Testimonials of BS in Marine Transportation Graduates from the Philippines

A. G.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2015

Why did I choose this course:
But what I really want is to travel and explore the world at the same time earning by doing it. And I think this is the course that suits for my dream. Also, with the motivation of my parents in accordance with my dreams, I was persuaded to study this particular course.

About my college education:
What I learned in this course is how you must behave as a Seafarer where you must practice Practical Seamanship involving the conduct of vessel from one place to another without causing injury to anybody. Also is the care for the vessel you are into because it is your 2nd home abroad for the Seafarers.

For me, I had some difficulty with Seamanship Subjects but I still managed to have a good grades with it. After all, it's my course and I must be proficient on it.

The attitudes and traits you must have for you to succeed in this course is Perseverance, Honesty, Respect, Loyalty, and above all.. DISCIPLINE, because it is a way of life for a Seafarer.

My current job:
Deck Cadet, a junior apprentice which is on board to practice and become a Future Deck Officer.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Before we graduate, Shipping companies were already taking cadets from our school to become part of their own, and fortunately I was one of those who had been taken.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
My advice is that "be yourself". No matter how many challenges you could encounter in studying this course, you must be patient and learn to overcome it. As the common quote says, "The Ship is safe at port, but the Ship is not built for that" therefore you must mold yourself for on the future you're voyaging the rough seas and exploring new places. You must be adaptable to any changes for you're not stationary to a certain place.
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R. T.
Studied Bachelor of Marine Transportation (slightly different course)
at Mindanao Polytechnic College , General Santos City
Graduated: 2008

Why did I choose this course:
I wanted to travel to so many places outside of the Philippines. This a course that help me go sailing to other foreign countries.

About my college education:
The apprenticeship after the 3rd year helped me get an actual trip to Far East Asia in a cargo ship of Magsaysay Lines, Inc.

There was not much studying of math in this course. The major is towards learning to be living and working in a ship.

The important trait here is to be obedient to the superiors and to be diligent in the daily work.

My current job:
I am working on a contractual basis for a cargo ship that travels in Far East Asia only. I am doing various jobs like cleaning, helping in the kitchen, or the laundry.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
In our school, right after the 3rd year, a student has to go on a 1-year actual apprenticeship in a vessel with pay by the flag carrier. Immediately after graduation, I had already a job waiting for me. The job was the same job I became an apprentice.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Marine Transportation:
I recommend this course although it does not pay much. My job pays U.S. $300 a month only. But if one continues further studies and takes the Board Exam for seafaring, then he would get paid much higher as an officer.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
For those desiring to take this course, it might be good only for those who have money for the officers’ course so that he be promoted to the rank of an officer.
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W. Z.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation major in Seamanship and Navigation
at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
For a youth like me who has a strong spirit of adventure and vigor to explore new horizons, it is a profession that offers countless of opportunities. To travel the world for free and earn a salary more than what can be earned on land is a great way to support my family, create a business that will help many people and serve the Philippines through remittances that further bolster the country's economic growth and stability. Seeing places also offers golden memories, long-lasting friendship with other nationalities onboard and ashore and life-changing experiences that makes one a better and stronger person. Seafaring also opens up a universe of opportunities in other fields. It is also a chance for me as a Filipino to show our good values, culture and our great potential to achieve greater heights as a people.

About my college education:
Lessons were taught in clear, precise and applicable to life situation manner. The books we've used and modern equipment at the university, have given us a clear perspective on the life onboard the ship. Examinations were administered in an orderly, easy and computer-checked manner. The semi-military culture of the university have instilled positive core values to attain progress and uphold dignity at work considering the uniqueness of the maritime profession which requires the highest degree of leadership, resilience, discipline and integrity. In my case, I've became part of the Norwegian Shipowners Association - Philippines Cadet Program with a 2-1-1 scheme. When I've went onboard as a deck cadet, which many have said as the most difficult part of our course, I've greatly appreciated the importance of my lessons and the way we were trained at the university. It has prepared and trained me to be competent and responsible in performing the tasks assigned to me. I was able to apply most of my learnings and earned the trust of my colleagues.

My current job:
I am a seafarer with an Officer-in-Charge of Navigational Watch (OIC-NW) license which I have recently passed. On the previous years, I have worked as a Deck Cadet. As the first step towards becoming a ship officer, a deck cadet trains in the fields of navigation, ship-handling and cargo handling and maritime law as well as oceanography, meteorology and marine engineering.

Currently, I am taking all my trainings to complete my Certificate of Competency (COC) which is a prerequisite to act as a Third Officer onboard the ship. The Third Officer, aside from conducting the ship safely at sea and cargo operations at port during his 0800H - 1200H / 2000H - 2400H watch, is also designated as the Safety Officer and is responsible for the periodical maintenance of all life saving and fire fighting equipment. He is also sometimes given the tasks in updating statutory documents of the ship required by authorities of different countries. The third officer has special responsibilities to keep the ship, the people on board and the environment safe. This includes keeping the ship seaworthy during fire and loss of stability, and providing aid and maintaining safety during man overboard, abandoning ship, and medical emergencies. Understanding ship's stability, trim, stress, and the basics of ship's construction is a key to keeping a ship seaworthy.

The third officer must know what to do in cases of flooding and loss of buoyancy and must be expert in the use of survival craft and rescue boats, their launching appliances and arrangements, and their equipment including radio life-saving appliances, satellite Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs), Search and Rescue Radar Transponder (SARTs), immersion suits and thermal protective aids. In case it is necessary to abandon ship, it is important to be expert in the techniques for survival at sea techniques. He is also trained to perform medical tasks and to follow instructions given by Radio Medical Advice Center ashore or obtained from guides which includes what to do in case of common shipboard accidents and illnesses.

Am I using what I learned in college:
When I've went onboard as a deck cadet, which many have said as the most difficult part of our course, I've greatly appreciated the importance of my lessons and the way we were trained at the university. It has prepared and trained me to be competent and responsible in performing the tasks assigned to me. I was able to apply most of my learnings and earned the trust of my colleagues. With the lessons which has been taught to me and the good values, discipline, resilience and integrity, I've surpassed the challenges and exceeded the expectations. Until now, I continue to put all the lessons and values I have learned in my heart for I know that these will take me farther in this profession and to whatever I will venture tomorrow.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It did not took me a difficult time finding an employment after graduation. With the strong linkages and outstanding performance of JBLFMU and increasing demand of maritime manpower, many shipping companies and organizations select their cadets before the start of freshmen classes. Taking a series of written and computer-based examinations and interviews, armed with robust commitment to enter the seafaring profession, I became a part of Norwegian Shipowners Association - Philippines Cadet Program with a 2-1-1 scheme (two years academic studies, one year cadetship onboard the ship and another year for academic studies).

I did not spend even a single centavo for my tuition and miscellaneous fees during my two years at the university, I was able to board a worldwide seagoing vessel during my third year to where I have saved enough for my senior year. After graduation, I've taken the examination for my license and the company continued to offer me employment.

For cadets who were not part of company programs, many of them were easily hired by companies after graduation. JBLFMU has linkages that include 165 shipping companies, both international and domestic that makes it a force in the maritime industry as a provider of excellent seafarers worldwide. With the growing demand of seafarers from foreign companies which prefers Filipinos for the quality and excellence in performing their duties and responsibilities, it is not really hard to obtain a job. They key is to invest well in learning their lessons, both theoretically and practical.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT), Major in Navigation and Seamanship:
I strongly recommend this course to the youth mainly because of employment opportunities and possibilities that it could offer. Filipino seafarers account for 30% of all seafarers deployed in the international shipping and it continues to grow as more foreign companies choose Filipinos to man their vessels.

The salary is competitive, higher than those of land-based jobs and at par or even higher with those of managerial jobs. Some companies even offer basic salaries to their officers when in vacation. Seeing the world for free, gaining friends, learning other cultures and showing to the world what Filipinos can do and achieve makes the profession even more rewarding.

The seafaring profession may be very difficult in the beginning, but because I have taken it romantically and I have been thoroughly honed and I know that God is always with me, there is no challenge that I can overcome. What makes me love and be proud of my profession is the fact that seafaring is very crucial in the existence of the global economy and it's continuous growth and accounts only for 3% of greenhouse gas emission. To serve our family, the Philippines and the global population, is more than enough for me to call this profession noble and fulfilling.
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A. C.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy , Dagupan City
Graduated: 2006

Why did I choose this course:
Choosing right course is very difficult. I enrolled bs nursing in one of top universities in manila because I want to become a doctor someday. However my tatay (father) talked to me that he cant afford the tuition fees miscellanoeus fees etc. Because my father is just a farmer and fisherman, he chose and I decided to enroll bs marine transportation or in other words seafaring course. This course is always in demand and it help alots of hopeless young youth. I'm saying that you can study this course with low tuition fees, very easy to study the major subjects, and after school you can work at once.

About my college education:
I've learned a lot most especially maritime business.
All of my major subjects like oceanography meteorology etc are difficult.
Most useful is navigation.
Exams are not difficult. Of course if you study well there's no difficulties.
Self discipline and time management there's a lot time to consume in order to achieve the diploma.

My current job:
I'm a second mate officer, I'm working as navigator, safety security officer, pharmacist, ship doctor, accountant.. I'm working at bulk cargo ships and it goes to Japan, Australia, Canada.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Of course I've learned how to handle the ship smoothly and how to operate the ship in environmental way.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Just a couple of months. I worked as apprentice for 18 months..

Do I recommend studying BS Marine transportation:
Now a days seafaring is very in demand. In this career the job will find you. As you know Philippines is the world seafaring capital of the world.

As a starter you will earn 300 usd per month but if you will become captain you will be earning 10,000 usd.

Indeed it is very interesting because you're not just travelling for free and earning very easy. But you will be apart of one of the bridge of the success of our nation.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Bs marine transportation is not a difficult course to pass. Yes it requires money in order to enroll the course. But for now many shipping agencies have scholarships and upon graduation the scholars will automatically work on shipping agencies
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D. E.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

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:
5 months.

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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P. L.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at St.Therese College , San Carlos City
Graduated: 1997

Why did I choose this course:
Because I wanted to see the world. When you are a seaman you will have a benefit of seeing the world for free.

About my college education:
When taking up a BS in Marine Transportation, you must be ready to be away from your family. There are few students who quit, not because they don't like the course, but because of some financial problems. Being an apprentice is enjoyable but there are times you want to be home.

My current job:
I am unemployed right now, I quit working from my shipping company for about 2 years already.
I am planning to have a simple business using my hard earned money when I was on board.

Am I using what I learned in college:
All that I learned from my college life was very useful. Training from school is the one that bring me an employment. Apprentice training is also knowledgeable for me to pass the exam when you are applying for a job.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
When I finished my apprentice, I worked in an inter island shipping company for 2 years. After that I was employed by an international shipping company for 5 years.

Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Yes, being a seaman, you are earning enough for a living. The salary of a seaman is very good, because you are earning more than an ordinary employee.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Be prepared to leave your family for a year or months because it is the nature of being a seaman. Sacrifices when you are away from home but remember that what you are doing is for the sake of your love ones.
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K. S.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
It is because the salary is so big that is why I have chosen this course. Many Filipino seafarers are needed today by shipping industries.

About my college education:
We learned Seamanship, Marlaw, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Celestial Navigation, Marcom. All maritime studies. Swimming skills, plotting, familiarization of ships parts and function, and uses of machinery. Everything is useful.

The most difficult is Physics, it's more of equations and formulas. We have physics because some us will be boarding some chemical tanker ship so so we need to have knowledge and ideas about it.

Exams are hard but I passed so everyone can pass it. I advise to love your course and study it hard so once you are already on actual work, you'll already knowledgeable and can do the proper action.

My current job:
I am a deck cadet and preparing to go on-board.
I am just waiting for the formal line up and schedule so I will be joining the ship.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I learned how to navigate the ship and be aware of it's part and function. We have also problem solving like calculating the distance. We put it also in the plotting paper.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
10 months

Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Recommended. Seaman today are rich because of large salaries. Many opportunities also if you are a graduate of maritime field. You can go to naval service and be a navy sailor if you cant find any company.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Love your work. Be industrious and polite because you'll be joining other crew nationalities on board. Trust yourself and be brave. Study every details about seamanship because it the only foundation that you can grips on in times of hardship.
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A. E.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation - Bacolod , Bacolod City
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
I chose this course for it is my dream to be a Captain someday, to man my own ship. For I believed that I can really handle this kind of profession, and aside of travelling the world for free and earn a big salary, it is also a test of my independence, if I am independent enough to be far from my family and loved ones. And for the reason that I want to help my family. I want to give them a better life that they deserves to have.


About my college education:
I learned a lot if things in this course. Mathematics is always present. And also the most important is English. For we are working abroad so we need to speak English at all time. I think the most difficult subject is Navigation. A lot of things you need to study. In short it is the art and science of navigating a ship safely. How can you determine your position if the equipment break down? In that case you can apply what you learned in that subject through using celestial bodies like stars planets moon etc for solving your position. It was really hard I can say, but I passed it as long as you have the courage and believe in your self.

My current job:
I am a fresh graduate.
But I am now taking my Cadetship training to get on board the ship in my company, which is a placement that I pass during my school in John.B Lacson.

Am I using what I learned in college:
In my case the subjects and the lessons that I have learned during my college are the subjects that my company teaching on us right now. And it makes it easy to do my training.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Before I graduated I have already a company to work for.

Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
In terms of salary, a fresh graduate, what we call a Cadet, will earned 20k+ a month. But if you have the rank, let say you are a Captain you will earned half a million a month.
And on-board the ship all is free, so you can get your salary in full.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Focus, that the only thing you need to do to surpass this kind of profession. Love your course and have a determination.
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C. R.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
My father is also a seafarer so he chose this course for me. I personally liked it to because based on my fathers' situation, we are well of and we have everything that we want. He also used to tell and brag us about the different places that he have visited for being a seafarer. So those stories serves as an inspiration for me wanting this course.

About my college education:
The study in this school is not boring. I liked the lesson very much because I see my father as an inspiration. The subject most difficult for me was math. I liked the p.e. because I have high grades in swimming. I learn many things especially seaman work like making different kinds of ropes, plotting, and we have real practical in our p.e. Outside the school in the open sea for boat rowing and boat sailing.

The exams are difficult sometimes. Sometimes easy. So far I did not fail my subject.

I think being study hard is important in this course because you can graduate. You don't need to be so intelligent as long as you study your lesson then it will make you graduate.

My current job:
I am a deck cadet in Cargo Safeway Inc. and I am on board now.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Many. The lesson in our school is very applicable here like plotting, how to use radar, how to solve the distance of the ship, time also and speed. Swimming also and we have drilling every week for emergency.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It almost 8 months.

Do I recommend studying BS in Marine Transportation:
Yes. I recommend it. Big money and you work abroad. You also visit beautiful places all over the world.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Follow your dreams. Try and try until you succeed. And goodluck!
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F. A.
Studied BS in Marine Transportation
at JBLFMU-Arevalo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
Dreaming to sail on a large vessel, travel the world for free, to get along with other nationalities and most especially this is the way I could help my parents from poverty.

About my college education:
I learned how to vessel works and how it can manage to go from one place to another safely. For me Physics was the most difficult. Useful things I learned is on how to prepare your self for your future as seafarer.

Exams are not difficult if you will study and listened to your instructors. One main reason why students are eager to learn and most of them pass the examinations, not only because of the instructors but the subject itself.

One thing I learned from this profession, when you became a seafarer you need not to be smart, you need not to be good in English as long as you know how to deal with other people then you will reach your dream.

My current job:
Seafarer

Am I using what I learned in college:
To be nice to other people. Accept the reality of life. And Safety is the first Priority

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I was accepted in one of the biggest shipping lines in the world before I graduated.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Being a Seafarer and working on-board is not that easy. Apply what you have Learned in school because I know since 1st year to 3rd year they're preparing you already to become competent seafarers and to get ready with your self to face the hardest part of your life.

Homesick is one of the biggest problem that you will encounter but when time passed you will say that you have the best job in the world.
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