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education & career advice needed

Discussion in 'Licensing & Education' started by whybotherlol, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. whybotherlol

    whybotherlol New Member

    Sep 21, 2008
    ok so recent events in my life have forced me to look in the mirror and question: is this really what i want to be doing / is it too late to change things.

    im male 31 and for the last decade been in the building service industry
    i have city & guild qualifications in mechanical & electrical engineering
    i have hvac / generation & distribution with over 10'000 hours on engines upto 3.5 MW power distribution 400v plus / controls experience with bms ( building managment systems ) boiler systems / water treatment etc etc

    i have thought about the yachting industry for many years but due to job security etc never taken the plunge

    i own my own home am not married have no children ( very little to keep me where i am )

    i have been looking around and see that i am too long in the tooth to just quit work go back to uni and am too old to be considered for a yachting degree
    i have seen many posts for RYA/MCA courses but am not sure if it is worth spending money now if i cant get to where i want to be in 3 -4 years time
    i have seen a course on its the ocean graduate course
    it seems to give you the right qualifications to get a respected job within the yachting world
    now im not expecting to do a course along these lines and get a job commanding the uss.enterprise as some do lol
    i would like to start out at the bottom for a few years working my way through deck hand engine room upto the likes of first mate and in 3 or 4 years work my way up to a skipper
    could someone take a look at the uksa ocean graduate course content
    / structure and let me know if this would be a worth while choise
    cheers in advance for any help on this matter