More than the 9 to 5

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 15th February 2020Book now

When

  • Saturday 15th February 2020
  • 9:30am - 2:00pm

Where

The main open day event is held in The Spark at our East Park Terrace campus.

You'll also be able to visit the St Mary's campus, where our cadets are trained. There, you can take a tour of the engineering and ETO workshops. Afterwards, head over to the David Moxon student residence for a tour.

What to expect

Our careers at sea open days give you a great insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer. You'll be able to find out more about the officer cadet training programmes necessary to qualify as a ship's navigation, engineer or electro-technical officer in the Merchant Navy and the superyacht industry. You can talk to our officer cadets, who are often happy to share their first-hand experience of training and life as a cadet, both at Warsash and on board ship. And our teaching staff are also on hand to answer any questions about the academic side of training.

You're welcome to take a tour of our St Mary's campus, where you'll be studying. While you're here, take a guided tour of the engineering and ETO workshops. Also, be sure to attend one of the 'life as an officer' presentations for deck and engineering officers. These will show you what it's like on board ship, and how your career can progress at sea and ashore.

And if you want to see where you might be living while you're studying at Warsash, Solent University's David Moxon student residence is also open to visitors for guided tours.

Download a sample programme

Got questions?

Contact us by using the email or telephone number below.

Exhibitors

Many of the major British shipping companies and training management companies who recruit cadets and crew attend our open days. They'll be able 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 day:

You'll also find Solent University stands where you can find out more about student accommodation and Solent Sport.

Start your story at a maritime open dayBook now

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to register?

It's not essential, but it makes it easier for us - and you - if you register for an open day. It means we can email you further information before the day itself.

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.

Should I bring a copy of my CV?

It's always worth bringing your CV to show to the shipping and recruitment companies to demonstrate your skills and experience.

Are the companies recruiting for this academic year?

At the next open day, they'll be looking to mainly recruit for September 2020 and January 2021 intakes.

What facilities can we see when we're there?

You'll be able to look around our Spark building, where the main open day is held. Plus you can take a look at our maritime simulation centre, where you may get the chance to test your navigation skills on the bridge simulators! You'll also be able to take a shuttle bus to the St Mary's campus, where all cadets are taught and where our engineer cadets learn their skills in the engineering workshops. The library and the Sports Complex will also be open for tours.

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

Unfortunately, we're not able to offer individual visits for potential students.

Can I bring a group of students?

Yes. If you're a careers adviser and would like to bring a group of students, please contact us and we'll get in touch to make arrangements.

Looking for Solent University open days?

Find them here