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  • A nagging thought

    This has been playing on my mind for a while and I'd like some re-assurance if possible. I finished my cadetship in the middle of last year but have not sailed as a qualified deck officer yet (due to personal and professional reasons). It looks like I'll be job hunting next year but I am can't shake the feeling that I may have forgotten some vital training I learned as a cadet due to the gap, is this usually the case? Or does it all come rushing back to you when you step aboard? I don't want to be an incompetent officer and I want to hit the sea running, so to speak. Help/advice/suggestions are welcome.

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    I'm about to join my first ship as a junior engineer and I feel exactly the same. It's not a worry that I think I'm an idiot or I've forgotten everything... it's a worry that I'll be a disappointment to the crew, being their most junior member.

    My only way of thinking about it in a good light is that 1) they were once as inexperienced as me, 2) I'm a junior 4th engineer, not a 3E or a senior 4E, I can still ask the 3EO or S4EO for help and I won't look too silly and 3) I'm going to try my best to be the best engineer possible, assisting in everything and anything... I think it's much worse to have a sh*t engineer who doesn't try than a sh*t engineer who tries his best!

    You'll be fine, I can imagine everyone feels it.

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    • #3
      You will both be fine, the other officers onboard will understand that it is your first trip and will expect you to ask lots of questions.
      Go out, do stuff

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