5 thoughts on “Seafarers of Reddit, at what point you decided to switch to a shore job, what opportunities did you find and how has it worked out for you.

  • July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    After 20 years I decided to retire, it’s working out quite fine.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Im two years out of school, I have decided I need to switch to a shore side job. My plan is to act on this decision in 6 years time, either aiming towards pilotage, some sort of safety/port captain job, or a change of scenery entirely into a different industry.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Of my friends that have gone ashore one went into logistics and has gone on to be an office manager. One retrained to be a database programmer. A few moved to their company offices to look after operations, safety, policy, and ism stuff. One bought a digger and started a business. One or two went into cargo planning. And a couple became pilots.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Engineer? Field service.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    I had sailed for 10 years, had a senior level deck license, and a wife and two kids at home. The second kid was the deciding factor in the end. Age was also a consideration – I felt I had to either commit to sailing or get ashore early enough to have time and opportunity to start learning new skills. That said, I first started planning the move about 5 years prior when I decided to make the jump from tugs to blue water to upgrade my license and get broader, more valuable experience.

    In all honesty, dumb luck was also a factor and the blue water job I got was sailing with a major charterer and oil major. Sailed for 5 years with them, then was offered a shoreside opportunity several years ago. I’m an operations/technical/risk advisor now and enjoying it.

    The stress is a lot different, the work is challenging and never-ending, and I had to relocate. But I get to be home every night, am doing things I never would have thought of before, and my career opportunities have increased exponentially. Overall I have zero regrets. My advice would be to just attempt to plan it right to capitalize on your seagoing experience. If you’re an engineer, the shoreside opportunities are seemingly even more ubiquitous.

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