The Sea Cadets gave me my first insight into a career in the Merchant Navy. I always knew I would never settle for an office job. I want to see the world and get paid for it – so a job at sea seemed like the perfect fit.
I chose the Electro Technical Officer (ETO) Foundation Degree because I’ve always been interested in how things work. My dad helped me develop my knowledge and interest in electronics, as I worked by his side for many years and spent some time at his electronics company.
I’ve only just started my course, but already the hands-on, practical element of my studies is what I enjoy most. It’s really rewarding to face new challenges each day and I’ve surprised myself by how much I’ve learned.
It’s been a challenging few months, both academically and physically. I’ve met some great friends and pushed myself to new limits. My excitement for what the future holds is driving me to do as well as I can.
I haven’t worked at sea yet, but my first phase will be onboard floating accommodation vessels supporting the offshore energy industry. I’m very close to my family and friends, so it’s a bit daunting to be away from them for long periods. But they’re really happy to see me doing something that I love.