The careers of merchant navy officers: the irresistible lure of the land
Numerous international studies have refuted the myth that the maritime transport industry attracts few young people. While it is estimated that there is a potential shortfall of 60,000 officers in the sector, it is, nevertheless, an area that offers good career opportunities. And yet France is struggling to attract school leavers wishing to train as seafaring officers.
Despite the development of short careers and the efforts being made to channel highschool students into para-maritime courses, slightly more than one third of the officers who graduate from the initial university-level training pathway pursue careers in the merchant navy. Ultimately, a large proportion of onboard command functions are assumed by officers who have obtained their tickets via the continuing training pathway.
This is undoubtedly another specific characteristic of the French maritime employment system, which owes its equilibrium to the diversity of its training pathways.