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BALIWAG MARITIME ACADEMYKm.54Cagayan Valley Road, Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan“Benefits, Challenges, and Coping Strategies on Pursuing Maritime Education”Abstract, Background of the Study, SOP, hypothesis & Scope and DelimitationIn Partial Fulfillment of the requirements in Inquiries, Investigations, andImmersionBy:Antonio, Christian DaveMendoza, John AshlieMercado, Justin M.Santos, Christian Altair S.Vijandre, Mar JamesDecember 2019
AbstractThis is an exploratory study that aims to develop a critical understanding and prepare thebasis of improvement for seafaring life in its interaction with and within the changing globalenvironment and to explore alternative approaches to the prevailing trends in seafaring lifestylefrom the perception of the seafarers themselves affected by the challenges and opportunities forlife that is worth living". This study presents the seafaring work patterns, lifestyle and how thisaffects their well-being and that of their family from the BMA cadets' perspective. The paperpresents the points of views of the BMA cadets in terms of how they and their family cope upwith these work patterns; the attraction career; the potential difficulties and problem areas andsome coping strategies and sources of support from the family in ascertaining a healthy, secureand happy environment to the seafarer whether at home or at sea.Background of the StudyFei & Lu (2014) noted, research indicates that the worldwide shortage of qualifiedseafarers has been due to the rapidly increasing world merchant fleet on the one hand and thedifficulty of attracting and retaining people in the industry.According to Kalvaitiene and Sencila (2011), the motives of choosing profession of thegreat majority of young people were determined by economic, social and psychological factors.It is proved statistically that if the student chooses profession following his emotions, interest inthe profession and understanding of the advantages of professions, his studies are more effective,than if he chooses profession accidentally or influenced by his/her family or relatives.Seafaring profession has traditionally been considered a romantic profession amongyoung people, but in today's labor market has dramatically changed priorities of career choices.At present, the maritime industry has more than 40 thousand vacancies, in addition to thegrowing trend. If the recent level of sailors (rating) applies for a job from Asia and otherdeveloping countries, than the shipping officers with University level are particularly difficult torecruit for crew shipping companies. We may mention the orientation efforts of the Academywith high school students to attract them in a sector with low unemployment rates and the jobguidance and identification of opportunities during their training period (Barbare & Berzins,2013).
Pallis et.al (2011) opined, that shipping (notably tankers, dry bulks and containers) standsout as the ideal professional paths within the maritime industries. Another key finding is that thecurrent marketing strategies of the institutions are rather irrelevant. This paper provides a solid