I am 40 year old male that has until recently always worked and supported my family. The field I am in (the IT field) has gotten extremely flooded with competition willing to take half of what the salary requirements should be. I recently got laid off and am interested in a complete career change; I have found myself getting more and more interested in becoming a Merchant Marine.
I have the unfortunate disadvantage of hanging out and getting involved with the wrong type of friends at a young age. At the age of 18, I was arrested for drug possession and was incarcerated for a year. I completed my year and was released from parole early for good behavior. I have never been in trouble with the law before or since, and I have received a Certificate of Relief from the state of New York. This certificate allows my to hold just about any job other than Law Enforcement or Political office, I can even vote. I have worked in several positions that require background checks; a bank, juvenile detention homes, NY state psychiatric hospital, etc.
My question; will a previous drug felony that took place over 20 years ago at the age of 18 keep me from getting a job at sea. Also does anyone have a list of websites and especially phone numbers that I can use to get started?
Thanks to anyone who can help me with my questions. And please do not judge me for the mistakes made as a stupid youth.