A few months ago a buddy of mine and I were talking about life, jobs, careers when I mentioned I was tired of the 8 – 5 grind. I expressed how tired I was of doing the same thing day after day. My buddy suggested a look into getting a job in the tugboat industry. You live on the boat, have chances for upward mobility, experience opens some rewarding career paths.
I got my TWIC card and physical then sent off for my Merchant Mariner Credential.
Then came the bad news, jobs in the tugboat industry are highly sought after. Being entry level makes things that much worse. Like all other industries tug companies want to high people with experience.
After 6 months of looking I was lucky to find an outfit willing to give me a chance.
I am 46 years old. I have at least another 20 years before I retire. This gives me enough time for another career and enough time to make some money before retirement.
This is a random video of a tugboat. What tands out is at around 3 minutes into the video the sun goes down, then you see the lights of the tug against the city lights, with the American flag flying high.
For the past 9 years I have been stuck at an office job working on computer related stuff. Just the typical stuff like unlocking users accounts, maintaining the company website, trouble shooting VPNs, just your usual tech related stuff.
When I was going to college I would have never guessed tech related stuff would suck so bad.
From 1986 to 1999 and again in 2003 – 2005 I worked in welding shops across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The pay and benefits were pretty bad. But at least at the end of the day I had something to show for my hard work. Whether it was fitting a 2:1 elliptical head on a pressure vessel or heat exchanger, building some nozzles, fitting a pass plate, building a shell cover or floating head,,,, there was something at the end of the day to see. Being able to see your work at the end of the day creates a sense of accomplishment.
With tech related work there is nothing to see at the end of the day. Not being able to see your completed work decreases job satisfaction. Job satisfaction finally reaches a point were you ask yourself, what am I doing here? What am I doing with my life? When I retire what kind of stories am I going to tell my grandkids?
For the past 3 months I have been applying for a tugboat deckhand position. I want to get outside and do something besides sit at a desk all day long.
When my kid were growing up I wanted a job where I was home everyday. I just could not imagine leaving my family for a week or more at a time. Now that my kids are grown it is time to do something for myself. It is time for something new, something where I get some kind of job satisfaction again.
I got my TWIC and Merchant Mariner Credential. Now it is just a matter of applying until I land a job.