Hello. I am trying to become a merchant mariner. I tried turning applications online with no results. After that I began searching for what to do to find that I need to actually visit in person. I do live in central Louisiana and so going to the gulf is not a problem. However I am 20 and unemployed with meager savings. Though I do have enough to get to the gulf and stay a few days. I have my TWIC and MMC. I have the ratings of OS/ Wiper/ FH. I thought this all I needed. I knew that I could not get an STCW certification as an OS. But I did not know that I could take a BST to be more easily hired.
So my questions are as follows. Should I continue to look for local work to save money to take the BST and then go look for work? Or simply go down south now and see what results I can get? A third option is I may have enough money to take the BST but it will not leave anything to look for work. I will have to work locally in order to save money. Any and all advice is appreciated. I am willing to do any of these but am unsure of what will be the best option.