Just read through this thread...very interesting. I spent a year at a Maritime Academy and transferred to join the Army (weird I know). Went to college, ROTC Scholarship, got commissioned, etc. Long, LONG, story short...I am leaving the military within the next 8 months, getting out of the National Guard as an O-3 Captain. Multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Current Federal Employee within Department of Homeland Security (basically a radio dispatcher for customs and border protection) but want to go back to where I started this journey and re-enter the maritime industry. I recently turned 30 and see this as my opportunity to switch gears into my permanent career. I would like it to be with MSC.
My background as an Army Officer is in communications and electronic warfare. I may slide in as a radio tech quite easily, but am up for anything. Seems like the radio tech thing is exactly what I did...dealing with COMSEC, radios, automations, anything that plugs in. I recently applied to the Chief radio tech position (not really thinking I will get it but just to see the application process white waiting for a lesser position within commo although technically I WAS a chief in the Army, since I was the Battalion communications manager for 800+ and advisor to the commander).
I hope my non traditional background does not trip me up. I just want back into the maritime world and am willing to work and move up. But my military background is as a commissioned officer, my work experience is as a GS9 federal employee, and I have a college degree. Or on the other hand, will these just serve as added benefits to my application?
Just wondering how to BEST highlight my past experiences. I see my background as wonderful for nearly any employer, but I need to avoid and/or explain this dramatic shift in gears. I hope it does not "scare" MSC to see an O-3 apply to a position that may be looking at E-3 background. Does anyone have any insight into this aspect? I have my MMC, TWIC, Passport, STCW BST.
Maybe the best way to ask my question, since I may have not been clear...I have a lot MSC is already looking for. Military background, security clearance, federal employment history, and all my documents/paperwork in order. How should I avoid being painted into a corner as overqualified (not in maritime experience obviously, but in other aspects)