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. Undertaking maritime undergraduate degrees, students are granted three exemptions from the examinations and only have to sit four examinations to apply for membership with the ICS and become a MICS, a prestigious title. Whoever decides to take the exams as an extracurricular activity during his or her studies usually gets invited to the annual dinner of the Institute’s South West Branch in Cardiff in which our lecturer Capt. Challacombe is actively involved. It is a great fully funded way to get to know various professionals in the industry and fellow students, whilst enjoying a great meal.
This year, our Capt Challacombe was the chairman and I was lucky enough to attend for the second year of taking my examinations. We left in a small bus with around 12 students and our program leader Dr Tuck to support him. Dressed in suit and bow tie amidst the many dinner jackets, we enjoyed a great evening of entertainment and networking. It is a great example of how hard work and extracurricular engagement pay off. Not only did I get invited to a great dinner with many professionals that are in the position that I want to be in a few years ahead. In particular, the three examinations I have passed so far are an invaluable way to show potential employers ambition and potential at the same time whilst improving my experience and knowledge.