Should a young naval architect and marine engineer prefer seagoing experience over newbuildings projects during the first steps of her/his career?
Each one offers insight on different aspects of the industry. Seagoing experience leads to better understanding of vessel’s management and daily operations.
Newbuilding experience leads to better understanding of the vessel structure, engineering and architecture as well as the shipyard management and operations.
The first one is really useful for someone who will take up a role in a management company.
The second will offer in a short time a deeper understanding of how/why things are made.
A bit of both would give someone very good grounds for building further experience in any industry sector.