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    Hi all, Here is what I have done so far:-

    Applied to RFA, got invitation to attend interview but right now too out of shape to pass medical or fitness req's.
    Applied to Maersk Shipping, they are delighted with CV but currently 2010 places full so they hope to see me next year for 2011.

    Currently working my way through some old maths books to brush up on studying again. I already have my HND in Mechanical Engineering and I am aware that I could in certain circumstances not have to re-do the whole course, but I choose to do so as I want to learn from scratch. Does anyone know if you would be allowed to choose a college to study at if indeed Maesrk were to offer me the training, Glasgow College of Nautical Studies is the closest to me so this would make sense.

    Any help or guidence on brushing up on skills etc would be appreciated Maersk advised maths and Portuguese would be useful.

    many thanks
    Shug

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    Re: Give us a clue

    Portuguese?! That's a bit random!

    I think you can hint really heavily to them and cite some sensible reasons, but your guess is as good as anyone elses as to whether it'll work!

    Have you applied for a Letter of Initial Assessment with the MCA? (?60)
    http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-hom ... g-lia-link
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    • #3
      Re: Give us a clue

      Whens your rfaib?

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      • #4
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        Your story is extremely similar to my own my friend.

        I am 29 and was eager for a change of direction professionally.

        I to have an HND in Mech Eng & I to was extremely out of shape at the ENG1 Medical and was told to lose around 40 lbs.
        Luckily enough the doc passed me for 1 year and reccommended the weight loss which I have well on top of now, its actually a good kick up the backside I needed.

        I applied everywhere but unfortunately although some company's or organisation's won't admit it, a lot of them won't take on "Mature" Cadet's.

        I again, like you had an interview and testing with Maersk in Feb 2010 and am pleased to say was selected.

        The Interview was more a friendly chat and the test was basic Math's and English...pretty straight forward really.

        The RFA were also interested but I failed to meet the criteria as I worked in the Middle East for a year and lived in Thailand for 2 year...The rule states, you have to be a UK resident for at least 4 of the last 5 yrs.

        I would try to get on top of the weight problem ASAP but don't let it put you off going in for the medical because as I say they will probably pass you for a year which gives you time to get your finger out.

        Also, Because of the HND situation, if successful with Maersk, you could ask them to put you on the full degree course which are held at Liverpool John Moore, Plymouth, and Greenwich. You should have enough UCAS points to qualify if you have the old HND.

        Hope this helps and good luck for the future

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        • #5
          Re: Give us a clue

          Originally posted by Shu66y
          Portuguese would be useful.
          Might be to do with this?
          http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE62U13O20100331
          http://www.maerskoil.com/en/News/PressR ... razil.aspx

          I wonder do UK Maersk cadets/officers have more options than just box boats?!
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          • #6
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            Hey guys, thanks for the info.....I have applied for my LIA letter, so will need to see what they say...

            Scotty:- are you currently with Maersk now?, studying at? and how hard is it?.....I have loads of work to do regarding this, got to get my maths up to scratch, its too easy to forget. My heart is set on this and will do all the work to get my feet wet, although if I were in the bowels of the ship and got my feet wet then I must have missed the page about "don't pull the chain or the plug will come out"......

            Anyway guys, thanks for all your feedback, hope to stay in touch and help each other out where we can.

            cheers again

            Shug

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            • #7
              Re: Give us a clue

              Shug, have you applied to be an engineer or a decky? Im a maersk engineer cadet and the Portugese thing just seems daft to be honest, who told you that?

              I started the course in my twenties having worked full time and fancied a change of direction. I wouldnt worry to much about brushing up on maths and stuff as the lecturers usually assume everyone has a basic knowledge and take it from there. Maersk seem to do a good job with recruitment as well and if you get offered a place on the course then I would say you are capable of everything. I know thats a bit of a generalisation and there have been some subjects I have struggled with but overall I would say my age and experience has been a help rather than a hinderance.
              fortune favours the bold

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              • #8
                Re: Give us a clue

                The point of the wiki is to have all the sort of help you might find on wikipedia (but a bit more in-depth and specific), or any number of websites that aren't always easy to find.
                I hope too see cadets posting questions like "how do i do this bit of maths" for some of us to attempt to answer, and to try and build up the wiki content.
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                • #9
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                  Thats a good idea. I have a lot of my first phase stuff in my computer which could be of use to someone. I also have this link: http://www.dieselduck.ca/ . Really good website for engineers, maybe the link could be put up on here for everyone?
                  fortune favours the bold

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                  • #10
                    Re: Give us a clue

                    Originally posted by Shu66y
                    Hi all, Here is what I have done so far:-

                    Applied to RFA, got invitation to attend interview but right now too out of shape to pass medical or fitness req's.
                    Applied to Maersk Shipping, they are delighted with CV but currently 2010 places full so they hope to see me next year for 2011.

                    Currently working my way through some old maths books to brush up on studying again. I already have my HND in Mechanical Engineering and I am aware that I could in certain circumstances not have to re-do the whole course, but I choose to do so as I want to learn from scratch. Does anyone know if you would be allowed to choose a college to study at if indeed Maesrk were to offer me the training, Glasgow College of Nautical Studies is the closest to me so this would make sense.

                    Any help or guidence on brushing up on skills etc would be appreciated Maersk advised maths and Portuguese would be useful.

                    many thanks
                    Shug

                    Hi,

                    I had an interview with Maersk in February and they aren't putting cadets through GCNS this year.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Give us a clue

                      Originally posted by mesteph
                      Thats a good idea. I have a lot of my first phase stuff in my computer which could be of use to someone. I also have this link: http://www.dieselduck.ca/ . Really good website for engineers, maybe the link could be put up on here for everyone?
                      Actually, Martin (of DD) is quite keen on the idea of a wiki as well... bring it on... the more working on it the quicker it'll get up there; and helping others is a great way to consolidate your own knowledge.
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