Can you tell us how you are set for money?
How long could you last living on your savings?
I’ll let the rest of the bunch here speak to the merchant marine careers, but I can say the yachting side of it is not an easy way to make much money.
Have you though of just moving to a port city and being a lawyer there at first and learning about boats and getting some qualifications in your spare time? I am 50 and can’t imagine doing all the entry level jobs in the marine industry now that I did back in the day. Low $$ and hard work is fun for teenagers. I am too old for that now.
You seem to be directed more at “yacht” type jobs than commercial shipping. I can tell you that there are a LOT of people with a LOT more than 2 years experience that would like to make a living running a boat. If you are essentially retiring and can finance your life for awhile, you could do the ASA courses <http://www.asa.com/index.html> and also get the USCG 6 pack or 100 ton ticket. If you are hanging around a sailing school enough and taking enough courses you will likely get offered some delivery trips to build up sea time and experience. You also can find “pay to play” deliveries where the “crew” are paying to be there. Given a GOOD skipper you can learn a lot on these. With a poor skipper you are just paying to be grunt labor. You might want to take a few weeks vacation and do a sailing class just to see if you even LIKE being out on the water. If you come to Annapolis, pay the $3 or so to ride around on the water taxis and talk to the skipppers. They seem to have fun, working here in the summer and going south to run boats someplace else after their seaon ends here.
[QUOTE=clever7981;133801]Hello, I apologize in advance if I posted this query in the wrong forum.
I am a 50 year-old, female lawyer in Phoenix, AZ with no maritime skills. None.
My dream job (hastened by a midlife reevaluation) is to work in the maritime industry. I do not want to practice law. My age is a huge detriment. Is it even remotely possible that I could retrain in 2-3 years either in school or at a company, and acquire enough knowledge to earn a living as a charter captain of a small boat or do something “nautical” at a large commercial shipping organization. I’m not naive enough to think I will captain a ship or be a harbor pilot, despite my desires. But is it possible to have a new maritime career at my age and where would I train or go to school?
Your honest advice is appreciated (I can only hope you are not laughing at me).