I am looking for advice from the people who have been doing this for a while. I recently separated from the service with about 6 years of sea time and recency. I went to school and got the following certifications. And also requested approval to test for 2nd assistant engineer based on my qualifications from my time in the service as recommended by the school. As of right now I am out of work and waiting for my credential from the MMC.
This is what i have certification in currently just no red book in hand yet…
QMED Unlicensed Junior Engineer/Electrician/FOWT
Vessel Security Officer
Medical Care Provider
Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch
Personal Survival Techniques
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
I am aware i am required to test for my license, but i plan to sail as a QMED to gain the experience in your industry as i know it operates much differently than the military. My question is while I have this 2 or 3 month wait on my credential are there some other certifications i should be trying to get right now? Also I am sure this is beating a dead horse but where is the best place to start as QMED? I am willing to work on most any platform, would just like to know what will help my career the most. I am open to all advice and opinions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.