Hey guys. this seems like a dumb question, but I’m a software developer and 21 years old, but I don’t really like what I’m doing now and really don’t want to settle in it, so I’m looking to pivot while I’m still young enough. My dad is a medical officer on cruise liners and told me about maritime courses and being a deck officer (I think that’s what he called it) for the cruise liners. The thing is, I know next to nothing about it or where to begin finding out.
My dad asked a few people he worked with in the past about it and they said I would look into Maritime colleges and start there. but what course do I look at? and most importantly I live in South Africa with no money to leave the country whatsoever so I can’t study abroad unless there’s some service that will fund me getting there. And from what little I could find there doesn’t seem to be an institute in South Africa that provides that training.
from what I’ve heard so far it sounds like the stuff I’m interested in for my job and I’d love to explore more about it. Where do I start? what institutes to I look at? Is there some way of funding studying abroad?