In a world where there is no sea too deep, or too ocean to wide, career in the maritime industry has become one of the most in demand. The Philippines is one of the five largest supply countries of seafarers in the world, making it one of the most in demand courses in the country. Many schools and universities all over the country offer maritime training.This trend calls for competent and career-oriented maritime schools in almost all provinces in the country.
But with maritime training schools popping up all over the country like mushrooms in the rainy season, it has become a challenge to choose which one can give the aspiring seafarer the best training. The industry places importance on hiring well-trained and competent personnel to board their ships and man its steering wheel to help the industry serve the needs of the growing population all over the world.
Attaining the best possible maritime training starts with choosing the best school suited for your vision of yourself as a seafarer. Below is a list of things you can consider in choosing the best training school for you:
The first issue to address when choosing a training school is its accessibility. Evaluate the location of the school if it is accessible through public transportation. If not, see for yourself that there are places near the school you can rent to live in. Given the traffic problem in our roads, evaluate if the location of your target school is placed on a strategic location. Studying is stressful enough, much more with maritime training wherein it requires not only mental strength, but physical as well. So it is important that you are comfortable with your location before deciding.
Like any other college courses, maritime training in the Philippines is quite expensive, on top of the other expenditures such as uniforms and textbooks. Select a training school that you can afford to enroll for the next four or five years. Take into consideration the other fees that must be paid other than the tuition fee to ensure you, and whoever will pay for your training, will be kept worry free.
Effective maritime training requires hands-on exercises, or at least the equivalent of it. Application is required in order to have a practical application of the theories learned in the classroom. The training school you would choose must have the proper facilities to help you in learning and applying what was taught.
Visit your potential school first before making your decision. See if you are comfortable in staying at such a place, using its facilities and think if it can cater to the needs of the course you will be taking. Remember that what you will learn in school is important, but the experience of learning is just as valuable.
Don’t be afraid to ask the precautions taken by the school in terms of safety and security of the students and personnel. The government has guidelines for schools and universities, so remember to check those as you take a tour around the school you wish to attend.
Many schools in the country offers maritime training courses among other courses in other areas. Consider choosing a school which solely specializes in maritime training to enhance your competence. That means that the school has specific goals to meet in order to train you to the standards set by the industry.
The class size is also a factor in being a good student. Some students learn better in more quiet places where there are less people to be mindful of, while others prefer to study alongside many people. This is based on the student’s learning style, if s/he can learn in a room full of people or if learning is better and easier among a small number of people. Remember that since the teacher’s attention is divided among the class, isn’t it better to sign up for a class where there are less people to compete with to have a concentrated and focused training?
The success of anything can be determined by its output. Feel free to ask other old students for feedback and recommendations, before deciding what school to attend. Their feedback is important because they may tell you what they have learned, or if they have already boarded at least once, and if they they were able to apply what they have learned while training. Or if you have already chosen a maritime school, ask former students for advice on the different aspects of the training you will undergo. Ask about their experiences while training to prepare yourself in case you undergo the same experiences as they had.
The maritime industry is a fast paced one. It is important that you, as a student, can keep up even from earlier on. Because of the demands of the industry, a well structured maritime training program should train the students in their business knowledge and analytical skills. Make sure that you enroll into a school which offers the latest maritime courses, such as the OPITO training (which is needed for the oil and gas industry) and offshore safety training and programs that will assure the safety, regulatory and operational issues in the industry . You will have a lot to learn once you go onboard, so it is good to choose a school which will be able to teach you the fundamentals needed in the industry.
The right training school can go a long way, especially in a field as vital and as competent as the maritime industry. Place importance and care in choosing the right school which will suit your needs and resources. Invest in excellent training today to survive the tough competition in the industry tomorrow.