Joesph, I mean this in the kindest way possible.
I would be very pessimistic about hiring anyone only on the basis of a few classes
The primary reason is because learning
in a classroom, even with practical application of your new found knowledge, is far from the real world. Classroom learning
is mostly rote, real world is coorelation the highest level of learning.
Expect to start out at the bottom, doing repetitive menial but necessary duties. How fast you rise is up to you. Do not expect to splice my lines, not even a painter, nor stand the dogwatch until you have proven yourself. This even though you
know you can handle it. Paper creds mean nothing in a blow or a lee shore or shifting cargo at night, or even an easy docking
to the fuel dock
. Things happen, paper doesn't mean squat when they do.
I'm being brutal I know but there is reason and experience behind my words. I detect in your post that perhaps you believe several classes will lead to a good position. Could it be that you drank the Kool-Aid the school
was selling? (take this class, get a job) It will come but you will have to prove yourself every step even before you hit the gangway
As you haven't stated which classes, which way to go in the marine
industry, I also suggest starting in your local area. Seek out the yacht clubs or local water
taxi. Truly wish you the best but a class or two or three will not qualify you for a position without close supervision on a commercial
In aviation my rule
that helps me stay alive is to remember every pilot is trying to kill me. Unless proven otherwise, even then.... Marine
is like aviation, both involve possible life/death scenarios which come fast.