Welcome to the cadet homepage- here you can ask question specific to your career and training with access to an experienced cadet training officer.
All companies are not made the same!
Bigger does not always mean better!!
Read your contract carefully, look for any unusual clauses especially financial penalties for leaving before a time period has been completed.
Make sure you take into account bonuses, pension schemes when calculating the best payers
Be sensible with the gear you take. You may have to carry it a long way. Don't aim to have a new outfit for everyday you are away. Dress smartly but not like your expecting royalty!
You will be given task which seem menial. Don't forget, we
have all done them. A great bit of advice is that you should
never give a job to a person that you are not
prepared to do yourself. The easiest way to do this
is to already have done it.
But don't let anybody make you do something which is dangerous, illegal or immoral - if they say they have the company backing they are lying
It is quite normal for you to make mistakes when you are in training, this despite the reactions. The important thing is to reduce their occurrence and not to repeat them
Before you try it, we have seen it all before.
Do your correspondence work to the best of your ability. It will come in very useful later in life especially when studying for your senior certificates. A large proportion of this site is based on the correspondence course from my cadetship.
Be very careful when going ashore, there are people who have made a living out of people like yourself. There are also some places in the world were life is very cheap, what price would you put on yours
You will meet a wide variety of people at sea, some of whom you may find difficult to work with. This is unfortunate but unavoidable.
It is normal to be asked lots of questions you will not know the answer to.
This is not done to belittle but to encourage you to ask questions and form an inquisitive mind.
This will be invaluable to you once you graduate and you start having to problem solve.
Be a good listener
Sounds easy-well it is if you understand what it means.
Everybody has something usefull to tell you, so don't dismiss them because of their position. Encourage uncommunicative people by friendly questions and genuine interest. Don't interrupt but keep talk two way, even with the occasional nod.
And what ever you do, don't let your eyes wander when somebody is talking to you, because it is really annoying.