MARITIME CAREER COUNSELING
Marine Engineering is a highly lucrative career and offers the option to work in a challenging environment. With the increase in international global sea traffic, the demand for Marine Engineers in public and private shipping companies has risen. The top rung of the hierarchical ladder is the post of a Chief Engineer. Marine Engineers usually sail for 15-20 years after which they land jobs in shipyards, maritime universities or in management of a shipping company.
With the increase in international global sea traffic, the demand for marine engineers in both public and private sectors has increased. It is a highly lucrative and challenging career. As a marine engineer, the first 15-20 years of your career would periodically require you to be at sea. You can then land jobs in shipyards, maritime universities or in management of a shipping company.
The particular dynamics of vacancies and movement of labour force, rapid changes of activity content are characteristic of maritime sectors and its labour market. It urges to activate the research of future seafarers’ professional career planning and career planning skills development. The empirical part was devoted to the investigation of the lecturers’ assessment of maritime students’ professional career planning skills and the lecturers’ participation in the process of professional career planning skills development. The research showed that the maritime students quite seldom address their lecturers on the issues of professional career planning. Less than a half of the lecturers frequently communicates with students on the issues of professional career planning. The qualitative research showed that the success of students’ professional career is determined by the professional competence; general and career planning skills.
Key words: maritime education and training, maritime student, professional career, professional career planning skills.