Hello all, first post on here!
I’m looking for some career advice from some of the folks that have been around the block for a little while. (3rd Mate Unlimited, PIC DL, MEDPIC, TOAR partially completed)
I’m a recent grad and was one of the very, very few cadets to find employment before graduation. I’m currently working as a Third Mate on a Drillship. I understand that I am in a great position right now and feel pretty blessed to be sailing on my license at the moment, as quite a few of my classmates are not getting their sea time on the 3/M ticket.
With all this being said, I feel as if this job isn’t what I wanted when I was in school. Basically, a 3M on a drillship is a maintenance worker/overpaid AB - which is totally fine and good for right now as I need to pay off my school loans. I have no problem with getting my hands dirty and pounding decks for a while, but I am a little concerned that I will pigeon-hole myself if I don’t get out of offshore work within a year or two.
Ultimately, I want to work on tankers or heavy lift ships (I’ve always dreamed of doing the whole McMurdo/Thulere-supply runs, friggin dream job). AMO is where these jobs are at the moment and I have no problem paying dues and being a part of the union. Quite frankly, I’d much rather sail under the US flag and support Uncle Sam.
When it comes down to it, I really do enjoy being out to sea and moving cargo; working out here is quite literally the opposite of that. Ultimately it’s going to take some time to get where I want to go, but any advice on getting there would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to any input you guys and gals might have!