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  • MitchE94
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    During my talks with the woman from HAL, she told me that they are only taking on 4 ETO cadets! what does this mean for my chances? is competition high?

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  • MitchE94
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll just have to wait and see if Carnival and Princess get back to me too.
    As for the journey, my Dad is taking a couple of days off work and we are gonna drive down on the Sunday night, stay over in Rochester, then both my interviews are on the Monday, so we are gonna set off home straight after the interviews. two interviews in one day, it's gonna be the longest day of my life!

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  • chris
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    As far as I know HAL are using Viking as their training administrator rather than Carnival UK even though they are all part of the happy Carnival family.

    HAL are probably just as good for deck and engine cadets as any other cruise line but they are rather more mixed at providing meaningful training for ETO cadets based on my own experience and the 3 others in the class who were on a HAL ship as an ETO cadet. The on-board training was geared up for the Dutch dual cadet system and the predominantly Dutch engineering dept was not keen on the ETO scheme (The Dutch don't currently have an ETO scheme). I don't think this will change very quickly.

    If you're choosing a cruise line sponsored ETO cadetship between Carnival, Princess (SSTG) or HAL (Viking) then my advice is to stay clear of HAL for the time being.

    The first 4 ETOs to be recruited by HAL started at STC in Sept and go to sea in April, so it will be interesting to hear their experiences when they return in Sept.

    Whitby to Rochester to Southampton and back - Thats a long drive or train journey. Do you get to stay somewhere the night before?

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  • CharlieDelta
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    The Carnival interview is a full day so you could have a little midweek trip!

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  • MitchE94
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    Thanks I'll send Chris a message, I was just having a quick browse through their website and there is no mention of ETO's.. strange. I've managed to get it on the same day as my SSTG interview, so its gonna be a busy day for me! SSTG interview in Rochester, then straight across to Southampton for Viking, then all the way back up to Whitby afterwards (North Yorkshire)! I'm kinda hoping that carnival get in touch soon if they want to offer me an interview, then I can try and get them all done when I'm down there in a couple of weeks, would make life so much easier! but all I can do is wait

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  • electrolytic_coffee
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    Originally posted by MitchE94 View Post
    Hi guys, been on the phone to Viking recruitment tonight and arranged an interview with them. I think the woman on the phone said it would be for Holland America. Does anyone have any opinions on this company? good or bad?
    Im sure chris will oblige you, he went on a HAL ship. HAL now recruit their own ETO cadets so you may end up with a similar deal to the carnival guys where you are contracted to work for so long after you complete. Well done!

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  • MitchE94
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    Hi guys, been on the phone to Viking recruitment tonight and arranged an interview with them. I think the woman on the phone said it would be for Holland America. Does anyone have any opinions on this company? good or bad?

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  • electrolytic_coffee
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    Originally posted by chris View Post

    @Electrolytic_coffee: They've not asked for any of my forms, I'm feeling a little ignored by Chiltern now.
    Really, cause that was a big feature in our meeting we had with them. Clearly your paperwork is up to date then!

    @Mitch, yeah it was something I learned about too because they are so busy I never got replies to some when i applied, I had to phone and ask in a lot of cases. My GF who is a cadet with carnival started her cadetship the year before I started mine, she said how bad it was with getting an answer etc.. and I should have taken it under advisement fromt he start, eventually I did and well got to where I am now!

    Ah well keep trying, I would just say dont rest with just SSTG try all of em, the worst they can say is no, and if they do you can ask why and improve upon it for next time then, feedback even if it is bad is ultimatley good.

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  • chris
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    Trinity House - I'm biased but I think they are good. They were recruiting ETOs at the recent open day at STC, so just assume its an old form.

    My history: When I was applying I couldn't decide between offshore Clyde (Farstad, Solstad, Subsea 7) or cruise ships: Viking (HAL, Fred Olsen, Saga, others) and Carnival (P&O, Cunard) so I applied to all three. For some reason I didn't think of SSTG although they have sponsors for both, though in fairness to myself I hadn't found the forum back then.

    @Electrolytic_coffee: They've not asked for any of my forms, I'm feeling a little ignored by Chiltern now.

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  • MitchE94
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    thanks, I'll try that with the Princess application then and see what kind of feedback I get! I guess I'm just underestimating how busy the companies will be by expecting them to reply to me straight away :P maybe things will start picking up a bit after this weekend, due to it being the last college open day this Saturday just gone (fleetwood).

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  • electrolytic_coffee
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    Dont let the lack of responses put you off. Thats par for course with most of the companies because they are so busy. Also, Chiltern recruit for Trinity House aswell as Viking, well they are all manged by the same office including my sponsors the Maritime Education Foundation (MEF). I applied for Trinity House and got MEF but im still managed by CHiltern. Most app forms dont have ETO on, i dont really think there is a reason other than those companies that do recruit for them havent updated forms. Just put ETO on the form and scrub the others out, thats what I did.

    Chiltern are also exceptionally busy at the mo as they've been chasing us cadets down for updated documentation (ie certificates, medicals, immunisation jabs etc..) because they are having an Audit so they are busier than normal so keep trying.

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  • MitchE94
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    are trinity house good? I noticed the ETO stuff on there website a while back and emailed them for a form, when they sent it, it only said deck or engine! I've emailed them again but no reply yet. guess I'll just have to wait and see what the future brings.

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  • chris
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    no problem MitchE94, I'm with Trinity House. I applied to Clyde, Viking, Carnival in that order and never got round to SSTG but I probably should have.


    Some general info: On the Princess website they say they recruit for ETO

    http://www.princess.com/employment/i....jsp#technical

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  • MitchE94
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    thanks chris, i emailed princess cruises a few days ago actually because it does not give an option on their application form for ETO's, still no reply from them as yet. who are you on with?

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  • chris
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    Just to add some information, 3 of the SSTG cadets in my ETO class were on Princess cruise ships for their first sea phase and they think for the upcoming second sea phase.

    Princess now recruit ETO cadets but weren't publicly doing so for the Sept 2010 intake (my intake).

    In summary, Princess may still offer sea time to SSTG ETO cadets.

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