Maritime Energy and Technical Career Planning
The career planning process is unique for each and every person. There are very few people that find one "perfect" career for a life-time. Most of the times, and in most cases, your task will be to identify a broad range of possible jobs that fit your requirements and relevant skill set.
In the Maritime, Energy and Technical sectors you will be able to change jobs and careers throughout your life and you should start or continue your journey thinking that you might end up in a position that you never thought possible to reach. Career choices will be changed by numerous factors including here outside influences such as the changing nature of the job market and personal life situation.
It is very important to try and understand these factors before taking a decision but the situation can be complex with interlinked factors and can change rapidly over time. The way you approach career planning is likely to be the same as you approach other aspects of your life and the way you take important decisions.
Career planning is a process which will put you in control of your future career succes. This will allow you to make sense of the options that you really have and will enable you to make rational decisions regarding your future path. There is long term career development and there is picking a job, a career path when you graduate. Believe it or not, planning will not only allow you to make informed decisions at the beginning of your professional life but also along the way when you will reach certain milestones.
Career planning is not only about being able to make a decision about a certain career move but also about implementing those decision to reach the result.
The more you know about a certain option the easier it is to understand if it is suitable or not, based on the previous collected information about yourself and your skills. Things that you might want to consider:
JOB - What kind of skills you need for the job ? Can you resist the normal working hours ? Can you progress to the rank you desire ? ( Ex. can you reach a Master position in a Norwegian Fleet ? What about in a Greek Fleet? Can you reach the top position on a Danish Drilling Rig? Can you open your own Ship Design agency in Netherlands? Can you become a DNV Surveyor? Can you secure a position in the Oil Supply Chain? Upstream or Downstream? ) What will be the most difficult moment on the job ? Can you overcome it? Thinking 10 years along the way you might want to ask yourself if the job will enable you to develop the skills that make your life more enjoyable.
The answer to all these questions exist. You just need to learn who to ask. ROMCREW BLOGGERS and ROMCREW CONSULTANTS are here to help you. Ask your questions about CAREER DEVELOPMENT sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and top professionals will answer in due time. Learn here what aspects you should take into consideration when writing a job application.
JOB MARKET - What kind of problems is the industry facing right now? Is the market in a downturn ? Who are the market players ? Can I identify all of them ? ( may be you should, but no stress we have them all here, indexed on the site) What kind of trends can I identify in the sector? What segments might be in demand in the next 5 years ? ( Spoiler : Offshore Wind)
We recommend that you Google the 1977 DOTS model of career decision making by Law and Watts. This as simple and in the same time as complex as it gets.
You will find that you have 4 simple steps to follow and everything will be clear for you, even if you have no ideea what you want to do in life, or if you have some ideea but you don't know how to proceed.
KNOW YOURSELF - A very important aspect of career decision making is figuring out what you like and what you are good at, and just as importantly, what you do not like. If you have little or no employment experience consider your wider life experience but be frank about it because lying to yourself can be dangerous. Along with this you need to consider your motivation for the job and what is the connection with your moral values. Because if you start doing a job only for the monetary reward you will end up miserable. There are thousands of examples of misfortunate persons that will never achieve great results just because they chose the wrong path.
We recommend that you speak to a Career Consultant that will help you start thinking critically about what you have to offer to the world.
EXPLORE OPTIONS - Most people are only aware of the career paths that are exposed to. So if for example you are a graduate of a Maritime Academy you will probably think that the sea-going jobs are the only option or at least a must for the first 5 years. We can tell you that you are wrong. Especially now, when the market is shifting and opportunities arise where there was nothing before. You may be surprised by the large number of careers you can relate to and you just don't know about. Exploring quality sources of career information that put real and valuable information on top along with reading interviews with top professionals that share their experiences can help you relate or not with a certain job.
DECISION MAKING - You should think about the sector you choose to go into, and consider the developments of the market and the future prospects within that particular sector. To make a well informed decision, you should read up-to-date articles about market predictions with an accent on what markets are in a growth cycle and which are in decline. For example at the moment when this career guide is written the Oil& Gas market is in decline for the last 3 years, showing oil barrel prices skydiving from 125$/barrel to 25$/barrel putting to stop most of the oil&gas exploration around the world. As a result of the lack of exploration there will be a lack of exploitation in the future this rendering big offshore fleets obsolete and a lack of contracts for the highly specialized offshore technical vessels ( pipe-lay, drilling, construction, subsea, diving support, etc). On the other hand the Cruise Industry is registering high numbers, a large number of vessels being built and refitted to serve different purposes. These are just 2 examples. If you have a particular question about a certain Industry Segment ROMCREW CONSULTANTS are happy to answer.
TAKING ACTION - This is the part where you need to take actual physical steps towards your goal. You need to secure relevant work experience and to consider what skills you need to develop to make yourself more employable in the future. If you spend time in the working environment without knowing what you want to achieve in the future, there are 99% chances that the skills you develop by chance will not be suitable or enough for you to pursue your ultimate goal. This may sound easy and logical but lots of working people have problem knowing what they need to do to secure a promotion, or to secure a job with a better company. Besides technical knowledge a professional must be proficient in several soft skills to be able to get promoted into management or to take leadership of a team.