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  • Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

    Well, I just wanted to ask a few q's on the issue. As the title says, I'm planning on applying to CMT for the next wave of Cadetships however;

    How soon can I book an MCA medical test and would it be best to do it ASAP or further into the year in the next few months? I turn 18 on Friday 19th of Feb, but I have a jaw operation on the 11th which will take around 9 weeks to recover from, meaning I wouldn't be able to have the medical done for 2 months. Obviously if I have it done now it will only be valid for a year instead of two, but I'd like to know as soon as whether or not I can at least apply to join the MN so I can focus on my other possible career routes and would it really matter much when I'd have to have it updated again anyway when I'll be in college and I'd likely pass it again?

    Is it too early to be applying for a Cadetship so far from Sept or does it not matter too much (or is it indeed, the sooner the better)?

    What can I expect in the medical exam? (I've read the MCA medical requirements, but I'd like to hear from someone who's actually had them)

    I'll most likely think up a few more q's, so sorry in advance for that

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    Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

    You can apply at any time... they tend to start interviewing etc. in March - May but there is no harm putting your application in early.

    As for your ENG-1, it is valid for 2 years from date of issue (unless your doctor issues a shorter one due to a medical issue) - and must be valid for the entire period you will be onboard ship - therefore I wouldn't get it too early or you may have to get another one before you go to sea!

    Should you not have your ENG-1 by the time of your interview, most companies will issue you an offer that you have a position, subject to passing the ENG-1.

    If you choose to get the ENG-1 now, you will have to pay for it yourself, where as if you wait your company will most probably pay for it for you. Unless you have an underlying medical condition which you already know about then the chances of you failing it are slim.

    While I am not a doctor, I would not think your jaw operation would be a particular concern as you would presumably have mainly recovered by the summer.
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    • #3
      Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

      So would it be best to apply now to Clyde Marine and then have the medical if I get accepted?

      Oh and on the entry form there is a field titled "Date to begin training" with day/month/year categories. How do I find out the starting dates of the courses?

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      • #4
        Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

        I have allready applied with clyde got accepted but don't start till september. I think it's best to do it as early as possible as the earlier you do the more places they'll have so easier it will be for you. As for ENG1 they will arrange that for you just got a letter for mine a few days ago. So probably best to leave it to them and save you the cash.

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        • #5
          Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

          @Lewis

          What date did you use for the "Date to begin training" field?

          Oh and congrats on being accepted, when did you apply?

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          • #6
            Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

            November. I'd just put todays date or what ever date you can actually start.

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            • #7
              Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

              So in my case should I put that date at the end of my recovery period as I don't think I'll be up to an interview with my jaws internally wired together Or is there a chance I would get an interview before the 11th of Feb?

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              • #8
                Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                hard to say was about a month inbetween my application and interview.

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                • #9
                  Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                  SEVERE WARNING TO YOU ALL :- RE MEDICAL MATTERS.

                  Do not be mislead by the fact that your employer/sponsor may pay for your ENG 1. Medical.
                  That does not mean that they are the least bit interested in your health - in fact many of them could not give a damn.
                  They may pay for the medical - it's in their own interest to do that - not yours.
                  What you should be more concerned about is what they do when you become ill whilst overseas, working on your ship.
                  Be carefull of that one - There are many ship managers, particularly the offshore variety who use Flags of Convenience and agency manning, who will actively move to prevent you receiving medical attention overseas, and that applies even if they may be the cause of your illness/ailment.
                  You guys really have no idea what can happen with these "offshore" outfits, flags of convenience and agency manning.
                  OF COURSE, not all companies act badly in that way, but too many do, especially in harsh economic times, - when even the "better" companies might.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                    I best send my application off sharpish then

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                    • #11
                      Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                      Originally posted by D-Triv
                      I best send my application off sharpish then
                      That is an excellent idea, and a very good response, - if I might say so.
                      You are at least now aware of what can happen - therefore it is likely you will be better prepared to deal with it when and if it does.
                      You guys seem much better able to communicate than we were in my day. We had no internet, nor did mobile phones exist.
                      Just be sure that your anticipated communications ability (onboard and overseas) is indeed going to be as you think it will be.
                      Not all ships will make internet access available to you, although most passenger ships/ cruise ships will - the passengers demand it, but things may be very different on a class 2 vessel - a vessel other than a passenger vessel. They don't carry doctors either.
                      It would be a good idea to download to your computers the contact details of British Consulates/Embassy's around the world, and save the information, before leaving the u.k. and proceeding overseas.
                      You may well be glad that you did - one day.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                        Okay, at the references now. I've used my headteacher for one of the references, what would be appropriate for the other?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                          Are you a Scout or Sea Cadet or similar type club / association, if so then the leader of that would be good. That or maybe your class tutor though I would think the headmaster will plam that off to them anyways!

                          Do you know anyone (family friend) who is "respectable"..... accountant, solicitor, publican, policeman (not the arresting officer though ), fireman etc etc ask them nicely and see where you get to.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                            I've used a teacher that knows me well and will say some nice words so hopefully that'll be okay

                            Application has been sent off so I'll just have to wait for a reply and keep my fingers crossed. How long is the average reply for a Clyde application?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Applying to Clyde for the next intake of Cadets

                              Apply for all of the companies and see what offers you get. I wouldnt stick with just one I would want as wide a field as possible to take my options from. Outcome of the training is the same but different companies have access to different sponsoring companies so if you have a particular interest in one part of the industry you might want to pick a training company that specializes in that area.

                              E.g if you want to do cruise work Clyde is probably a poor choice go for Carnival.

                              Clyde tend to be pretty quick with interviews. The other companies as has been said tend to do stuff in March/April.

                              Re the Eng1 have the op and get recovered 1st this can wait anyways.
                              Wise man says.... " Enough with the stupid questions "

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