Why did I choose this course:
I chose this course because I want to be captain of the ship someday. I want to travel the world and earn big money. And the course is easy compared to other.
About my college education:
I have learn to be a seaman. The skills and discipline. I have learned to calculate time, speed, and distance of the ship, proper handling of maneuvering equipment, navigational problems, parts and function of the ship, some technical knowledge about seafaring work actually. Basic learning of swimming, survival on seas and also we have certificate for some practical like fire fighting and basic safety training.
For me the most difficult is seamanship and physics. These are math related subject whereas if you don't study hard, you will probably fails. Not to mention both subject have strict teachers compares to the some.
The most useful thing that I learn is being discipline and being reliable with just myself. Off course you need help from others but unless you're not helping your self like studying hard, you will not succeed. Swimming is also important that I learned because you can use it everywhere and in time of trouble.
The exams were ok. Just study hard. Not everyone can pass it if they study. But some have failed too because they didn't study hard. I have no classmate that shifted to other courses. This is course is the best of all so why should we shift and our parents have already invested more money on this.
Being disciplined is important. That's what the school is about. To have a discipline and have a competitive seafaring skills that meets the international expectation. Also you should be brave and hard working. Resourceful and be good to your fellow seaman inside the ship. Study hard also because after the learning inside the school comes the actual lessons outside your university. Be courteous also so that your seniors will like you.
My current job:
I am right now working as office cadet.
This is part of my on the job training before the actual on-board in my company.
I get salary for this as an OJT. And the next month I will be waiting for the companies line up so that I can finally board on ship.
Am I using what I learned in college:
The learning that I have learned from school that are very useful for my job right now are practicum for boat sailing in actual sea, swimming, usage of navigational equipment, basic safety and survival, and boat rowing in the sea, technical English that I used doing office work as a office cadet.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I actually rested and do the things I like for a year before I looked for the job.
Within 7 months I have already many companies, because I applied for every company that I can find thus giving me many option to chose from. But I was looking for a sure one, that gives a higher pay and great benefits. So finally I got this company.
Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Yes. I recommend it. High salary. Great benefits and the priviledges to work abroad and to tour around the world. Also meeting beautiful ladies everywhere.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
My advice is to study hard and never stop learning. Never stop dreaming because someday you will become the captain of your ship.
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