Careers At Sea

Be equipped for life

No matter how fast the world changes, a career at sea will stand you in excellent stead. It starts with funded learning and specialist training, both at sea and on-shore. Along the way you'll work with cutting-edge technologies, developing a raft of practical and technical skills. And find yourself equipped with the confidence to lead a team, take charge and enjoy living life to the full. Because, with a career at sea, time off is measured in weeks and months — not days.

Sound good so far? Take a look at the opportunities and pathways to careers in the Merchant Navy. And find out where a job at sea could take you.

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Whether you see yourself as a Deck or Electro-technical Officer, an Engineer or part of a cruise ship crew, we'll show you the way. Merchant Navy training blends hands-on learning on board a shipping industry vessel, and university- or college-based study. With course fees and living costs covered by your sponsor.

At every step there's support to make the best of your talents. You'll come away with professional seafaring certificates, an educational qualification and technical skills — the start of a maritime career full of international travel and incredible journeys. Where will a career at sea take you?

How to apply
Life is an adventure

Inspiring a new generation

Being part of 21st-century seafaring turns everyday work into extraordinary adventures. But don’t just take our word for it. Speak to one of our lively and inspirational ambassadors at your school or youth group by requesting a visit.

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Follow your bright light

Where do you see yourself?

From prestigious cruise liners to high-tech bulk carriers - every ship is different. Along with the range of roles on board. You could be a Navigation (Deck) Officer or an Engine Room Rating, a member of a catering crew or an engineering team.

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Let's go explore

Time to find out more?

Worldwide travel. A close-knit team. Skills to last a lifetime. These are just some of the things that inspire people to embark on a career at sea. Read the stories to find out more about life and work in the Merchant Navy, at every level.

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Careers at Sea are delighted to announce the following awards:

  • 'To Sea or Not to Sea'

    Winner, Best Association Video
  • Careers at Sea Ambassadors

    Effective Voice Of The Year

Our Careers at Sea Ambassadors were shortlisted for:

  • International Association Awards 2017

    Shortlisted, Effective Voice
  • Seatrade Awards: Investment in People

    Investment In People

This site was recreated with thanks to Trinity House Maritime Charity funding.