Currently sailing for MSC as an deck officer. What is the best way to plan for an eventual transition to union/private sector work? Are there certain MSC/Navy certificates/trainings/ship experience that can make you more competitive/in demand for things like Patriot MMP gigs or AMO govt contracts? Are there things to stay away from that have no correlation in the private sector (rescue swimmer program, ammo ships, EPFs)? Better to move at 2nd mate or wait for the chief mate ticket?
Apologies for the block of questions, just a lot of things to take into account, hopefully there is some advice out there from more experienced folk who have made the jump.