I used to serve as an ITO/AV tech on board a research vessel. I’ve had to return to shore life due to family commitments and no employer will hire me on experience alone.

Since August of 2018 I have had to unexpectedly leave my profession as an ITO/AV tech on board due to a family crisis.

Returning to shore life isn’t what I had planned. Looking for work in my field of expertise is impossible as no employer will hire me due to the fact that I don’t have the relevant qualifications needed, yet I have years of experience working at sea dealing with complex satellite communications systems, ship board electronics and electrical systems, AV/TVRO systems.. and the list goes on.

I’m not in a position financially to go on a course to get the pieces of paper needed to say that I know what I’m doing as I am responsible for my son and need to keep the money coming in. (Mortgage, utilities, food, nursery. etc..)

Has anyone reading this post been in a similar situation and what helped you get solvent again after returning to shore life unexpectedly?

I’m currently living in the UK and I live about an hour away from the coast in the Dorset area.

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!



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2 thoughts on “I used to serve as an ITO/AV tech on board a research vessel. I’ve had to return to shore life due to family commitments and no employer will hire me on experience alone.

  • May 10, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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    Probably not what you’re after but Sunseeker are literally on your doorstep at Poole. After all this Covid is over why don’t you try and get in contact with someone there? I work on one of their 40m range yachts and these a crawling with AV/IT systems that you could possibly get involved with?

    If not, Sunseeker also work with an AV/IT company called SES who have just been bought out by Wartsilla so they’re definitely going places.

    Hope this helps mate.

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  • May 10, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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    I believe Imarest do something where you can get professionally recognised/charted based on experience. Maybe worth a look.

    I’ve just started studying electronics via distant learning from teeside uni for the same reason of shoresides lack of flexibility when it comes to experienced based knowledge rather than qualifications. Something which is the norm offshore. Maybe worth a look when you’re in a better financial position.

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