Hi, curious what the 2021 job market is looking like in regard to postions being offered/hiring entry level- either deckhand or engine crew, oceangoing vessels, west coast or east (Im willing to relocate if necessary). In your opinion are things improving for job seekers? (say, vs. six months ago, Covid lockdown craziness)
About me: 43 years old, no wife or kids, can relocate anywhere, seriously looking to make career change. I like the options and potential to advance if working as a merchant mariner longer term, particularly if working as an engineer/below decks (more skills to use if forced to seek work ashore vs. as a deckhand, yeah?)
Like many people- I’m still out of work due to the residual effect of Covid policies/previous lockdowns. Enough is enough. I want to work. 2021 is almost half over already…
I realize that I’m in a terrible position to be seeking a job as a merchant mariner with no certifications or experience employed at sea but doesn’t hurt to get informed and give it a shot.
I’ve lived and travelled overseas previously and am used to uncoventional jobs/shifts (vs. your typical 9-5 commuter types). I am comfortable being at sea, sailed a bit with my grandfather many years ago, like working with my hands, staying active, long periods away from home is not a problem at all- done it many times.
Getting training and certification at an academy is not an option for me- simply too expensive and too long of a commitment before being able to work. I’m still paying off other debt from years back and cannot take on more…
So this means an apprenticeship program at SIU might be my only option? (There is no age limit there) …or should I look into applying directly to MSC and head to Norfolk?
Any insight or tips greatly appreciated, thanks!