I’m not sure what to type other than I’m interested in a pat on the back telling me things will be okay. I’m a bit nervous. My goal has always been to work offshore so I switched from medical undergraduate to Petroleum Engineering Technology at Houston Community College. Even before the fall of the gasoline market I was seeing the limitations of the Associates degree. I am really unhappy with the program as they have zero hands on education so when looking at Universities I knew I would want something hands on. I have a 4.0 so I can basically go into any program I want, but I found TAMUG because it had offshore programs.
I initially applied at TMA for the Engineering program, but after sitting through the tour and doing more research on Victor company I applied for Marine Transportation instead opting to be above deck versus below deck. Also A&M is advertising nearly a 100% placement rate after completing the degree. I am currently accepted into TMA pending physical and acceptance into Victor company.
The only other University I would be interested in would be CSUM as I use to live in California dealing cards which was a good living, but I think it should be easy for me to find a college job in Galveston. I just don’t want to dig a hug grave for myself just in case the degree does fall though I’m going to be 30 when I start the program 33-34 at completion.
Money really was never my motivation I made money in casinos not a lot but a comfortable living. I just wanted a job offshore the lure of 1 for 1 scheduling. I’m good at academics, but at the same time I don’t care for it myself being a vocational person, but I don’t think doing the vocational thing is the right thing to do as San Jacinto Community College will certify you to be a Qualified Seaman. Other than that I don’t know shit about the ocean, I mean I have been on boats, but no one will take me offshore and finding even an entry level petroleum position is nearly impossible at this point. I have applied for all of the limited internship opportunities and hopefully this will help steer me in the future.
Was the 80k and 3-4 years of your life worth the investment? I’m going to go either way, but hearing from other people would make me feel better about it. I think that this is an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to start the program. If you went to TMA were you able to work at the same time. I work 40 hours a week as a security guard seems like a standard college job, and I can study at work usually as it is pretty laid back I guess I have just got comfortable where I am at.
I was considering buying a piece of rental property on the south side a bit before Galveston has anyone else done anything familiar while investing time in the program.