I figured post a message here. I consider myself a long time lurker of this website. I have been contemplating renewing my third mate license. I graduated from Mass Maritime in 2001. I live in New Hampshire. I worked for the former Exxon Shipping Co. aboard their oil tankers. I only lasted 2 years. The captain on my last tanker decided to fire me for being incompetent. After I was fired in 2003, I became super depressed and began to drink heavily, watch porn, etc.
Right now, I am working in a call center for a Boston-based insurance company. I take calls from customers regarding premium rate increases on their policies. It’s a shitty job. I work 9-5 and wear a headset all day. I get yelled at by people on the phone.
So, anyway, back to the question of renewing my license. Right now, my license is in a Continuity status. I’ve been thinking about renewing my license and submitting my resume to Vane Brothers to possibly work as an AB if that is at all possible. Does anybody know anything about Vane Brothers?
I know that renewing my license will cost about $4000. I’d have to renew my TWIC, get a medical check-up, fill out the application, take a BST class, take a Tankerman-PIC class (I had a PIC endorsement on my license), and take a 1-day Radar Renewal class and also take the “take-home” test.
What about the 2010 STCW amendments? I previously took the 5-day Vessel Security class. Would I have to take that again? Would I also need to take the ECDIS class and Leadership and Teamworking Skills class?
I’m just wondering if it’s worth it? I mean, I haven’t worked in the maritime industry since 2003. I’ve basically looking for work since 2003. I’ve worked a number of low-paying jobs such as call centers. I even worked in a warehouse sorting auto parts for 8 hours a day making $12/hour.
I figured I’d post this message to see what kind of responses I would get. Go easy on me. No cruel and harsh responses, please.
Maybe James Cavo will see my post and offer me some advice.
Thanks for reading my post.