I currently have a 200 ton inland and an AB special with no STCW. Being early in my career I am contemplating how far I would like to take my license. It seems to me that there are 2 ways to get to an Unlimited Master’s license. First, to sail on a large vessel as an AB or OS and take that reduction in pay while working on acquiring sea time and needed classes. The second option being, a graduate course of study at one of the maritime academies that would land me a third mate’s license (I am almost finished with my Bachelor’s). Beside that I could continue to piecemeal together my licenses as I have been doing and go for an upgrade to 200 ton Oceans, 1600 ton Inland, and possibly AB Unlimited, but I am unsure what advantages that would give. Any advice or paths I missed would be appreciated.