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Buck Cantwell

Cadet at California Maritime Academy

Posted 2/18/2016 8:53:13 AM

Buck Cantwell

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Buck Cantwell
California State University Maritime Academy
Major: Marine Transportation / license track cadet

Why this school?
Cal Maritime appealed to me because of its location in my home state of California and because it offers up-to-date training from experienced maritime professionals in its classrooms, in state-of-the-art simulators and on the Training Ship Golden Bear. There are plenty of opportunities to gain the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for working in the maritime industry. Also, the career center offers valuable support for graduates seeking employment.

What keeps you here?
Cal Maritime is providing me with a quality education that I believe will lead to a fulfilling career.  I have found the members of the teaching faculty to be very supportive and generous with their time between classes. The location of the campus in the San Francisco Bay Area offers plenty of off-campus recreational activities and job opportunities.

What is your major and what career do you intend to pursue?
I am majoring in marine transportation and look forward to starting work as a third mate after graduating at the end of 2016. Being new to the industry, there is a lot I have yet to experience, but at this point I am interested in sailing blue water. For commercial cruise, I sailed as a cadet aboard an oil tanker. It was a great experience, and I felt that the variety of responsibilities assumed by the ship’s officers made the job interesting. I would love to find a position aboard a tanker after graduation.

What one thing should prospective employers know about you?
I am entering the maritime industry a bit later in life than most. I’ve had a variety of different jobs since earning my first bachelor’s degree, but I’ve never considered any of them a “career” so to speak. I was led to the maritime industry by a desire to find a specialized field of work that I was genuinely interested in; that I could devote myself to for the long term. While I do hope to make a decent living, for me, a job has to be more than just a paycheck. This is a career that I am excited about, and I look forward to developing my skills as a ship’s officer.

Tell us about your sea training or internships – who did you work or sail with?
I feel fortunate to have sailed with Alaska Tanker Company for my commercial cruise. I was impressed by the culture of safety and the commitment to preventing damage to the environment that existed within the company and aboard the vessel. Witnessing the principles and practices I have been learning at the academy being applied on a commercial vessel confirmed that the education I am receiving is relevant in today’s maritime industry.