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Russ Haines

Business Development Manager, Institute of Leadership and Management

Advanced Management Achievement Course (AMAC) >>

The Advanced Management Achievement Course is a three-week highly specialised programme designed for officers moving in to management and executive careers. Through practical, interactive sessions, you will develop the confidence and management tools to take the next step in your career.

Why were you interested in AMAC?
It seemed liked a great opportunity to refresh and enhance the knowledge that I gained when I did my MBA (2005) as well as getting an opportunity to network with fellow Service leavers. Crucially, it promised to help translate many of the skills that I have acquired during my time in the Royal Navy and give me increased confidence in my ability to make a successful transition to a civilian career.

How did the programme go?
It was excellent! The volume and intensity was a bit of a culture shock at first, however I soon realised that the programme was deliberately front-loaded to allow wider learning to take place during weeks two and three. The lecturers were all first-class and brought a wide range of experience that enabled them to effectively interact with the partisan Service personnel. There is just the right balance between academic rigour and practical application which was considerably enhanced by the real-life experiences of the experts.

What did you enjoy most?
I found the opportunity to mix with fellow Service leavers across a wide range of ranks extremely beneficial. I really enjoyed sharing experiences of the resettlement process and gained an appreciation of where I stand in the relative pecking order once the ranks and uniform has been removed!

What’s happened since you finished the programme?
The course itself gave me increased confidence in my own ability and demonstrated that the knowledge and skills gained during my Naval Service are extremely transferrable to the outside world. I found it helped alter my mindset toward life as a civilian. On leaving the Navy I took the opportunity to get involved in the London 2012 Olympics whilst I considered my future career direction.

Would you recommend the programme to others and why?
Yes, absolutely and indeed I have done so already. AMAC is an invaluable start to life outside the military and within the commercial sector.

I enjoyed a highly successful and rewarding career in the Royal Navy starting as a junior sailor and finishing as Head of the Navy’s Leadership Academy. Having achieved all I wanted in the Navy, I made a conscious decision to change careers and needed a short course to help identify and translate my transferable skills; AMAC did exactly that and more.