With so many programs to enroll in, it may be challenging to ensure you actually get to enjoy the process and make it a worthwhile experience.
Here are ways you can do so while still learning from the best.
Be prepared before each session
As most courses only offer sessions that last for days, make sure you have the necessary materials before each class.
Always have a notebook and pen in hand so you don’t miss any vital info that your instructor gives you. You can also refer to these notes in the future once you’re back in the workforce. If the courses are much more physical and immersive, make sure you’ve gotten a good night’s rest so you feel energetic enough to be part of the rigorous training.
Be an active participant
The next step is to be involved when your instructors are engaged in discussions with the class. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to raise them.
Having your inquiries cleared will help you be more informed in the future. If you have any emergency simulation classes, do participate in them as if it’s the actual situation, so you know what to do during disasters.
Be attentive in each lesson
No matter how many courses you attend, it’s all for naught if you don’t know how to pay attention to your classes.
When it comes to said classes, you need to be as absorbent as a sponge and actually listen. Try not to zone out, lest you want to miss out on essential details that might be crucial to you and your colleagues.
Be friendly among your peers
Lastly, don’t be all work and no play. The sessions, short as they are, should still be an avenue for new friendships to arise.
Remember—seafarers are often away from their families for extended periods of time. They have to depend on their fellow staff a lot, so befriending other trainees allows you to make friends from the get-go and improve your interpersonal skills.
Despite the stress of training and seafaring, you can still do the things above to ensure you get your money’s worth while making great memories in your maritime journey. Keep these pointers in mind the next time you enroll in a seafaring course for your certification.