Why did you choose a Cadetship?
Prior to choosing the cadetship I was previously part of the Sea Cadets in which I gained knowledge in marine engineering as well as experience on the sea. After looking into cadetships, I decided to complete an electrical engineering course due to the ever-advancing technology in which would work well in the future. As well as having previous experience I also had a family member in the industry where I was able to gain knowledge and have an insight to what it is like to be a marine engineer which led me to the cadetship.
What have you liked most about your training so far and why?
So far, I have completed my first sea phase aboard Sky Princess that has been an amazing experience in terms of using the knowledge previously from the college and getting hands on experience. I have enjoyed every moment since joining the ship and I am looking forward to starting my second sea phase at the end of this year.
What challenges have you experienced so far in your cadetship and how have you overcome them?
During my time on-board I was met with some challenges being that it was a large ship to familiarise with but, with the help of the team at Princess Cruises I was able to progress and be more confident in familiarising with the ship. Another challenge I overcame was the different cultures but again being that on-board everyone was very welcoming and respecting I was able to feel comfortable and confident whilst training on-board in becoming an engineer.
What is your favourite memory from your time at sea so far?
So far, being on-board gaining knowledge as well as practical experience in training to be an officer has been the most amazing experience that I will never forget. Towards the end of my sea phase I was able to get an insight into an overhaul on one of the main generators that has expanded my knowledge to the operation and internal components of such advanced technology.
Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?
In the future I would like to continue gaining vast knowledge as well as practically to allow me to continue progressing through the ranks in becoming a confident and passionate Chief Engineer.
What would you say to someone thinking about starting their career at sea?
It has been such a great opportunity as you are able to work in a team with a variety of cultures and take responsibility where you are able to gain confidence as an individual. I would definitely recommend the cadetship to anyone looking to start a career in this industry as it has been the best career I have chosen.