What are my options for starting a career in maritime with no experience?

I’m interested in starting a career in this field but I have a fairly unusual set of circumstances and I’m having a hard time researching my options.

So a little background on me. I’m 28 and was born and raised in the US. I graduated high school but didn’t do any higher education. I have Polish(EU) citizenship as well and have been living in Scotland for the last 5 years.

I looked into deck officer cadetships and even started some applications before running into issues. Mainly how/if a high school diploma converts to GCSEs. But I also run into issues with citizenship and birthplace because a lot of applications seem to ask for both or just birthplace. I don’t want to be auto rejected because I put I’m born in the US.

What other options are there for me to get into the maritime field? I imagine Scotland should have a lot going on but I don’t even know where to look.

Any information, advice, resources, etc. are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

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  • May 25, 2020 at 6:46 am

    There’s one college in Scotland for cadetships – City of Glasgow College Riverside campus. You can also study in England with all fees paid. Check out careersatsea.org, and have a look there for some details on sponsoring companies.

    Off the top of my head, the cruise companies, Shell, Clyde Marine Training, SSTG, Trinity House and Maersk are all companies that offer cadetships. Which you prefer is up to you.

    Regards place of birth, just put whichever one gives you the requisite citizenship. As long as you have the passport it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve got dual and only ever put UK unless it’s going to benefit me.


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