I will be entering the Master’s Program in International Transportation Management w/ U.S. Coast Guard License at SUNY Maritime College. A little summary of me: I graduated with a bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton with several years of work experience under my belt. I have decided to make a career change to the maritime industry. I plan to sail for at least 5 years. After that, I will gauge whether I want to go shore-side or continue onward to a captain role.
- What are the advantages of graduating with an M.S. w/ license verses someone with a bachelor’s degree w/ license?
- Is it difficult to obtain deck officer job after graduation or does the school help provide connections to your first job into the industry?
- Is there advantage to having a master’s degree when working shore-side? or is sea time experience the only factor?
- What kind of resources are available at SUNY to maximize my employability and student experience? What should I expect upon graduation?
- Is it difficult to juggle a part time job with the curriculum workload?
- Is there a faster or less expensive method to becoming a third mate officer?
Apologies in advance for the cluster of questions or if any of the terminologies are butchered. I am new to this field and website so any helpful input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!