At the Docks on colonised islands you will see a noticeboard nearby:
The noticeboard is a pirate's most valuable tool. Click on the noticeboard to bring up information on Voyages available with player crews, Game News, Island Events, Shoppe employment, Missions and Blockades.
The News tab is an important reference for keeping up to date on the goings on within the game. Important updates and announcements will be listed in the News from the Captain section. In addition to that the News has a list of upcoming ocean events run by players and Ocean Masters, community news and other items of interest.
Missions are the starting point for a new Pirate. Each Mission will give you a short, self-contained activity. Most importantly the different kinds of Mission highlight different opportunities and ways to have fun in the Puzzle Pirates world.
See the section on missions for more information.
Featured Shoppe Jobs
The noticeboard also displays featured crafting job offers on the island. The jobs listed are often your best bet for gainful employment in that port, but if you try a few times you may see different offers
Clicking the "Go" button whisks you straight to the shoppe or stall for more details. See Taking a Job for more information on shoppe jobs, and note that on subscription oceans only subscribers can take them, on doubloon oceans you will need a labor badge.
The next tab over from the Featured Shoppe Jobs is the Blockade Status. This lets you know of any Blockades taking place or scheduled to begin anywhere in the ocean, and has a brief tally of the scores.