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Jon Howden

Jon, 28, joined the Yachtmaster Traineship with the vague idea of a career change in mind. Since then, things have really moved on. Jon describes what happened next:

Before the course I'd sailed a little but was largely unaware of decisions and the forces at play behind those relaxing days afloat. Now it's not such a big mystery after all - and it's a lot more fun when you know which 'piece of string' you're supposed to be pulling on!

A career on the water

The experience suited me down to the ground, and proved to be so enjoyable, that a career on the water was the only way forward.

After some research I found the best way for me to gain more commercial qualifications and experience was to get graduate entry as a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy. This I am now doing through a sponsored degree course in Southampton.

Idyllic dream

My ambitions are along the lines of Ship's Captain and Master Mariner in due course, but always with that idyllic dream of one day skippering a superyacht in some exotic location ........ well someone's got to do it ...

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