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  • Waving or drowning?

    I'm in phase 3 engineering, and am feeling completely overwhelmed by the timetable and amount of assessments coming up, to the point where I expect to fail badly.
    It's not that the stuff is too hard, it's more that I feel like there's nowhere near enough time to get the stuff into my head, they even stick exams between lectures, so even cramming is difficult.
    I'm nervous about phoning up my training manager to say "help! I can't cope", because I just expect to get an answer that basically equals "tough", or "nobody else seems to be having a problem", things like that.
    I don't want to fail, I was glad to join my company, and I had a very good first sea phase with very good reports and lots done, but I can't cope with what the college is throwing at me, along with all the other everyday stuff like sorting out accommodation, buying and setting up all the stuff you need - cooking stuff, printer, bike, whatever.
    Because the college's extenuating circumstances policy seems like a roulette wheel, where you have to choose whether to do the exam or gamble that they give you some leeway somehow, and how can you spend all that time getting evidence and filling in forms when you could be studying?
    It feels like you have to spend so much time doing so much else apart from the main thing you're there to do, that you are always playing catch-up, I just don't know how everyone else manages, unless a lot of them feel the same way, or maybe some of them have teamed up somehow.
    I don't know what to do, I don't want to contact my company whilst I'm unsure or "emotional", and I don't really trust the college staff. On top of that there's the whole money side - a landlord who expects 3 months rent in december, and the rumours about repayment of training money spent on you.
    It's all very depressing. I just want a job, I just want to go on a ship and work, and learn the job by doing it, and this college stuff just seems to get in the way, I'm at my wit's end.

  • #2
    Hey there!

    I'm also in P3 Engineering ([email protected]) and I know what you mean about everything being full on and quite close together as far as assessment and examinations are concerned. In the month of October I have 5 examinations and 6 assignments that need to be handed in... a minimum of at least 1 every week!! It's important to prioritise and try to get help from friends, lecturers and support staff and even the dreaded company HR Officer. There is no shame in admitting that you're struggling to cope with all the work and by highlighting this point to the relevant persons you may find that change could happen (or next year will have it easier).

    I certainly feel snowed under with all the paperwork and revision I'm having to do... In regards to your landlord - student finance is available and i'd suggest you apply if you're finding money to be tight. You can also enquire about bursaries and other financial assistance. If you're a member of the IMarEST you might even be able to apply to the Guild of Benevolence (a fund for engineers in the industry going through a hard time) for support and assistance.

    The best thing you can do is speak to someone who can help... I'm not saying they will help, but it's always worth a try.

    Best of luck, for further information send me a PM - even if you just want some support or help with some subjects.
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    • #3
      I feel for you pal, I do. I think it would be best if you went along to the student services and had a chat with them about whats going on. Keep it in college for now, and they may be able to help you out a wee bit.

      Also, I hate to point this out but this is what it is like in the real world. Im currently trying to run 8 ships, find somewhere to live, sort out council tax, etc...
      I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

      All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.


      • #4
        You're never going to get any help if you don't ask for it, so ask; you should have a course advisor to go to for pastoral stuff like this. In the unlikely event of that not being enough, or if they are not offering help the next point of call is your training company liaison officer. It's a lot easier for people to give help before you have a breakdown or fail exams than pick up the pieces afterwards.
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