[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;128720]If you’re in college and want to go to sea why didn’t you just look into a maritime academy? There are 6 of them and while they are excellent educational institutions they’re hardly Harvard or Yale, the acceptance rates are fairly high. I’m sure you would have no problem getting into at least one of them. Was it the idea of the regiment that turned you off? If that’s the case then go to Maine Maritime and get your 1600-ton Mate in 4 years with no regiment at all. Don’t ever think that there’s no hope of starting a career in the maritime industry. Unless you’re decrepit and can’t pass a USCG physical then there is always a chance.
With this recent petroleum boom things are looking better every day and there are companies advertising for jobs all the time. You say you want to go “deep sea” so I assume you want to work on a big tanker or containership or something. I understand that desire but since there are only ~100 of those ships left in the American register, I would not rule out working on an ATB, which is the next best thing to an unlimited-tonnage tanker. Don’t forget that the gulf is always booming. It’s not deep-sea but it’s still a job and you can always move up or move out once you get your foot in the door. Claudette L. Pitre (A Chateau on the Bayou) just said the other day that Chouest is looking to hire 700 people in the near future.[/QUOTE]
I am still hesitant as to how far I am willing to take it. I understand I’m probably on the wrong forum for this sort of question, as by nature many people on here are going to be pursuing this as a career and a living, so I should better articulate my position.
I came here looking to do this as a temporary job. I’m wrapping up my transferable credits in community college right now, and need a temporary job to both save up for college and support my widowed mom. The pay for a job as an OS looked decent, but most of all it appeared to be an incredibly interesting job, despite whatever regiment or manual labor is required.
I’m naive in regards to this, if you cannot tell. I’m in my early 20s, I have years to spare, and was hoping to spend a couple of them doing something exciting without much lifetime commitment, earning some money to put towards college and my family in the meantime.
I was just hoping some folks with relevant knowledge would be able to tell me the best way to get started in that regard. If somewhere along the line, pursuing it as a career does become my primary commitment, I would have my transferable credits still, and would apply to CSUM.