So title of the thread is basically the question. I’m wondering if it’s worth it to go get an entry level deck job before deciding on ultimately if this is a world I could see myself (31 year old bachelor career changer) in and then pursue the academy route (I already have a bachelors degree) to get a 3rd mate unlimited license (I have 0 interest in engineering)?
To expand on that question basically I’ve read what feels like everybody’s firsthand experience with working in the field from the goods to the bads, have watched countless hours of videos of deck officers and what their work life was like, and have even been able to speak to a kind stranger in the industry who was able to give me insight into the world of a deck officer in the shipping world. As far as I can tell the work to me sounds like something I could see myself doing, but I can’t help but shake this feeling that what if the realities of being on a ship are nothing like I am imagining and ultimately I can’t tolerate what are major parts of it such as the being away for months at a time and working every single day without a break. Those are probably the 2 biggest nagging voices in the back of my head that say why I may not like this field even though I’m a bachelor without any real obligations on land, and I like to think I have the personality type to be fine away from my extended family and friends for months on end.
If I were to approach this career as logically as possible I’d think it wise to go about an entry level position first, but also if I’m being completely honest not sure what it entails to become qualified for an entry level position beyond that which is already required to work any position on a ship. Would all it take to be qualified for an entry level be whats required anyways if I was to go to an academy, so if I were to try it out first it’s not really a waste of time and resources? Or would my efforts just be better spent by taking that leap of faith and just going for the academy. I like to think I know exactly what I’d be getting myself into, but watching videos and reading other peoples experiences is no match compared to getting out there and feeling it all for oneself.
If anyone has thoughtful input I’d greatly appreciate it, and if they are willing to talk to me either through messages or even over the phone I would always be appreciative to get an experienced persons perspective to figure out which path I should take.
Thanks for reading and any help!