Why did I choose this course:
I have chosen this course because of the probability of a good scholarship and an ensured employment.
About my college education:
Marine transportation is a course for those who someday would want to be captains of a ship. Simple language would say that you will work on the deck of the ship, not with the engines.
In this course we have two major subjects namely Navigation and Seamanship. Navigation is more on calculation. We are taught how to calculate distances across the seas using different tools and formulas. We are also taught how to pinpoint your geographical location on the globe using heavenly bodies (sun, stars, moon). The rules of the road are also taught as well as the Laws of the sea in accordance to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the United Nations.
With Seamanship, the disciplines of a good seafarer is practiced. It is more on the behavior of the ship, cargo handling, maintenance, and maneuvering. We are taught how the ship would move on the water at different depths, how to do proper paint application, we are taught how and where to place the cargoes on the ship, and we are given techniques on how to stir the ship.
Regular students will be graduating as Associate graduates from the school and will leave the school to find their own way to the companies that will hire you as a deck cadet (trainee).
If you are persevered and had a shipping company, you will be an undergraduate student who will be on a ship on the 3rd year. There will be an allowance as you stay on a ship, this depends of course to the company you are in. You will then comeback on your fourth year to finish school and chances are, as you graduate, you will be absorbed by the company you have served with. Upon completion of the requirements then you will have acquired a BS MT diploma.
This is not an easy job. The ship and the sea requires a truck load of patience, hard work, perseverance, and courage. There are some things to do that you need to get dirty, use all your muscles and most of all your brain in analyzing situations. You need to be socially active to promote camaraderie to your work mates for every single day of you life, you will be boxed on a ship and you will see each other, work together throughout your contract.
Compared to engineering Maths, this course would look simple. But on a ship, on a multi-million dollar worth of vehicle and cargo carried that you are driving, every decision you make is worth a lot of money and the lives of your colleagues. Our subjects are complicated, but you need to know everything, health, environment, laws, physics, chemistry, math, analogy, social responsibility, etc. All because of what is at stake, life and money.
My current job:
I am currently an officer trainee.
I have taken the exams for my license as a Officer in charge of a Navigational Watch. I will be learning the job of a 3rd Officer which is the maintenance of safety equipment on board, having a navigational watch and a deck watch (a watch during the loading/ unloading of cargo). If my superiors deem me worthy I will be recommended for a promotion to 3rd Officer.
Am I using what I learned in college:
In great honesty, almost half of what I learned in school is rendered useless. Only the basics are learned in school: theories, origins, history, simple application. This is why the apprenticeship (OJT) is a very crucial part of your education. This is where you learn all the practicalities, new techniques, new equipment and the actual dealing with people and their different personalities.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Since I was a company sponsored scholar, after graduation, the office helped us financially with the board exams and absorbed us after completion of required documents for a seafarer.
Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Yes. If a person has a drive for success and he works hard, his chances in this industry is big. The entry on the companies will be the most difficult as to this requires patience, money and good attitude. But once you're in, the opportunities would present itself.
If you are accepted as a trainee on an internationally trading ship, you would get about php 22000 or more, depending on the company. Plus you will be visiting different places. One challenge though, "can you handle the home sickness and the waves of the sea?"
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If you want to take this course, I suggest you ace the entrance exams and apply for a company sponsored scholarship, to ensure your future employment. You will need money for the additional training.
Your health should be in great standing. This course will test your will and your purpose. The job is never easy. As my teaches says, as your board your ship one of your foot is already on a grave.
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