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  • Did you have previous experience?

    Since discovering the MN I am 95% sure it is the career I have been looking for but I am worried that I have no previous experience with sailing except the odd day trip in Greece, will this go against me? Also if I am honest I am not the most self confident bloke in the world but I am hoping if I learn well this will give me confidence to rise through the ranks, can recruiters see potential or will I fall at the 1st hurdle?

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    Re: Did you have previous experience?

    Working at sea is entirely different to pleasure craft, I wouldn't worry. While it is sometimes an advantage to have previous experience it's not essential.

    My previous experience was working on inland waterways for a marina, I'd tow boats around and conduct servicing but it's entirely different to what I do now.

    Don't worry, you'll be taught everything you need to know

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    • #3
      Re: Did you have previous experience?

      Everyone has previous experience of some sort. You have to sell how it's relevant in your CV and interview.

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      • #4
        Re: Did you have previous experience?

        What Lewis says is true. Even if you worked as a waiter in a restaurant, nothing to do with seafaring, but skills such as teamwork and being a team leader could be emphasized as they are important.

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        • #5
          Re: Did you have previous experience?

          Cheers, good point, I have plenty of experiences I can make relevant just have to word it right.

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          • #6
            Re: Did you have previous experience?

            Don't worry at all about previous experience. The only experience I had was crossing the Channel twice by ferry they will be more interested in other aspects such as what transferable skills, qualities you can bring to the table etc.

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            • #7
              Re: Did you have previous experience?

              Like D-Triv, I had only ever been on a North Sea Ferry before I took up the career.

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