The sea has always attracted mankind be it for a sense of adventure, freedom from oppression, some challenge or for earning money. There was a time when ‘running away to sea’ was used as a euphemism for running away from problems, but not today when jobs at the sea actually mean earning well.
Let us see why people choose a career at sea today.
- Handsome Salary: The pay packets for shipping jobs are much higher than those working in the same designation onshore. In most of the developing countries, the ship officers who are on assignments on internationally trading ships get real heavy pay packets with considerable opportunities of accumulating the savings at a much younger age. Besides having a handsome salary, the value of wage is further increased as these salaries are often tax-free.
- Travelling Opportunities: The modern ships are hardly at the port and most of the time they are on their routes to almost every part of the globe. Those who love to travel thus find the shipping jobs very apt as they can travel for free and see interesting and unusual places around. Even if they are not on a ship duty, the seafarers are given shore-based jobs in shipping offices that are spread across various geographical locations.
- Long Holiday Break: In a normal office job, the maximum leave one can avail at a stretch is for 2-3 weeks under normal circumstances. The shipping jobs offer extended holidays to the seafarers that can last up to 6 months at a stretch for intercontinental or “deep sea” trades. The short sea trips have terms like one-month working, which is followed by a month of paid leave. Thus, people working on ship assignments often have the luxury of pursuing their hobbies during these breaks or spending long quality time with their families and friends.
- Job Security and Flexibility: The shipping industry not only offers well-paid jobs, but also provides ample of job opportunities and flexibility. Those officers working on merchant ships hold internationally recognised qualifications that meet the standards specified by the United Nations International Maritime Organization. These officers have the choice of working for any one of the thousands of international shipping companies. After a few years at sea, they can also choose to take up an onshore job related to the shipping industry like marine surveying, shipping company management etc.
Joining the career in a shipping industry is like belonging to a special international club where you enjoy a cosmopolitan life on board.