Why did I choose this course:
1st - Peer Pressure. Everyone just kept talking about the course so I kept it into consideration.
2nd - Choice. I begun to admire the status of the products. So, it becomes my personal choice after Chemical Engineering.
3rd. Practicability - Sometimes personal choice isn't good enough to choose. We need to put in mind, where and who am I after I graduated?
About my college education:
I am a cadet of a Norwegian Scholarship, thus, I am not following the normal 3 - 1 scheme (3 years in college and 1 year apprenticeship). I am in a 2 - 1 - 1 scheme which means I spent 2 years in college 1 year in an international vessel and 1 year again in school for the BS degree as required by CHED. At first it is difficult to maintain both physical training and academics. But, as days went by things were just becoming routines.
For regular students, Discipline is the thing you need the most. What is taught in school is of a great help on board a vessel as per my experience. You don't need to be a Magna Cum Laude, you don't need to memorize a Fibonacci Sequence just to be a world-class seafarer. Perseverance, Leadership, Education, Discipline, Godliness, Equality as stated in the school's core values when attained by one's self, success is just by his hand.
My current job:
Now, I am reviewing for my board exam.
During my apprenticeship, I worked as a Deck Cadet on board an international vessel. I assisted my officers in their daily works. For Deck Works I do painting and other routine works. But for the rest of my stay for 12 months I was mostly assigned in works of an officer. Because that's what I'm trained to be. I earned about 564 dollars a month as an apprentice.
Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes. Most of it. Especially those are taught during simulation classes about the rules of the road to avoid collision. I've used it to the maximum during duties where I am assigned to navigate the ship.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I was already ensured for a job since when I was in first year college. I was chosen by a company.
Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Employment Opportunities. YES. Even you're not a scholar, the international maritime industry prefers Filipinos because our hard work on board their vessels. If not mistaken, 35,000 Filipinos every year are hired on board vessels of international registry.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Don't just think of a course because it is where most of your friends are. Don't just think of going to John B. Lacson and take up BSMT just because rumors are overwhelming about us.
Do Think of a course you like or you will like but is practicable enough to make you someone you deserve in the future.
In here you don't need to be an Einstein. In BSMT you just need to be a normal person that has the passion for a maritime-related field of work.
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