HomeTIP Research Journal Manilavol. 5 no. 1 (2000)

Marine Cadets and their Decisions: Inputs for Intervention Program Development

Joaquin M. Lopez, Jr.

Discipline: Maritime Industry



The research study aimed to determine what possible intervention development program can be initiated for Maritime cadets in relation to their decisions to pursue the maritime profession. The research study utilized random sampling and interviewed TIP Maritime cadets who were about to finish their academic requirements. Also, graduates from various maritime schools from different parts of the country who have completed their prescribed apprenticeship on board foreign ships and graduates who were ready to take the board examinations and those who had taken the required OIC Board Examinations were likewise interviewed.

The results of the qualifying examinations given by various shipping companies revealed that 44 out 160 Marine Transportation graduates and 45 out of 132 Marine Engineering graduates passed the examinations. Also, 202 out of 667 Marine Transportation graduates and 79 out of 250 Marine Engineering graduates have undergone apprenticeship. However, the board examination results revealed that institutional passing percentages varied from year to year, and the highest  passing percentage was 75%.

In their last year of academic studies, marine students are required to undergo rigid competency trainings such as seminars and on-the job trainings to increase their knowledge and develop their skills to prepare them for the qualifying and entrance examinations. Cadets are also oriented on the requirements of the different local and international shipping companies. However, the percentage of passers of these examinations was not so bad as the below average passers was 17.3% while the average passers was 21%.