Well, I guess I’m another guy asking for some career advice.
I’ve been working in the maritime industry about 9 years (before that, yachts). I did a few years as a cook, then a few years as a QMED with one of the big oilfield supply boat companies, and now I’m starting my 4th year as a sole engineer on an ocean going tug.
I currently hold a 2nd Assistant Engineer, Oceans, Unlimited HP license.
I like my current job, but the boats are pretty old and I feel like I’m getting behind on my up to date knowledge. I’m not a born mechanic by any means, and definitely feel like I’m behind the curve for a lot of the industry.
But, my biggest concern is my future ability to retire. I’m saving a hefty amount in an IRA, but minimal (1%) company match.
So, I guess the question is - what’s the next step? Join MEBA and work towards that pension? I kinda cringe at the idea of 4 month hitches (I currently do 1 month on/ 1 month off). Try to start buying rental properties and hope for the best?
I’d love to work for somewhere with a real retirement plan and a decent schedule (we all would, right?). I’m pretty out of the loop; I don’t even know what companies to apply to.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.