The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - University trip to the South West Branch’s annual dinner in Cardiff

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - University trip to the South West Branch’s annual dinner in Cardiff

Another amazing part of doing a maritime business degree at Plymouth University is the chance to sit the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers on campus. These provide an industry-wide standard of expertise for young professionals covering a wide range of industrial topics ranging from Tanker Chartering to Marine Insurance or Ship Agency.

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Why I chose my undergraduate degree

Why I chose my undergraduate degree

For me, it has been all about ships and the sea as far as I can think back and this is really the reason why I am where I am now, studying Maritime Business and Maritime Law at Plymouth University. I grew up in the coastal city of Kiel (Germany) during large parts of my childhood, just next to the Kiel Canal, a very busy connection between the Baltic and North sea. Stopping at the canal and watching the ships pass by has always been a must for me. I still remember how fascinated I was when my grandfather explained to me all about ships when visiting him in his hometown Cuxhaven at the entrance of the Elbe river leading to Hamburg.

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A University trip to London

A University trip to London

You probably know how fun trips with fellow students can be. Combining that fun with practical involvement in the maritime industry was an opportunity I got on a field trip to London at the start of this March which our program manager traditionally organises for third years. It involved a visit to the International Maritime Organisation, the maritime UN agency, and a session with shipbrokers Braemar to learn more from practitioners about what is going on in the shipping markets at the moment whilst having a discussion about maritime careers. 

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The benefits of student life in the UK as a European student

The benefits of student life in the UK as a European student

Today’s student life in the UK has its preferences. It leaves free time to travel Europe on a budget and enjoy the summer - in the office during an internship or at home. Throughout my three years in Plymouth I have always tried to get the maximum out of my student life by being as busy as possible, which included plenty of work experience in the summer, regular trips to London and visits to European cities when the opportunity was there. This post gives you a brief review of each European city I have visited from different perspectives - as an intern and as a visitor...

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How to survive exam periods

How to survive exam periods

Having just finished three exams for the first semester of my third year, I think it is important to get a few words out about the reality of exam revision and how to best face it. Without doubt, the weeks before exams are the most busy time of the year but they don’t necessarily have to be stressful. I will try to give a few tips on how to best prepare for exams based on my own experience and issues...

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