San Diego or Hawaii for job hunt?

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hawsepipsqueak in Bossier City, Louisiana

43 months ago

I'm a newbie. I've got my MMC, TWIC, STCW-95 basic safety, Open Water Scuba cert, Food & Alcohol handling certs, and have taught myself knot-tying. College educated, experienced in computers and hand/power tools. A mature adult and hard worker. But no sea-time.

I'm trying to start working on a boat anyway I can, doing whatever I can. My plan is to move to either San Diego or Hawaii and start walking the docks, putting in applications to companies and agencies, even cruise ships and oil rigs. Looked into the Military Sealift Command but they aren't hiring entry-level right now. The unions don't sound too promising from what I've gathered.

Of these two locations, which is my best bet for finding work? Would you suggest somewhere else?

Thanks for any advice and insight.

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