I’m looking to switch careers and join the US Merchant Marine. Ironically, for the last several years I have been shore staff at MSC’s CONUS HQ. I think the time has come to trade in a cubicle for a ship–either as an MSC CIVMAR or with a private company in some other capacity.
I have a background in electrical engineering, several years of solid engineering work experience, a TWIC and a bare-bones MMC. How should I approach this? How does the career progression work? Any advice? I know I can get picked up quickly somewhere as an OS, but is there a better route?