I’ve been researching Ryerson’s Certificate program in Image Arts: Photography. To get the certificate, I’d have to take about 10 courses and the total cost would be around 6000$ (courses, fees, and supplies… hard to say about how much supplies would be.)

Now I just have to figure out how to acquire that much money plus enough to live on in Toronto while I’m studying. Cruise line jobs might be the answer, if I can manage to not let them swallow me whole… Six months on a cruise line and then I’d have enough to pay tuition and live without having to get a job while I was in school. But again, I would have to not fall into the trap that Cruiseline jobs offer.

Why did the states just give ten billion dollars to help Israel’s economy? What about their own? Oh well, not my problem, I have no income so I pay no taxes, and I’m not in the states or Israel anyhow. I just don’t understand, but I can say that about a lot of things.

I’m still coughing. I thought it was going away, but it’s just lurking.


  • laquira

    March 20, 2003 at 1:03 pm

    Ahhhh.. a cruiseline job…I’ve only met a few people who’ve worked on a cruiseline. It seems like a lot of fun actually.
    Maybe I’ll quit my job and work on a cruiseline, and LET them swallow me whole..haha

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      March 20, 2003 at 2:01 pm

      Hehehe… Adam and I would be getting on the same ship, if we were to do this. And I could probably get something doing photography, and he’d be doing sound stuff.

      • laquira

        March 20, 2003 at 3:28 pm

        if it’s any good….Perhaps I’ll take a Cruise somewhere on your ship 🙂

        Although the freedom of a cruiseship would be wonderous, I actually like my job.
        even if it is killing me

  • stonedragon

    March 20, 2003 at 1:18 pm

    a question…

    What IS the cruise line trap?

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      March 20, 2003 at 1:59 pm

      Re: a question…

      Cruise ship jobs pay exceptionally well if you have the skills they’re looking for. Average for the type of job I’d be qualified for is about $2000 USD a month. That’s $3200 canadian a month. You don’t have to pay rent while you’re on the ship. You don’t pay for food, they cover that too. You basically have no expenses but stopovers at various ports. Work for six months, and you’ve got $19,000 or so, unless you’ve spent it on things like clothes, souvenirs, and other such things (which a lot of people i know have done. They have a nice wardrobe now.)

      The trap of it is being able to come off the ship and go back to a job that might pay $10.00 in a place where you have expenses like rent, food, bills, transportation, and so on. A lot of people get used to the high income of the cruise ships and just can’t take that step in a direction that feels like backwards. I’ve known a few people who couldn’t, and they only originally went into it so they could make money to pay off their student loans.

      Now, if you don’t want to settle down, and if you don’t mind living on a cruise line for a long time, then it’s not really a trap. I have other plans, though.

      • _devin_

        March 20, 2003 at 6:07 pm

        Re: a question…

        Sounds pretty neat. Do you have to have a college degree to be qualified for the good jobs? Some college? I’m interested. What lines were you considering applying for?

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          March 20, 2003 at 10:21 pm

          Re: a question…

          I’ve got some college, but not my diploma. I’d be looking at doing photography, though, since that’s my area of interest now and I think my portfolio would be sufficient. I could get a job doing live sound (or performing, for that matter,) which is what Adam would be looking into doing, since he got his degree in music industry arts (same one I took) and actually enjoys working in it (which I don’t.)

          There are other options (I’m not sure what specifically, since we focussed on the arts,) and I know they have lots of openings because the turnover’s pretty high. Even the not-great jobs pay fairly well, like food service and such. There is internet on the ships, though, so I know they’d need computer techs as well as stagehands, performers, photographers, and food service people.

          • _devin_

            March 21, 2003 at 1:27 am

            Re: a question…

            Still sounds interesting. Oh what I wouldn’t do for a techie job on a Cruise ship! 🙂 Sounds like an oxymoron almost to me. 🙁 I don’t have a degree or diploma either but am 7 frusterating courses away from getting one but need further money to continue.

            I looked into applying for a cruise ship position. You definetely need a passport. Do you have any ideas as to specific cruise lines to apply to or is there a central place you could apply to? Hmmm… My best guess would be to get a list of cruise line companies, and apply via the internet individually to each.