A seafarer's life on a container ship may not be the easiest lifestyle or working environment, but few mariners would argue that working in maritime jobs isn't rewarding. Of course, long months spent at sea and away from home may feel isolating but most would agree that the benefits of life on the ocean wave far outweigh any perceived drawbacks.

Life at sea and working in maritime jobs

There’s no denying that working in jobs at sea is not always a piece of cake: long hours, living in close quarters and manual labor are part and parcel of the job. But in this life at sea article we’d like to focus on the positives of careers at sea - and there are many!

You get to experience the thrill of adventure, the mind-opening joy of travel, and the feeling of being at one with Mother Nature. The same can’t be said for working in an office, that’s for sure!

Another big plus of life at sea is the sense of belonging to a close-knit community which naturally develops over the time you spend on board. While it would be naive to suggest that absolutely everyone in the crew is going to get along like the proverbial house on fire, it would be true to say that many firm friendships are made while working on contracts for maritime jobs.

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And while seafarers do have to deal with the occasional bout of loneliness knowing that their friends and family are thousands of miles away, a surrogate family of other mariners will be there to offer support and understanding.  

And it can be those friendships that make all the difference. People you may have never crossed paths with before could become friends for life - all thanks to both of you both choosing careers at sea.

Opportunities to spend time with, and get to know, seafarers of different ages, backgrounds, races and beliefs are many. Making the effort to overcome language barriers and socialize with your fellow shipmates can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life on a container ship.

Training and education to further your maritime career

Of course hanging out, playing cards or watching movies with your buddies on board is only one part of a seaman’s life and on a professional level, the satisfaction gained from seeing your knowledge and skills grow will be immense.

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Yes the working hours can be long and some daily tasks may feel repetitive but many vessels and ship operators will offer the opportunity for on the job maritime training and education.

From learning navigation at sea to trigonometry in marine engineering to coding and programming to solving navigation math problems - the scope for adding new accomplishments to your maritime resume through working in jobs at sea is wide and varied.

And of course, the more accomplished and well rounded your seafarer resume, the more likely it is you will be able to move up the ranks and achieve promotion. Maybe your interest in mathematics for marine engineers will help you climb the ladder of careers at sea.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to brush up on your tech skills and become more involved in that area. After all, like the majority of industries, the shipping sector is not immune to the onslaught of technology either.

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It takes character to succeed in maritime jobs

To summarize, most seafarers would willingly admit that it takes a certain type of personality to be able to cope with both life at sea and working in jobs at sea. Nobody is saying that cadets can’t miss their friends back home or that for a marine engineer family life has to be shoved to one side for months at a time.

But the ability to stay upbeat and resilient during a voyage will most definitely stand seafarers in good stead and enable you to make the most of what can be a truly unique, character and career building experience.

Martide help you find your next contract at sea

Looking for your next contract? At Martide we are currently recruiting and have open maritime jobs for some of the shipping industry's most prestigious clients.

You can find our shipping vacancies on our website's maritime jobs board or for even more convenience, download our mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play for anytime, anywhere careers at sea at your fingertips!