I also posted this on the Maritime reddit, figured I’d post this here as well for more advice/guidance.
I put in my app for MSC entry level on Oct 25th, got a call/conditional offer 11/19 for the SU Fast Track position and leave for NEO on Jan 8th/9th, not sure yet. I originally wanted the Wiper position, but I’ll take what I can get to get my foot in the door. I have a couple of questions for people who’s familiar with MSC and such.
1: Would it be possible to switch positions later? I’m after the Wiper advancement path, I’m not saying I won’t do my job properly as an SU or anything, but I’m looking long term, career wise.
2: SRS, is this competitive? I wouldn’t mind getting this as well but my main issue is, I haven’t swam in ages and I won’t be able to practice while doing my duties as an SU. Is SRS like an endorsement per se? Like being an SU/Wiper/etc with SRS cert/endorse?
3: I’m trying to find the promotion path for SU and I’ve been just putting pieces together from the MSC site. The 2 paths I see is the logistics and culinary paths, unless I transfer to another department correct?
4: Overtime, is this something you have to ask for or are you given a limit of how much OT you can have per week?
5: For those that attended NEO, after NEO/training did you go straight to your ship? I’m trying to figure out what all I should bring, the email said you should pack as though you will be away from home for 4-6 months.
6: Any advice on what to bring? I plan on bringing my laptop/ipad with an external HDD with movies. Looking for more input from other people. I’m a little hesitant because I’m not sure if my stuff will be left in the open aboard the ship or we have our own rooms.
7: Can anyone recommend a good steel toe boot/shoes?
8: Any advice on benefits/insurance? I’ve been looking at BCBS Basic. I don’t go to the doctors hardly, maybe once every 3-5 years for a checkup and that’s about it.
I’m sure I have more questions, but these are the main ones for right now, any responses are appreciated.