Past Pupils - Nautical Science
My name is David O Driscoll, I completed the Leaving Certificate in Scoil Phobail Bhéara in 2016. I decided to study Nautical Science in the (NMCI) National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork. It is important to study what you’re really interested in at third level and not to pick courses purely based on the points system or based on colleges or friends. I was lucky to be awarded the Bantry Credit Union Scholarship for college which helped greatly with my third level education fees. I would strongly encourage students who work hard both in school and in the community to apply for it.
My family are largely involved in the maritime sector so as a result I developed a great interest in a career at sea. Nautical Science is a very interesting course, it has both a mixture of theory and practical based lectures which differs from a lot of third level courses. These include navigation, seamanship, bridge simulators and much more.
The 2nd year of this course is spent at sea gaining experience in the career of a deck officer. Many students who work hard and achieve good results will secure a sponsored cadetship. Sea based training is completed with the sponsoring company and you will continue to work for them once you have qualified. This is a major bonus as some students who qualify in other third level courses struggle to find jobs.
I am currently travelling the world with P&O cruises and Cunard line as a part of my cadetship and will return to college in 2020 for my final year. Cadets who get sponsorship will usually get paid a small training allowance monthly by their company which is very beneficial for your return to college and generally your college fees are paid for from year 2 onwards by your sponsoring company.
College life is great but unfortunately the NMCI is twenty minutes from CIT, its main campus. This makes clubs and societies more difficult to join however it is certainly still possible and students do travel to CIT via organised transport. Finding a good balance between college work and a social life is very important, you’re only young once. My future plans include hopefully progressing through the ranks up to Captain with Carnival UK and eventually become a lecturer of Nautical Studies.
My advice to students currently in secondary is to put the hard work in now and you will reap the rewards when you get to third level. It can be difficult to stay motivated at school and it may seem like an eternity but always remember you “can’t control the wind but you can adjust the sails”. Make the most of it.