Hello everyone. I’ve been lurking here for a few months as I go back and forth about entering the profession. I appreciate the knowledge you all share.
I’d like to ask for some advice. I’ll be moving to the vicinity of the GLMA. I’ve been interested in the maritime industry now for years and being that I’m going to be within a 15 minute drive of the academy the urge to attend is high! I’m a career changer having separated from military service. I have a clean slate and the means in which to go to school and find a new career.
It’s between becoming an airplane pilot and getting my ratings or attending the GLMA with a preference for the deck side since the GLMA engineering path is not ABET accredited. I know the maritime industry isn’t great right now and the future looks bleak, but the transportation industry in general seems to be pretty cyclic. Aviation is up and down as well.
Heard great things about the GLMA including receiving lakes pilotage. Is there still a place in the industry for hard chargers to move forward deck side? Is this a career you’d advise your own children and friends to stay away from? I love traveling and can’t imagine a job in a cubicle.