For anyone that has been reading my blog for a few years, you’ll know I’ve had a few jobs since I started writing and taking pictures. Some steps out of necessity, and some out of the lack of a better option. Last week however, I made a made a move both out necessity and out of choice. I was laid off for the second time in roughly a year due to lack of work, which comes with the territory at some companies, and seeing as I knew it was coming it kick started some ideas rolling around in my head. A few phone calls and physical later I was on my way to a new employee orientation and straight to a boat captained by a friend from home.
So far I’ve been more than happy with the experience and the new work. My new employer deals strictly with petroleum transport, and does so with a fleet of tugs with an average age that is for once not only younger than my father but also far younger than myself. They have an easy to use electronic log and ships business system, and I’ve enjoyed getting into the swing of things.
All in all I am very happy to have taken the plunge yet again, and have gotten lucky to land with a great crew right off the bat. Combine that with a couple friends in the fleet and it really feels like we’re getting the band back together.
I don’t regret working for my previous employer; I learned a diverse skill set that has given me the foundation to succeed in a lot of places. I was exposed to two different ports and a variety of equipment and crews. However it was definitely time for some stability, something that has been sorely lacking in my professional life for a long time. That professional stability as anyone in this industry can tell you, also means stability at home. Which at the end of the day is most important thing in life.