Video

Subscribe to Feed

    Subscribe to RSS feed via email:


Contact

NMCI Services,
National Maritime College of Ireland,
Ringaskiddy,
Co. Cork,
Ireland

Telephone: 021-4335609
Fax: 021-4335696
E-mail: mailto:services@nmci.ie

Connect with NMCIS

  • Linkedin
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Blog

Twitter

NMCI Services

Staff at the NMCI were invited to tour the LE George Bernard Shaw today. Our thanks to Captain Frank O'Connor and Lt. Cmdr. Trisha Butler for a fantastic tour @naval_service #LEGeorgeBernardShaw #NMCI #cork pic.twitter.com/YJahMwc9FP

Archive

Recent Posts:

Categories:

Tags:

Press Releases:

February Feature: From Cork to the Caribbean

Posted: February 6, 2018

Our February feature shines the spotlight on Darragh Keane, a recent Seafarers Safety Course delegate with SEFtec NMCI Offshore (SNO). We talk to Darragh and ask why he chose to apply for the course and see how things have changed for him since.

Darragh Keane, ready for his new Superyacht career

 

With a background in mechanics Darragh Keane was looking for a new career, potentially one that involved travel and a new lifestyle. While on a ships visit to see his brother, a 2nd engineer with P&O Cruises, Darragh was inspired that this could be just the career he was looking for. Getting an understanding of how the ship operated from deck to engine, the crew’s roles and responsibilities Darragh decided to investigate how he too could work at sea.

Originally thinking he might have to go back to college for four years, Darragh spoke to friends who work at sea and with various recruiters to see what his alternative options were. He was advised to go and complete his basic STCW suite of courses as a first step.

A friend told him that SEFtec NMCI Offshore were running a Seafarers Safety Course with Cork Education Training Board (CETB) at the NMCI. This nine week course would include the STCW short courses that Darragh was required to have completed in advance of working at sea. It would also provide additional skills and certification that could enhance his chances of employment. He applied, was interviewed for and successfully earned one of the twelve places on the course.

I really enjoyed the course, in particular the physical elements such as being in the sea survival pool for the Personal Survival Techniques course”. What came as a surprise to Darragh was how much he enjoyed the Navigation training, “This was something I had thought in advance that I really wouldn’t like, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this element of the course. My friends who are working at sea were really impressed with the quality and variety of the training we did during the nine weeks”.

After successfully completing the course Darragh applied for a job he saw on YachtSpot, which was advertised by Fast Stream. He was soon put forward for an interview for a position on-board a yacht as a junior deckhand. The job turned out to be on one of the longest and most expensive yachts in the world – worth an estimated $1.2 billion the vessel can play host to 30+ guests and has a compliment of 92 crew members.

Thrilled with this opportunity Darragh set about getting his visa, and very quickly received a 10 year B1/B2 visa for the USA. With his flights and transport taken care of by his new employers, Darragh sets off to the Caribbean to begin his new job this February.

If he could offer advice to anyone else looking to work in the Maritime/Superyacht industry Darragh recommends spending time on their CV to ensure it is structured correctly and stands out. As CV preparation was part of his Seafarers Safety Course, Darragh just had to ensure he attached a good photograph to accompany his CV (choosing the photo was a harder task than he thought!). Coming across as personable in his interviews was also important to ensure his employers would know he would be both professional and a team player on board the yacht.

As he prepares to set off on his new adventure Darragh comments that with a bit of luck he has had as close to a perfect start to his new career than he could have possibly hoped for.

 

All the team at SEFtec NMCI Offshore wish Darragh the very best of luck in his new career!

 

Be Sociable, Share!

Posted In: News, NMCI Services

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *