year and the friends I made at nursery I am still friends with today!

Any top tips for current pupils when planning their future?

Nothing is out of limits! Don’t be afraid to try something different.