I did everything to avoid adding yet another MSC-related thread, but both of my replies to existing threads were rejected, so here I am!
I am entirely new to the industry - no sea time whatsoever. However, I decided a while back this is the career I want. I now have a TWIC, Medical Certificate, and my MMD (OS, WI, SD[FH]). My hope is to get hired by MSC as an entry-level employee. In spite of all the horror stories, I want to work for MSC and make a career out of it.
Unfortunately, there are no entry-level positions open right now. Now that I have my documents, however, I am curious if there is anything I can do in the interim to prepare myself for the application process or perhaps even get some sea time? I have come to terms with the fact that it may be a long time before I get a shot at applying for MSC; the last thing I want to do is just sit back and not use the time I have to better-prepare myself.
Also, I live in the Los Angeles area. Despite having the country's busiest port right in my backyard, I am having difficulty finding any companies that have a base here. I am considering going down and doing the whole "knocking on doors" deal, but it would be nice to at least know what/who I need to be looking for.
Thank you for all your help.