Well, I did many years ago (before I had the MSc) and what they said was that I first of all needed some sea-time so after working on some bunkerboats I joined an oil tanker as apprentice. Unfortunately it only lasted 2 months since I wasn't really interested in being yelled at for asking when I didn't know, yelled at for doing what I thought was the right thing to do or even being yelled at for actually doing exactly what I was supposed to do! At that point I decided (right or wrong) that I'd rather spend my time by decent academics than yelling chiefs and officers and that's why I ended up with an MSc ME rather than a engineers ticket. A little too much "bullying" and "well, I didn't get any help when I started, so I'm not gonna help anyone" for my liking. It may have been completely different on other ships but I got so disillusioned that I opted for the university instead. So far I haven't seen the same behaviour in yachting but perhaps I've just been lucky. Again, thanks to your advice I've just emailed the Swedish maritime administration to see what they can offer. This time I also have the MSc, all basic and advanced STCW and a very, very basic Swedish certificate where I can be 2/E, <1500kW in "Sheltered Trade" (which means something like 1 (one!) nautical mile from shore). "God spoke and said: Smile and be happy, it could be worse! and I smiled and I was happy and it got worse..."