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    Hi!

    My names Amber, 18 and from Plymouth.
    Hoping to join for September 2010 as an engineering officer cadet.
    Probably looking at working for GMS through SSTG at the moment and will probably attend Warsash on the FD programme.


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    Hi Amber!

    Great to have you on board! Are you a lady cadet? Have you been hired or are you still in the process?

    Please could you tell us how you found us? as we're on a recruitment drive!
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    • #3
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      Indeed I am a lady cadet! lol

      Well I have been offered two jobs already and I have a few more interviews.
      One with Maersk and one with SSTG. Thinking I might take the SSTG one.

      I can't remember, was randomly clicking and researching and ended up here! Might of been deckofficer.com

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      • #4
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        Crikey! I'm giving in depth advice on here already!

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        • #5
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          Well it's good to know... we're just trying to get this thing going, so it helps to know if things we're doing are working (or not )
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            Yay! Another girl Good to have you here.

            One thing with SSTG, be aware that although they say you can put preferences on which company you work for, there's no guarantee that you'll get any of your choices, lots of people will be after the good companies. Plus as they're a big umberella company and have loads of cadets on their books you won't get as much attention from them re your training as you would probably get from Maersk.

            Ok that was 2 things, I don't work for either of those companies so my word ain't gospel mind, but I'd be more inclined to go for Maersk, plus Maersk have such a range of ships in their fleet, you'd get to try out more stuff probably.

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              I think with Maersk cadets usually go from Miami through Panama to Singapore on the first sea phase; and then from Sydney to Southampton on the second.

              I think they've got 2 LNGs, a few tankers, and of course tons of container ships - including the biggest one - "Emma".
              You'll get more money from Maersk (£8,000) than SSTG (£5,000), whether you'll have a better training experience or chance of a job at the end is a moot point.

              (The Danish language is not the most mellifluous in the world either :P )
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                If you decide to do FD in Warsash in Sept I MAY see you there!!
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                • #9
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                  Hi Amber and welcome!

                  Come back often, post lots and tell all your friends!



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                    Heres hoping Hontoir!

                    Basically, whilst Maersk appear to pay more, you could argue they don't as they don't pay for your accomadation or food whilst at college whilst SSTG do.

                    Not only that but SSTG's company GMS does actually have a decent sized worldwide fleet of around 8 to 10 ships. My dealings with SSTG so far have been excellent, they are upfront, honest and helpful. On the other hand, Maersk have been quite poor up to now, things like reimbursement for travel to Newcastle. I should of received it within a week they said, 6 phone calls later, it actually took 3! I can't help but think that if they are that careless about something like that, who know what else they might mess you about with?

                    Neither employer guarentees a job at the end unfortunately but I think I might have a better chance with GMS :think:

                    Anyway, thats my current reasoning lol, but I do have interviews with Carnival UK and the RFA coming up too.

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                      Well I am going into the RFA as an ETO, and tbh with you I never really considered any of the true merchant companies. I found finding information on a lot of them was very hard.
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                        Exellent reasoning :handgestures-thumbupleft:

                        We had one SSTG cadet on our course (he dropped out when he was so seasick on board he got sent home after two weeks!) and he did seem to get paid way more than the rest of us. Some cadets only get about 500/month and hall fees were 400/month!! Apart from that he was very quiet so I never found out much of what he thought about SSTG.

                        I don't think many companies guarantee a job at the end these days. Shell do, but they're :angry-devil:

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                          Originally posted by size4riggerboots
                          Shell do, but they're :angry-devil:
                          That deserves a post in the Mariner's pub... do tell...
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                            Amber, when's your Carnival interview?
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                              I think most probably pay about the same (8,000), the difference with Maersk over SSTG would then be the freedom to live where you want, maybe?
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