1.Lucrative wages : All over the world, ships' officers working on international trading ships are amongst the highest paid in comparison with other professions. Seafarers have relatively few expenses when working at sea as accommodation, travel and food are all met by the employer!!! The real value of wages may often be substantially greater because they are frequently tax free.
2.Early responsibility :- Ships' officers take on considerable responsibility right from the start of their careers. Officer trainees usually learn the professional skills required through combining education at specialist institutions and practical training on ships and can expect to qualify as either a Deck or Engineer Officer at the "Operational Level" within 3 or 4 years of starting maritime education and training.
Within 6 to 7 years of commencing specialist Maritime Education and Training, it is possible to qualify as a Captain/Master or Chief Engineer with total responsibility for the operation of a ship and the management of its crew. But without having any ACADEMIC background on Maritime Education and Training it is not possible to qualify as a Captain or Chief Engineer even or ship officer in command.
3.Opportunity to travel:- Many ships trade "anywhere" - not just the usual business or holiday destinations. It means that you can travel to almost “all around the world” -from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, to Tokyo or London, opportunities are endless.
4.Good long term prospects: There is a need for more qualified ships' officers to meet the skills required by international shipping companies. Many senior personnel are shortly due to retire so there are excellent prospects of fast advancement for keen personnel.
Career opportunities extend to shore-based management jobs, requiring people with seagoing experience. so a career at sea may not mean a lifetime at sea.
5.Doing something useful :-Today’s competitive world sometimes make it difficult to fully understand the value of most jobs. Shipping, however, is a key to the global economy, responsible for carrying over 90% of the world’s trade. Without shipping the world economy would collapse. It would be impossible to transport the vast quantities of food, raw materials and manufactured products the world currently takes for granted.
People working at sea have the satisfaction (of doing something useful) of knowing that shipping is also the safest and most environmental friendly form of commercial transportation, and that they are playing a vital role in ensuring efficient global trade.
6. Career flexibility and security: Shipping is an ideal occupation for individuals seeking something exciting. Today’s working environment is increasingly uncertain. A career in shipping can combine security of employment with flexibility and opportunity. Merchant ships’ officers hold internationally recognized qualifications meeting standards agreed by the United Nations.
7. Long holidays: In most jobs, it is normally possible to take a maximum of two or three weeks holiday at one time once a year, and total annual holidays are of course far less than you may be used to at colleges or schools. In shipping, however, seafarers generally enjoy very generous leave or holiday periods (with the cost of return airline flights paid for by the company as an international legal requirement).
So while seafarers are inevitably away from home for long periods, they also enjoy flexibility to pursue other interests at home, or spend extended periods of time with their families.
8. 'Something different' from working in an office!: A ship is a unique environment because it is home to those working on board, and there is a special relationship between seafarers, who enjoy a stimulating life which is different to the experience of people working ashore.
There are many opportunities for socializing, both on board ship and during visits to foreign ports. Life on board ship can be very cosmopolitan, with many different nationalities of seafarer working together. Joining the shipping industry is actually like belonging to an international club.