Being in the offshore industry can be quite a challenge for budding seafarers, and even for veterans in the industry. With how it continues to evolve in its operations, it’s important for every maritime professional to know how to navigate the flow of the offshore field so they can come out on top. Here are ways one can do so.
Get trained and certified
Training and certification are a must not just in terms of knowledge and likelihood of being hired, but also because of legal reasons. If you haven’t gone to any of the required training courses, you’re not going to get your foot in the industry at all. Be prepared by being aware of the required programs and enrolling in a maritime school that offers them. That way, you can have the different skill sets necessary to be an effective maritime professional. Even for industry veterans, this is still important, as certification expires which would then mandate them to take refresher courses.
Practice safety procedures
The offshore industry has a bunch of occupational hazards you need to look out for, with exposure to various dangerous chemicals being the main concern. In a literal sense, surviving these hazards means following safety tips on the field. From regular machine maintenance to improved signage and labeling at the site to physical and mental health checks, these are all necessary to ensure the offshore workplace is safe and protected. Above all else, this helps the employees, who are the main lifeline of the industry, feel secure in their profession at all times.
As you go further into the industry, you will be meeting many higher-ups who see potential in you. They may offer you various opportunities for the sake of your career growth and broadening your horizons. When that time finally comes, don’t hesitate to seize the best opportunities. Of course, you should be mindful of which paths are the most ideal for your career and situation. However, just staying in one’s comfort zone will get you nowhere, especially in such a fast-paced industry. Do take calculated risks that will pay off in the long run.
Above all else, it’s important that you are kind and cordial to everyone you meet, whether they be your bosses or your subordinates. People are not likely to hire you if you are rude or difficult to work with. Even if you do end up skilled and successful, if your references all say how you’re not a very pleasant employee, they’ll hesitate in hiring you or flat out refuse to. Remember, each and every person in the industry are all little cogs to the bigger picture. They deserve to be treated with respect for all the hard work they do, no matter how big or small. Treat them nicely and you’ll be treated the same, and in the long run, it will help you move forward in your career.
Remember the tips above and your time in the offshore industry is sure to be golden. It may be a long and challenging road ahead, but as long as you keep these pieces of advice in mind, you’ll go places in your maritime career and even in your personal life.