Hello everybody, naval architect from Italy here.
I 'm 30yo, I hold a Master+phd in naval architecture/marine eng. (here we don’t made distinction between the two). I’ve been working for a year in a well known shipping company in my country. I’m in the technical office-new building, we work both on the tech aspects of our fleet (maintenance, renowation, docks, bureaucracy…) and in the new buildings ( project definition, negotiations with the shipyard, drawings approval, construction surveillance …). So every day is different from the previous, a lot of work, much travel, long hours and pressure.
The downside is that the pay is crap, literally. My gross salary is 21k per year, and all my eng. colleagues are under 30k per year. This is my country can be obtained by every clerk or shop assistant, with a less demanding job. It’s frustratingshowbox
Really, the stress, the anxiety, to be far from home, sometimes for months, it’s not worth. I’m planning either to change career altogether or to give a try, maybe abroad.