Why did I choose this course:
Among the booming industries today in the Philippines came from the Seafarers legion. So choosing this course is the wisest thing I have ever done. My older brother chose this course also because of it's reputation of getting a well endowed future. During 2008 I have already considered choosing this course because based to what I have seen with my neighbors who are seafarers, they have a very comfortable life. They're earning a lot I would suspect because of the luxury that they are enjoying not to mention the status it give in the name of society- chief mate, captains, 2nd mate, high ranking professionals in the society. So after graduation in high school, that was 2009 I enrolled my self to this course. Even though my parents can't afford to give me this course, I strive hard to just to be enrolled to this. I have a determination and I want this course. I want to be successful in this field and I want to called a captain of a ship someday.
About my college education:
During my school here, JBLFMU-Arevalo teaches me to become more versatile in everything. Discipline is a core value. I have learned how to swim, crawl stroke, breast stroke, butterfly, and some swimming saving technique. I have learned how to maneuver and navigate ship, how to use the navigational equipment, how to solve navigational problems, time, distance and speed, how to measure the drops, familiarization of the different part and function of the ship, and many other.
My most favorite subject is Seamanship and Navigation because it helped me understand how to solve different actual problems that can be encountered during work. For some it is hard because it's more of calculation but for me I like it. I love solving problems like math.
I have learned how to socialized with my classmate. I also learned how to survive in case of emergency on board so that's the most important thing that this school have teaches me.
The exams are ok. Same with other universities I guess. Study so you pass because if not, then you'll have to embrace the failing grades. In my case I studied hard to pass those exams.
To become successful in this field, one must have disciplined and to accept the challenge of becoming a seafarer. Prayer is important because when your on-board, it is very lonely.
My current job:
I am seafarer. I am a deck cadet.
Am I using what I learned in college:
We have different practical, survival, basic safety, fire fighting and many more, so all of that are applicable today for my current job.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Yes. I recommend it in terms of opportunities because you can have a job with in 5 months.
Salary depends on the company. International companies pay higher compared to domestic one. A fresh graduate/deck cadet like me can earn Php 20-25,000. Pay gets higher once you take the board exam for higher rank as officer in charge.
A more experienced employee/officer in charge for us can earn Php 50,000 - 500,000. That's something that other courses can't provide. So BS Marine Transportation is recommended!
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Remember all the things that is being teaches to you during there in the university because all of that you will need once you are here in the actual work. Be brave! Grupo!
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