PROFESSIONAL CONVERSION FOR SEAFARERS – WHAT CAN YOU WORK ASHORE?

Every sailor has thought at least once during his career to quit sailing but many have been discouraged by the grim prospects of hiring ashore, especially in their home countries, in my case Romania. For seafarers, a professional conversion is a a much greater challenge than for others. It implies not just a change of job but also your changing your entire lifestyle.

It’s easy to think through out your contract on the ship about all those harbor workers you meet when the ship is in port and can’t help not to feel a little envy towards them. They finish their shift at regular times (more or less) and than go home to be welcomed by their families and sleep in their own bed with their wives. In the mean time, you just go 2 decks up to a small cabin where you have to rest quickly because you have to be back on deck for work after just 6 hours. On that deck you have to spend at least 4 to 5 months more before you will ever see your home and family again. For some, the decision not to pursue this kind of life, was taken as early as during their first voyage at sea. I remember clearly a cadet on the ship who decided after 5 months on board that this is not the life he wants to pursue and that he will never come back on a ship again. I kept in touch with him, and the boy kept his word. For others it took more than that, I was more persistent and after trying different companies and different types of ships, I took the decision explained in my article “After six years at sea” to quit. I really felt fed up with it and decided to make a change. Pursuing a career at sea was not giving me any satisfaction so there was no point in doing this…

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Recalificare profesionala Navigatori – ce poti face la uscat daca te lasi?

[Professional conversion for Seafarers – What can you work ashore? ENGLISH article here]

Orice navigator s-a gandit macar odata in cariera lui sa se lase de navigat dar multi au fost descurajati de perspectivele sumbre de angajare la uscat, in special in Romania. Pentru navigatori o recalificare profesionala este o provocare mult mai mare decat pentru altii, pentru ca nu iti schimbi doar serviciul ci si tot stilul de viata.

E foarte usor sa te gandesti in timpul contractului la toti muncitorii din port pe care ii intalnesti, la faptul ca ei se duc acasa cand isi termina tura si dorm in patul lor alaturi de familie, in timp ce tu te duci 2 punti mai sus intr-o cabina mica unde trebuie sa te odihnesti pe fuga pentru ca trebuie sa fii inapoi pe punte dupa 6 ore, punte pe care mai ai de petrecut 4-5 luni pana o sa apuci sa iti vezi casa ta si familia. Pentru unii realizarea a fost chiar si in timpul primului contract de cadetie pe mare. Imi amintesc clar un cadet la bord care a decis dupa dupa 5 luni la bord ca asta nu e viata care si-o doreste si ca nu se va mai intoarce vreodata. Am tinut legatura cu el si baiatul s-a tinut de cuvant. La altii a durat mai mult sau mai putin, eu am fost mai persistent si dupa ce am incercat la diferite companii si pe diferite tipuri de nave am luat decizia explicata in articolul “Dupa sase ani pe mare” ca asta nu e o viata buna de care sa te tii.

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