I have been reading this forum and other sites, while entertaining the thought of becoming an A/B and going to the SIU school in Piney Point. I’m 41 yrs old and I know I’d be starting at the “bottom”. My small business here in Michigan has taken a turn for the worse, and there is a mortgage to pay. I have some questions for those of you in the “know” and would appreciate in advance any advice given. So here we go :
Q: I live in michigan, and wonder what the differences are between working on the great lakes, and working on the ocean, as far as a work schedule and pay, and conditions.
Q: How plentiful are A/B jobs ? what is the approx. salary I could expect for the first few years?
Q: Are there types of jobs or ships or companies I should avoid on my first job out ?
Q : How standard is the 3 month work / 3 month off schedule, is it non-existent or pretty much what to expect ?
Thanks again for ANY advice.