Puteri Zainal Abidin – Maritime Business graduate

"I chose the University of Plymouth because of its reputation in the maritime field and the vast knowledge and experience of the lecturers in the University."

"I also knew that University of Plymouth maritime degrees are recognised amongst employers, thus the job opportunities post-graduation would be vast. As the degree is also accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, I felt even more confident in pursuing my degree in Plymouth."

My journey after graduation

"After I graduated, I went back home to Singapore. Due to COVID-19, and in the midst of lockdown, I could not travel anywhere so, when I returned home, I expected that I would not be able to find a job for at least six months."

"But, after just two months, I got a job in sales support for a leisure boating company. Even though it was a short-term contract, I still got to work in something that was related to my field."

Securing a role at Jurong Port

"Now, I am working for Jurong Port in Singapore as an executive handling the Cement, Ready-Mixed Concrete, and PPVC cargoes. My roles include liaising with external stakeholders, assisting in the planning of building a ready-mixed concrete terminal, and ensuring the smooth operation in terminals."

"It is an interesting and fun work environment, as the construction industry in Singapore is important and booming. I can see first-hand how the operations work, and how my liaising with different parties ensure that the customers receive their cargoes on time."

"It is a good mix of operations and commercial work. In the port, or at least in the maritime industry, it is very different than your typical work office, as there are different challenges you have to face almost every day – which makes the work even more interesting."

"The most striking aspect from my studies were the reports and projects I did in Plymouth. These days I am also writing reports, so the ones I worked on at the University really helped me to plan, structure and write. The University projects also helped me with various people and get my ideas across better."

Relaxing in Britain's Ocean City

"I always liked the calming environment I experienced when I was in Plymouth."

"During my free time, either to relieve some stress or just when I needed a break from studying, I used to take a walk on the Hoe."

"Most often I spent time with my friends – hanging out, playing some games, or just walking around and exploring Plymouth together."

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My advice to other international students

"I would encourage anyone planning to study at the University of Plymouth to enjoy their time in the city, and remember to relax and not just focus on their studies!"

"In Plymouth, there is a vibrant nightlife so they should enjoy that too. And, if they have any questions during their studies, they should not be afraid to ask their lecturers, who are so happy to help, and who have vast knowledge in the maritime industry."