I can understand you thinking I've disappeared, but it's not the case. I've been busy on this project
and more specifically visiting and speaking to as many Captains as possible in Sth France. I've been away from my laptop
I would like to thank everyone that replied for your comments thus far. Some conflicting opinions as well. From what I've discovered to date in talking to the pro's in the industry, it will need perseverance and dedication. What most captains want to see is someone with a mission. Predefined goals. They're looking for professional and serious individuals that are determined for the long term. Not young boat hoppers. They are fully prepared to invest alot of their time in training up these types that demonstrate a first class approach and know what they want to achieve. Some Captains I spoke to would gladly share their knowledge to help someone along a career path. Others, most notably the minority had other points of view that followed the classic route
. One other wouldnt give me the time of day. How does he belong in this industry I ask? Anyhow, most were of the opinion that it was worth a shot after listening to my story. I'll be headed to Antibes again next week for for research
doesnt seem to be the case in the med
congrats with your ticket. Thanks for your positive advice. I've checked them out.
Seriously man, if I was 20 I'd do it as you did it
that brilliant advice Rick, only that engineer
work is not my thing. I appreciated the career path options but in the end I have to make the most logical choice relative to my personal situation. Thanks
I dont have problem with starting out as a deckhand
. I have no intention of walking onto a yacht and straight into some officer role for example. You and I both know its not going to happen that way. So deckhand
it is, I just dont intend to stay there too for long.
i see your point of view but cannot agree. Your analagy is good but the correlation is wrong. I see it more like someone who has never driven a car in their life, decide to take a bunch of lessons, get a minimum of experience, pass the test and then go drive a rolls royce, not a F1 racing
car. There is a difference.
Thanks for your advice on the Fastracks.
Glad to hear that you have found what you enjoy. Thanks for your input.
Well, I'm one of those that has the 'nothing is impossible' attitude. Why should age be a factor. I'm 47 not 87. In my book i have another 30 good years of working professionally. As for the 20 somethings, I been there done that, I know how they think if its anything similar to the ski industry. Professionally, i think i can outsmart most of them.
Thank for your reply
Great shot Visco. Melbourne is my home town. Your journey must of been a great experience. Carna Tigers! Thank You
You are right Rebel. I do have some contacts, but I do need some key ones. I'm working on building a network right now. Back to the docks next week. It is after all, a numbers game
. So many refusals then then bingo, get a foot in the door. BTW, for me its not fly by night, I'm talking career change, not just looking for a job. Thanks for your comments.
Some good possibilities in your comments but doing this would maintain the seasonal aspect of the job. In this case havinh 2 home bases. One by the sea the other in the mountains. I want to set up base on the cote d'azur and work full time in the one industry, then develop it from there.
You shouldnt shoot people down in flames so prematurely. I have genuinely been busy but i can understand you coming to a foregone conclusion. I'm sorry for the delay.
Now here is someone sensible folks! You gave me the benefit of the doubt. Nice one Mark.
Yeah, you can certainly rough it as deckhand, but its the obligatory path to better things. I know I am going to have to get my hands dirty but I have an objective in my sights. After being used to management and responsibilites in my current
role, I will accept that I will need to take 2 steps back to leap alot further. BTW, I had a good look around the other day on the docks, there were no Brad Pitt or Baywatch bombshells in sight. Must of been an off day
I'll keep watching over this post with great interest and will respond to everyone of you in due course.
Have a nice day!