Hey everybody. So as the title says I’ve been having a tough time finding a job with a tug company with only my OS. I’ve applied to a handful of companies with very little or no response back. The most promising response was Vane Bros back in November where they said they’d put me in the list of applicants and call me if management has an opening and approves my application. For reference I’m pretty much green, I have a lot of recreational boating experience, I worked at a marina for a long time and learned a lot of electrical, plumbing and carpentry skills there, and helped out as a relief deckhand on a survey boat. When I turned down a full time job with them because of low pay, I ended up in an office job in the healthcare field and after just shy of 2 years here I know for certain I’m tired of it, and I miss working hard and being challenged. Without going back to school I’m pretty much stuck where I’m at and raises are almost non existent here.
So I’m decided I’m going to go back to working on a tug, and I’d love to get some opinions from some more experienced guys. I see my options as keep pounding out applications and hopefully get a company to take me on, go back to the company that I did the temporary deckhand job with and see if I can go back there and take a significant pay cut, or try one of the vocational programs, mainly either Piney Point or MITAGS maritime apprentice program. I’m trying to find out more info on the MITAGS program if anyone had info on possible cost, stipend, and any other info about the program that would seem helpful, as I’m leaning towards that route. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.