Once in a lifetime experience
Able Seaman First Class (Former Employee) – Plymouth, Devon – 26 February 2018
Excellent career to have in your younger years, culture may be harder to keep up with as the years go on! I didn't see it as a 'job' more of a lifestyle as it involves every aspect of your life. No work/life balance at all but you know what you are signing up for.
Travel, social life and experiences at work are unique to this environment and something you could never get in 'civvy street'.
Pay isn't great but the free accommodation and food whilst living onboard ship make up for this.
Depending on branch specialisation promotion can be non existent despite being motivated.
Hardest part of the job is obvisously long periods away from loved ones.
Most enjoyable aspects are the camraderie, travel and excitment of not knowing what every day brings.
Camraderie, travel/life experience.
No opportunity for advancement in some areas.