I think, when I was about 16, I realised that whatever I chose to do for a profession would have a large effect on my life since so much of life is spent at work - and I wanted to do something adventurous and interesting.
It was suggested to me that I should consider the Merchant Navy. I could train as an engineer on a cargo ship, travel the world, and have paid sponsorship while I attended college...so I applied and was accepted while only 17 years old. However, when I became a qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch, these companies offered little training and required me to spend 4 months on board with 2 months vacation.
I sought employment still working as an Engineering Officer, but within the Oil & Gas industry, but with a company who would invest in training and had technologically advanced vessels, and so I applied to Polarcus in 2011, but I didn't have enough experience. I then worked in the Offshore Platform Supply sector, gaining experience as an Engineering Officer, requesting as much training as possible (while still sending applications to Polarcus approximately every 6 months both Engineering and Mechanical jobs!) . Finally in 2013 the time was right and I joined Polarcus in 2013 Trainee induction. Now I still get to travel the world, but I also get to work on technologically advanced vessels and have lots of opportunity for professional development.
I am hoping to become 2nd Engineer within 2 years, and ultimately Chief Engineer.