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Careers in maritime

Our careers at sea open days aim to give you an insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer. You'll be able to find out more about the training programmes necessary to qualify as a ship's navigation, engineer or electro-technical officer in the Merchant Navy and the superyacht industry.

Our next open day is Saturday 18 June 2022Book now

When

  • Saturday 18th June 2022
  • 9:30am - 2:00pm

Where

The Spark, Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN.

What to expect

Our careers in maritime open days give you an insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer, and the training programmes to qualify as a ship's navigation (deck), engineer or electro-technical officer in the Merchant Navy and on superyachts.

Many of the major British shipping companies and recruitment and training companies who recruit cadets will be available to give information about the career opportunities they offer. Our teaching staff are also on hand to talk about the academic side of training, and current cadets will be able to tell you what training to be a ship's officer is like.

You'll also be able to take a tour of our main East Park Terrace campus and our St Mary's campus, which is where our cadets are taught. You can also see where you could be living with a tour of our student accommodation.

There are general presentations about life as a deck or engineer officer, and you can also speak to our teams about accommodation options, applying and enrolling, student support, and much more!

Travel voucher scheme

Prospective students who attend a physical open event at Solent and live outside of the local authority of Southampton City Council, or have travelled from outside of the UK, can apply to receive an Amazon voucher covering the cost of their travel to the event. Once you have booked to attend one of our events, we will send you the travel voucher application form.

Got questions?

Contact us by using the email or telephone number below.

Other open days

We have more open days coming soon - watch this space for more information.

Campus tours

Can’t make our open days but still want to see the campus? Book to attend a campus tour! You will be guided around the university campus by one of our student ambassadors and shown the main facilities. Please note, at this time we are unable to include the residences as part of the tour.

Exhibitors

Many of the major British shipping companies and training management companies who recruit cadets will be available to give you information about the career opportunities they offer and answer any questions you may have. Here is a list of exhibitors who have previously attended our open days:

You'll also be able to attend general presentations about studying with us, as well as speak to our teams about accommodation options, student support, and more.

Interested in a career at sea?Find out more

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to register?

You do need to register for our open days so we can ensure you receive essential travel information. Please use the book now button at the top of the page.

Are the companies recruiting for this academic year?

At the next open day, they’ll be looking to mainly recruit for the September 2022 intake.

What facilities can we see when we're there?

You’ll be able to take a tour of our main campus, including our maritime simulation centre. There will also be an opportunity to tour our student residence.

Do I need to attend all day?

We're open from 9.30am to 2pm, but you don't need to stay for the duration. We do recommend you allow around two hours to make the most of the opportunities available.

I can't make this open day, can I arrange a private visit?

If you're unable to make this open day, why not book on to a campus tour instead? You'll be guided around our university campus and facilities in groups by our Student Ambassadors. More information and a link to book is further up this page.
The pod at Solent University in the Spark building

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