I am just out of school and I looking for my first third mate job. I was offered an ab job and although I would much rather sail as a mate I am considering taking the ab position. I did well in school and aboard the training ship but I am not sure if I am ready for all responsiblities that a third mate has. Here are my concerns.
I have never been in charge of tieing up or letting go, will someone help me with this if i am the 3 mate or am I supposed to know how to do it?
As a third mate I am in charge of the safety equipment yet I have very liitle hands on training with tools and repairing things ( blame my dad for this one. )
When I “stood watch” on the training ship there was always a lot of people helping and now it just me and an ab.
I think if I sail as an ab I can get some more exposure to the duties of a third mate and be a more confident mate but I am also worried I will get to comfortable as an ab and be even more nervous to sail as a mate.
I also don’t want to wait forever to get a job and this position is just waiting for me.
Also what do you bring on your first ship? Will the ship have a lot of the stuff I need for sale or am I am just better of bringing a 4 moth supply of everything? I asked one of the MT Professors but he just told me- this isn’t summer camp.
Ok, I have a few days to think about it. Thanks for reading this.