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    As the title says, what are my chances of getting accepted into a cadetship. Im 17 currently doing A levels but after reading up on these cadetships i find them really interesting and an exciting prospect. I got 7b's and 2c's in my GCSE's and i think i could cope with the workload. Im thinking of applying for the next september intake what are your thoughts.
    Also what is better the deck or engineering program?

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    Re: Chances of getting accepted

    To be honest, not many people here will be able to tell you your chances - it really depends on the individual companies.

    Get some applications in and see how you get on. Are you thinking of deck/engine? Any companies caught your interest?
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    • #3
      Re: Chances of getting accepted

      Im more interested in deck but i wouldn't mind engineering, ive been thinking of applying to sstg as they seem to be highly regarded. Do you think its worth doing? Im just a little skeptical as it will involve me moving to a different country but it seems like its a good industry to be involved in.

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      • #4
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        ermmmm? What country are you in now? If Ireland they have marine colleges too which are highly regarded, though we might not be much help on here
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        • #5
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          Yeah Ireland well Northern Ireland if ya wanna be specific, i seen the college for ireland but i think its only for the BSc i was thinking glasgow as the ferry from belfast is only a couple of hours but its still early days yet.

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          • #6
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            You don't really get a choice where you go to college, you apply to companies and they allocate you to a college, I guess if you apply early you can state your preference, but they can and do change where you go without much warning if they suddenly find they've overbooked at one college already!

            Do your research, look at all the companies and apply to several, sooner rather than later, as if you say you want to go in next year you will then be at the top of the list when it comes to getting where you want to go, (best to ask where they send their cadets at the interviews!) As long as you have decent grades in maths and a science at gcse you have as good a chance as anyone. What it depends on is how you come across in the interview, so do lots of research on the industry and the job and the company you're interviewing with, emphasise teamwork skills and management skills, (if you have no way of demonstrating these skills on your CV, now is the time to join clubs, groups or whatever to get some!) Family links to the MN are always good, and an interest in the sea of course!!

            Best of luck!

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            • #7
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              Thanks

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              • #8
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                Why don't you just finish your A levels and then apply for the NMCI through the Irish CAO system. An extra year to finish your secondary school education is advisable because even though you might fell like a year is a long time its actually a very short time. Besides the points needed for both engineering and deck courses are quite low. There actually some of the lowest pointed courses in the country in fact.

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                • #9
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                  Is there many sponsoring companies that will send you there?

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                  • #10
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                    The Irish system is a bit different, you go off your own back as far as I'm aware and find a company for your sea phases, but the college and company remain somewhat independent of each other.
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                    • #11
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                      I think you do a full year there, which you pay for yourself, and then the college helps you find a sponsor... ?

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                      • #12
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                        Yeah size 4 has the right idea. If your a deckie its just like any college/Uni for first year i.e pay your own way. Everyone starts in September and in Jan/ Feb the lecturers will give you application forms for various companies. If the company likes you they will call you for interview in the college. Almost everyone gets a sponsor. Then when you finish your exams and are due to go to sea for all of second year you get your sponsorship money (usually June). You are then sponsored up until you pass your orals. If your an engineer you wont be sponsored until you have completed 2nd year. An engineer spends 2 years at college, then a sea phase ,then another year at college, as apposed to deckies 3 in total.

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