Careers at sea in the Merchant Navy
SummaryThe purpose of this Career Section is to give visitors to the WA website an insight into the career possibilities in the maritime industry. The opportunities in the maritime sector are not well understood and this website gives students and practitioners alike a taste of what is possible and provides simple direction as to how they can find out more on career opportunities.
It will not necessarily provide solutions to specific problems or aspirations but the intention is that it will offer useful direction for those who wish to research further.
The Section is divided into three basic elements and only deals with the opportunities arising in the UK. In time it is hoped that a wider international perspective can be developed to incorporate opportunities in other countries.
Jobs ashoreThe transition from sea staff to shore staff is probably the most difficult period for the mariner. It invariably means a drop in seniority and probably a drop in salary - both of which can be quite traumatic.
As a general rule, the higher the qualification and/or command experience the easier it is to find fulfilling job opportunities ashore. The fact is that the maritime industry is always on the look out for bright men and women with sea going experience. Once again the Merchant Navy Training Board website is a good place to start.