It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something in the forum here - thought I’d open up another discussion. I’m a Mass Maritime grad. Graduated with a third mate ticket. Sailed on tankers on the West Coast for about 2 yrs, then left the industry. I’ve worked various jobs since then - call centers, trucking industry, etc. I now find myself working in a call center again (for an insurance company). Working in a call center can be stressful at times just like any other job. The best aspect to the job is that it is 9-5. Work and then go home for the day, eat dinner, have some cocktails and have a few more cocktails then go to bed and then do it all over again the next day. I work with a lot of newly-minted college grads. I also work with a ton of women, too - single, married, etc. Call centers typically have a high turnover rate, too. People coming and going as it is difficult to deal with people who are frustrated and get mad at you. Nobody likes insurance companies and banks, right?
Anyway, I’m now at a point in my life where I’m - once again - trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’ve always noticed (over the years) a lot of interesting maritime jobs in the Stamford, Ct and NYC area. I’ve always wondered why a lot of companies are in Stamford, Ct. and not located in other places like Portsmouth, NH? (I live near Portsmouth and have always liked the area.) I’ve heard Stamford is kind of a dump in some parts. I’ve been there a few times myself and actually worked in Stamford for several months and ended up going back to NH because I just wasn’t comfortable with the area. Just seemed dirty, dumpy and congested. I guess if you grew up in a rural country setting and then are suddenly thrusted into an environment that is a world away from what you’ve been familiar with for a long time it can be daunting. Change is always tough, but change can be good in some ways.
Anybody have any experience working/living in the Stamford area? Do you like it? Did you like it? Seen many companies like Pacific Basin Shipping, D’Amico Shipping, Clipper Group, J Lauritzen post some interesting jobs over the years. I’ve applied for a few of them, but never got any response. I don’t think I was qualified for the jobs, anyway, but figured I’d apply to see if I’d get a response.
I’m nearing 40 yrs old and thinking that any prospect of going back into the maritime industry is well…bleak - because of my work experience.
I’ve seen many postings over the years for vessel operators, vessel operations, etc. These jobs seem really tough. Many of them require you to be available on-call 24/7. How are you supposed to sleep? I don’t get how some people are able to do some of these jobs. I’ve had experience taking phone calls in the middle of the night while trying to sleep when I once worked as a truck dispatcher. Wasn’t my cup 'o tea getting interrupted sleep.
Thinking that it might be better to try to working on myself - getting a girlfriend, etc. I have found through my work and life experience that - for some people - it depends on who you are. Even though I went to a maritime academy, I quickly discovered that I wasn’t cut out for it. Working as a ship’s officer is a tremendous responsibility.