[QUOTE=Matesvensk;123301]Yeah, it’s frustrating knowing that I’m fine, and they are the ultimate authority when it comes to a job. Do you know of companies that aren’t as strict? Or anyone who has had back problems and has gotten a job?
as far as Darren Hedley goes, do you know what he asks? And what is ssop? (I obviously don’t have it if I don’t know… But curious)
Thank you all[/QUOTE]
i think that MRIs are SOP at lots of drillers and big boat operators (but SOPs deviate or simply get bypassed when they desperately need a billet filled, licensed or not). what i observed just a few months ago was multiple new hires who had declared previous injuries and surgical repairs on their application still getting scan after scan at the imaging clinic. they were given a thumbs down or a “questionable” by clinic based on MRI, even though they were still working as roustabout, roughneck, etc. on land rigs. that eval went to company who told those specific individuals to get letter from surgeon who performed each and every surgery to vouch for the current condition of the former patient, or simply told them bye bye.
just imagine how difficult that can be if you moved, don’t keep good records, etc. i don’t think physicians these days are likely to vouch for your condition w/o a face to face apptmt.
after doing everything i could to schedule an interview w/Hedley at a time when i was not working (at the time working as mate on a car carrier), he insisted on calling me when i was standing watch on the last day of the US port rotation about 4 hrs before we sailed for the Suez. he couldn’t wait one more hour to let me call him at 1500 CST. the DPO trainee job was cancelled few days later.
ironically, i was offered a full DPO slot (even though no cert a few months back) by Ensco while i was waiting for ship assignment at what I believe to be a better company than Ensco. as much as i wanted to tell Ensco to f$&! off, i didn’t.
My current employer emailed me knowing I was at sea and gave me plenty of flexibility to call them from satellite phone, that’s a hell of a lot more than i can say for Darren Hedley. maybe if you are completely unemployed, sitting on the couch with a phone glued to your ear your schedule will work for Darren.
[B]Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP)[/B]