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In conjunction of celebrating World Maritime Day 2016, James hopes this article of his sailing story will be an eye-opener to the youths today about the exciting careers and opportunities at sea.

Name: James TH Foong

Current role: Student, New Zealand Maritime School

James TH Foong, a Malaysian, is currently taking his advance studies in New Zealand, which enabled him to meet different people around the world from mixed cultures, changing his whole perception on life - increasing his confidence, independence and decision making.

Going to sea at 19 was an excellent career choice for me – it was a great opportunity to learn, travel and gain qualifications that are internationally recognised. It’s a rewarding career path for anyone who enjoys an active, outdoor, healthy lifestyle. It can also be a very lucrative career option.

Keen to progress his maritime career, James is currently studying towards a Mate’s/Master qualification at the New Zealand Maritime School. He aims to complete his Class 1 Unlimited (Master Foreign Going) Certificate of Competency by the end of 2016.

James is no stranger to the sea, showing there are great long term careers available. In 2007, at the age of 19, James started sailing with the Merchant Navy as a deck cadet in MISC Berhad (Malaysia International Shipping Corporation) under the Company cadet sponsorship program.

Today, as a 2nd Officer for the Merchant Navy, James reckons his current role as Navigating Officer as his best job so far. James is also a member of The Nautical Institute and The Royal Institute of Navigation, United Kingdom.

While he had to overcome challenges at work such as paper work and navigating through rough weather at sea, such challenges have been trumped by the types of opportunities you will never get in an office job such as a beautiful sunrise/sunset, dolphins and whales. All reasons why James recommends you should consider a career at sea!

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