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. Another highlight was the yearly networking event with our alumni organisation PYNDA organised around the trip, which provided a very useful platform to get some advice from former students who have actually made it where some of us want to be. So the yearly London field trip is really something I had been looking forward to throughout all my three years of University and I saw it as a reward of what we had achieved so far.
We left Plymouth on a Sunday arriving in the evening to what was described as a hostel near Kings Cross but appeared to be much more fun than that. On the first night, which was free for us, we got to know some other students coming from all over the world to stay in the hostel in order to visit London whilst testing the hostel's bar that also played some club music and had its own dance floor. Despite having an enjoyable first night in London, we had to wake up early in the morning to make it to the International Maritime Organisation and it was worth it. The best experience was probably being able to take pictures of ourselves in the Secretary General’s seat whilst listening to our guide telling us how the organisation's assemblies are organised. It followed the alumni event in Dicken’s Inn at St Katherine Docks, which proved a great event as I got to catch up with some contacts whilst making new ones that could all prove beneficial for a future career. It is just great to see the different career paths alumni have taken and how they are doing, which is a good example of the fact that Plymouth University students doing maritime business are well prepared for their aspired maritime careers and that it is actually worth the work. The event was then followed by another night in the hostel before we headed of to Braemar shipbrokers the next morning, which was a great chance for some aspiring shipbrokers to get their foot into the company’s door.
Overall it was n amazing, very well organised trip and a great example of the fact that Plymouth University provides some really great studies in maritime business.