Ship to Shore

Ship to Shore

 21 Feb 2019

Top Tips for taking the leap from Ship to Shore
Once you have finally made the decision to move from a sea-based position to a shore-based job you need to be prepared for the changes and challenges ahead and have surpassed that “just one more contract”. 
You have just been used to living, eating and sleeping in your workplace for the past so many months and working long hours and doing long contracts without having days off.  You have gone through constant training and worked alongside other employees from other nationalities & religions.  Health and safety has been a high priority.
Yes, it will be difficult to adjust, however preparing yourself mentally and a bit of perseverance will help.  Do your research and find out what career path is available to you, what salary you should expect, location of workplace and what is the best company to apply to.
Bear in mind the following:
Cooking - You may have been used to having your meals prepared for you, now it’s time to go back to making your own meals.
Money – It won’t go very far because by the time you buy food, pay for petrol, pay bills (i.e. gas, electric, insurance), pay for travel to/from work, living expenses and of course now the tax man will be taking a cut of your salary….booooo!
Weather – Having the luxury of going to sunny /warm climates you need to get used to acclimatising again to your new conditions.
Working hours – If you have been working on a rotation basis or a set amount of hours each day you may be in an office working Monday to Friday possibly 9-5 and maybe on call evenings/weekends but hey at least you can go home at the end of each day and spend more time with friends and family. 
New job – new rules and new procedures which you will have to learn and adapt to all over again.  Do some research and try and find what profession/business you want to get into.  Be aware when applying to shoreside roles that you may have transferable/soft skills that you can utilise, hard work and being dedicated is the key.  Of course going from ship to shore you would have had to use communication skills, working as part of a team, being a good listener.
It may be beneficial to have some money saved - Be prepared you may not just walk into a shore based high position/role straight away and it may take some time for you to get into that high position job that you really want.  Bear in mind you may have to take a step down to learn more about that company in order to make your way back up that ladder again. 
Don’t be a quitter if things don’t work out straight away or as soon as you would have liked when looking for a shore based role just persevere and give it your best shot – it’s always too easy to think at the back of your mind I will just go back and do another contract!  However, there is nothing wrong with keeping your certificates and training up to date if your circumstances changed again in the future and you did go back to sea.


There is also accommodation to consider and factor into your income. Unless you can successfully commute some employers want you to live close to the office.
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 20:31 by Ron Aird

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