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The sectors of maritime, science and engineering include an extensive range of occupations including yacht designer, environmental consultant, ship broker and mechanical engineer.
Undertaking placements and internships will develop skills, establish industry contacts, generate opportunities and provide evidence for applications and interviews.
Relevant work experience is often essential to career development and increasingly an employer expectation.
For a list of online sources of sector careers information and work opportunities visit the built environment, engineering and yacht design and maritime and geography pages in CareerBox (Solent Online Learning log-in required).
To explore a broader range of careers, visit the Prospects website of articles related to what can I do with my degree? and the sectors of engineering and manufacturing, property and construction, environment and agriculture, energy and utilities, transport and logistics.
Make sure you have registered with Solent Graduate Jobs to search for opportunities and receive email notification of vacancies in your sector/s of interest.
Open the following sections for more detailed information on specific types of placement.
The maritime sector is a major employer in the UK, 'with over 113,000 people directly employed in the sector and estimates that as many as 239,200 people are employed by ports, shipping and business services alone' (Department for Transport, 2015).
Within shipping and maritime, opportunities could be in: the merchant navy-engineering or deck officers, coastguard (National Careers, 2016), vessel operation and mechanical engineering (Faststream, 2016). Commercial shipping jobs includes: chartering, operations, legal, broking and offshore jobs such as surveyors (Navis consulting, 2016).
For more information about jobs in shipping and maritime, see the following links:
Having a placement will enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a real work place, whilst gaining professional experience and graduate skillls.
Consider making a speculative application to any of these listed companies, asking about the possibility of having a placement with them. Tailor your CV and covering email/letter to the organisation and positively describe the skills, experience and knowledge you would bring to such a position. These companies have all employed SSU students in a shipping related placement:
The Discover Southampton website describes the city as the ‘Cruise Capital of the UK’ (2015). Companies with Southampton based offices that you may want to approach about placements are:
There are also shipping and maritime job search agencies which are worth looking into as they have a wide range of opportunities that may appeal to you. For example:
By undertaking work experience, you’ll obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry and increase your chances of achieving a graduate job. See below for some companies that have previously employed SSU graduates:
The yacht industry is growing and most companies operate on an international level, with superyacht sales increasing year on year (Boat International, 2015).
A Southampton Solent University (SSU) report for maritime employers, ‘Yacht design and production’, stated that students and new graduates required more practical experience and that graduates should be ‘work ready’.
Having a placement will enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a real work place whilst gaining professional experience and graduate skills.
The companies listed below have all offered some aspect of experience of employment to SSU students. Make a speculative application to any of these employers, asking about the possibility of having a placement with them.
Tailor your CV and covering email/letter to the organisation and positively describe the skills, experience and knowledge you would bring to such a position.
The yacht industry is quite niche and many placement opportunities are not advertised, so developing connections through LinkedIn, your tutors and wider networks is vital.
Consider approaching these regional companies:
By undertaking work experience, you’ll obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry and increase your chances of achieving a graduate job.
See below for some more job roles and companies that employed SSU graduates:
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