I’ve recently been laid off from a technical job and, believe it or not, I’m happy to get a severance package and start a path to another career. Unfortunately though, I’m realizing that the comfortable living I made in the tech industry kept me occupied long enough that I didn’t put time into finding work that I found engaging (at least 75% of the time). So now, having hit my early 40’s, I’m considering riding out the recession in a maritime academy, getting some new skills, and starting a maritime career (yeah I know, I’m getting a late start). I’m drawn to water and the ocean, always have been, and a maritime career makes sense to me. I’m just wondering if I go through the time and money involved with a maritime academy if there’s a decent job outlook for me? From what I’ve read in career studies blurbs, the maritime industry is supposed to be growing, but the outlook from these forums doesn’t seem to jibe with that. I’d be grateful for any perspective. Thanks.