I’m a hawsepiper looking for my first sea time. I’m inland and need to move where the work is, I assume.
I’m interested in San Diego or Hawaii, not necessarily because I know the most opportunities will be there compared to other places, just because I think I’ll be happier there than other places (climate/culture). What do you know about the job scenes there? Where would you go if you were in my situation? Somewhere else? I am closer to Houston/Louisiana where I am now, but I don’t like it there. I’d suck it up though if it meant getting work.
The unions (SIU/SUP) were not at all encouraging when I called them and the MSC is not hiring entry-level right now. So I plan on going into every company I can find, dockwalking for fishing boats/yachts, trying the cruise companies, etc. I’ve applied online but either haven’t gotten responses or else there’s no way to even apply if you aren’t licensed.
Are there any other certs that I should get at my level that will increase my chances of finding a job? I have Basic Safety, but I am unclear of what else is available to me without sea time.
I appreciate your advice, even though it will be harsh and demoralizing.