Deciding to take up a seaman’s life is not like making just any choice, but is rather a matter of choosing to follow a walk of life. It is a commitment that requies sacrifice and dedication.
Those who are just starting out, or may have already started out, must set goals and take every opportunity to learn while on board ship because the knowledge and all the facilities for enhancing seafaring skills are freely available there.
Take your work seriously and think of the future – not just today – and spend only what is necessary and save for the future.
The life of a seaman is a day-to-day affair. Today you are a seaman, tomorrow you may not be. Learn your trade by heart and do not take things for granted, no matter how small, for your life on board depends on things both great or small.
Being a seaman is not permanent. Anything can happen anytime that may change the course of your life, so be prepared for any everntuality, be desciplined in everything you do, especially in making decisions.
One wrong step may cost you your future and those of your family and loved ones.