[QUOTE=Kennebec Captain;157556]There is a risk of a slowdown in hiring coinciding with the time you graduate.
The other thing, not a word about being a sea-going professional. I don’t like sailing with crew who’s goal is to squeeze every last nickel possible out of the operation. Who wants to sail with someone hoping the engine is going to swallow an exhaust valve because according to their excel spreadsheet that’s a gain of $800 OT? If the money grubbers are not on excel then they are on the cell phone juggling bills to stay solvent or in the captain’s office asking why the direct deposit hasn’t’ hit their account after 8 hours.
I’d rather have officers that can take the long view. Of course money is important but if the focus is on professional development and looking out for the ship the money will follow. If your only worry is your debt you can’t do that.[/QUOTE]
I am sorry but this has to be some of the weirdest most paranoid reasoning I have ever heard. Some of the BEST people I have worked with were into debt up to their ears. Thats just how they managed their money. Yes, some always wan overtime and some don’t. On the contrary some of the BEST people I have worked with had more than $ enough to retire at a young age and were still money hungry for every ounce of overtime they could get. Again, I don’t mean to offend you but your prospective on an officer wanting or causing bad things to the operation because they want overtime is a bit paranoid. What if you had a guy who didn’t care about overtime and didn’t take it when needed or was just very complacent…
Finally, I haven’t met many (if any at all) mariners that show up to watch absolutely thrilled everyday and who are there because their love of moving commercial cargo from point a to point b. Don’t get me wrong I can’t ever picture myself doing anything else. However, if $20 million suddenly showed up in my account you wouldn’t catch me at sea on a commercial ship. We are all there for the same reason at the end of the day. How much debt we are in shouldn’t bear much on how professionally each mariner approaches his/her job.