Gain work experience
Depending on the specialism chosen for your degree and whether you are sponsored or not, you may have the opportunity to spend a year at sea (or more) as part of your degree which will greatly boost your employability skills and your appeal to employers. Provided their performance placements meet employers’ expectations, many students do end up working for their sponsoring company on graduation
Plymouth is ideally situated offer you a myriad of additional opportunities to explore the maritime sector and develop extra skills by getting involved in maritime-related extra-curricular activities, all of which will help to develop relevant skills which will interest employers when you graduate.
Clubs and societies
If you have time, getting involved with sports and societies demonstrates that you are engaged and someone who seeks out opportunities to try new things and develop. Involvement with Clubs and Societies also help to improve your teamwork, communication and negotiation skills. Committee members develop leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills and will gain experience of meetings, handling funds, and society promotion
You may choose to join a society
that is specifically linked to navigation and maritime science or take the opportunity to explore the huge range of clubs, societies and sports
, all of which can help you to broaden your horizons and explore new interests.
Tutor and academic support
Your tutor and other academic staff are an excellent source of support for your career development. They will have experience and contacts across industry and academia, so do approach them for advice and insights into careers you are considering. Your tutor will ultimately be writing references for your employment or further study applications, therefore establishing a positive relationship with this person is invaluable.