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    Hi, i found out that i was getting sponsored by zodiac today. Is they're anyone reading this who has done they're sea phase with them or are currently with them? If so what was your experience?

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    Originally posted by jakestack96 View Post
    Hi, i found out that i was getting sponsored by zodiac today. Is they're anyone reading this who has done they're sea phase with them or are currently with them? If so what was your experience?
    You'll hear a lot of jokes about them, but that's all they primarily are, jokes. They are one of the biggest cadet sponsors with Clyde Marine, but sadly they don't take on very many cadets at the end. From what I remember my classmates telling me, the ones they do take on they tend to look after rather well, as in training them both for work at sea and some work shoreside, that way you have both perspectives.

    Anywho, at least you have a sponsor....
    Three monkeys escaped from the zoo. One was caught watching TV, the other playing football, and the third one was caught reading this quote!

    All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone and do not represent those of my employer.

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    • #3
      About a third of my class got sponsored by Zodiac, the vast majority really enjoyed it. They have quite a few types of ships, people ended up on container vessels, car carriers, bulkers etc. you seem to go all over the world too.

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      • #4
        Cheers

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        • #5
          I did my cadetship with Zodiac, found it quite challenging at times but really enjoyed it. If you have any specific questions I'd be happy to answer them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by waverider View Post
            I did my cadetship with Zodiac, found it quite challenging at times but really enjoyed it. If you have any specific questions I'd be happy to answer them.
            What did you find challenging about working for them?
            "When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land." - Dr. Samuel Johnson.


            "Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar." - Don Bamford

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            • #7
              Be ready to eat chicken and rice/cows tongue for 4 months.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JonathanI View Post
                Be ready to eat chicken and rice/cows tongue for 4 months.
                Nothing wrong with chicken.
                "When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land." - Dr. Samuel Johnson.


                "Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar." - Don Bamford

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                • #9
                  Depends what part of the chicken it is. Bit of grilled breast? Lovely. An incinerated chicken's foot? Not so nice. Yes I am speaking from personal experience. Not with Zodiac though.

                  On topic I had several mates with Zodiac. Seemed like a fairly typical tonnage tax company from what they said. Ok training depending on the crew but pretty much no chance of a job at the end. Decent variety of ships and you'll go all over the place. All seemed to be on with other UK cadets which is obviously good. Think the crews are mostly eastern European/Russian.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CallumA View Post
                    Nothing wrong with chicken.
                    It's not your usual M&S chicken we are talking about !

                    Originally posted by EH75 View Post
                    Depends what part of the chicken it is. Bit of grilled breast? Lovely. An incinerated chicken's foot? Not so nice. Yes I am speaking from personal experience. Not with Zodiac though.

                    On topic I had several mates with Zodiac. Seemed like a fairly typical tonnage tax company from what they said. Ok training depending on the crew but pretty much no chance of a job at the end. Decent variety of ships and you'll go all over the place. All seemed to be on with other UK cadets which is obviously good. Think the crews are mostly eastern European/Russian.
                    Yeh mate can't agree with you more they really don't care about the cadets tbh !. Yeh you training will depend on the crew ! I had one ship the 2nd mate refused to allow me to touch anything on the bridge only told me to look how the window ! Don't know how you are supposed to learn how to navigate by there you go. Another ship had a brilliant second mate and he basically let me do the watch myself!. The ships are not bad and I done a fair bit of traveling !. I was quite lucky and most of my chiefs let me go a shore in pretty much all the ports. I was always on with other cadets and once was on with 5 other British cadets. Zodiac have ships that the only send the British cadets on and other ships they only send the other cadets so you will never sail with foreign cadets. Yeh zodiac is generally Eastern European,Chinese,Indian & Russian officers & crew. At the end of the day you just get on with it and I enjoyed my time with them just don't expect it to be amazing !

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