I am currently a 2/C Cadet at SUNY Maritime and I am thinking about working shoreside when I graduate. I plan to begin the International Transportation Management fast track program next semester and was wondering if anyone had any helpful insight on what would be a good sector of the industry to make a career in. I have thought about pursuing an MBA but I am not sure if that is the better route or if staying at SUNY will benefit my career in the business more. I am interested in Chartering and Marine Insurance and would prefer to work in Manhattan if possible. If anyone has advice on how to achieve these goals it would be appreciated. Thanks
I would suggest you keep an eye on the gCaptain job site as a job seeker. Potential TMS opportunities in different sectors open up frequently.
Try connecting with Brian Houst ('02) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-houst-4237a55/). He’s been in chartering at a number of different companies. Try not to lock yourself into a specific geographic area for a job. It really limits what’s available.
Regardless of your plans… never let that license lapse. Renew for continuity, keep that damn thing shelved for a rainy day.
Don’t be one of those dolts who goes through the trouble to get it for no damn reason.
Thanks for the advice. I am not against sailing at all and I have enjoyed my time at sea so far, it just seems very difficult to find a ship right now, I have debt to pay off, and I am trying to explore all options in order to get to work as quickly as possible in any sector of the industry.
Shipping, will pay off your debt the fastest.
Did you get a PIC? If you still have cadet sailing available to you, get on a tanker. You’ll get a job no problem.
Also, you’re a 2/c cadet…
Nothing wrong with that, but a lot can still happen between your 1/c cruise and graduation in 2020. Play it by ear and see what happens. Ask your mates on cruise what shipping is like, I’m sure a few of them sailed recently.