Recently I have become extremely interested in obtaining employment in the maritime industry. I am in the very early stages of research. Currently I am waiting on my passport so that I can obtain my TWIC and move on to getting my MMC and STCW 95 certification.
I have contacted an uncle of mine who is a Captain in the MM (which ship and with which company, I have no idea) to try and receive some advice, but he is extremely slow at answering emails. So, I found myself here today and figured I would ask a few questions.
My main concern at this time is on obtaining an entry level OS or Wiper position with no sea time or experience what-so-ever. My highest level of education is 2 years of technical school in automotive technology. From the accounts I have read around the internet, I have found many stories of people applying to companies for months and not finding a single position. Is this very common? I do not mind putting in the hard work and time of searching for a job, but hearing things such as this is a bit discouraging from the very start.
As a side note, I have heard that a day of “sea time” is defined by 4 or more hours out on a boat at a time. Do days working on a boat without a MMC count? I live 15 minutes from the New Jersey shore, and have been thinking about trying to find a job on a boat for the summer. If this experience would count toward sea time, does anyone have any advice on how to go about obtaining employment in this manner? Should I just hit the docks and ask around, or is there any other routes?
I thank everyone in advance for any advice they may be able to provide to a somewhat lost, complete newbie.