Hello Everyone, this will be my first post.
After reading many postings and responses, I’m finding most have been fairly knowledgable and professional for fellow mariners or novice mariners genuinely seeking guidance or help from a few professionals with experience in our line of work. However, after reading some of the ridiculous responses, I’ve realized thats not what they’re getting out of this forum and I couldn’t help but wonder where the integrity and camaraderie is/went… What a shame. Not to mention how unprofessional some of you sound when putting in your effort to help.
If you are on this forum engaging in conversations, I would imagine you consider yourself to be a knowledgeable professional Merchant Marine, as most people who come on here are looking to stay plugged-in to the latest news, updates and how the rest of the industry is doing strictly from first person perspective.
With that, I think its fair to say this would be professional site/forum for people seeking professional responses and posts. Not some place to read about a disgruntled seaman. I’m finding some of you are venting because you’re upset with how you handled yourself throughout your career, got fired from a company, laid off due to a down-turn, failed to take opportunity when it was presented, or just got lazy and burnt-out.
Here is what I propose:
I really would like to take a pole on what each of you think professionalism and Integrity stand for. I think this would be interesting to see. I would challenge you not to look up the meanings and respond in your own words. If you need to look it them, I would hope you can learn a little more about what they really means or stands for and going forward, act in such a way.
Professionals respond in a way that set emotions aside and provide an example of how to lead. They answer others with facts and helpful advice. Attaching your emotional havoc to your views only gives the wrong impression and makes you and everyone around you look bad. It just puts bad taste in their mouth about the industry. I think most would agree Mariners are smart, intelligent people. I don’t have to tell you that. From my experience the persona of a merchant marine is fairly respectable by those who work ashore. Can you keep that reputation going and contribute to making it a better? Or will you contribute to ruining it?
Maybe you should ask yourself; Are you professional enough to post on “gCaptain”?