A few years ago I came out of school and landed a job with a coastwise tug & barge company. After 5 months of cleaning toilets as a deckhand and no sign of my superiors wanting to train me as a mate I bolted for a job I was qualified for, vowing to never go back to tugs. Next thing my career starts moving with a tanker company and now I am sailing as 2nd mate with a 1600Ton master license.
A few years later and now the long hitches are starting to take a toll on me. Now that I have experience and a 1600Ton Master, should I go back to inland Tug/barge or OSV’s or similar? I live in the Gulf Region. When I started out on Tug and barges I was surrounded by uneducated people who believed in “rite of passage” and basically did not train me because it seemed to me that I was a threat to their job, when the truth is I am just out for a job…not their job. Also, one Mate told me that I had it too easy and he believed you had to clean toilets…etc as deckhand for 2 years before being promoted, even though I had all the credentials. Is this the predominant attitude in the GOM?
For the most part my superiors at my tanker company(and ships in general) are well rounded, intelligent, and friendly who take you under their wing to train and promote. I have a bad feeling thats not the case with inland tug/barges and Supply vessels.
For those who have have knowledge regarding this please tell me I am wrong. I would like to make this jump but the bad experience from the past has me worried and I refuse to be treated like a POS. I treat my subordinates better than I treat myself…and in return they go the extra mile to help me when I need it.