Well… no lead goes to waste…especially when it comes to placements … not even a phone call! When potential employers are looking for new hires, they call Maryanne Richards, Director Shoreside Career Services. If the prospective job doesn’t fit the prerequisites of an internship or co-op, she doesn’t hang up.
The job postings are placed on the Academy’s “Job Shopper”, the on-line, world- wide directory of professional positions available to all MMA graduates. They are listed under Cadet Help if the caller is looking for someone still in school – part-time during the academic year or summer! In certain circumstances, (not coop or intern material) Richards sends out a mass e-mail to all cadets, letting them know that work is available. Another successful method of getting employment news out and about is word-of-mouth or networking. Word travels fast in this small, tight community and MMA’s reputation for solid hires rules!
This year 2/C Liam Baggett, Braintree High School (MA) 2012 grad and current Marine Transportation major managed to land a super summer job with Boston’s Best Cruises, owned and operated by MMA alums Mike McGurl, MMA Marine Engineering, ’81 and Bill Walker, MMA Marine Transportation, ’80. Baggett’s father Sean is an alumni, Marine Transportation, ’88. His brother, Sean Jr., another Marine Transportation major, graduated from the Academy in 2012, and also worked for Boston’s Best Cruises, as a senior deck hand. The youngest Baggett spent the summer working on the Island Adventure, the Island Discovery and the Island Expedition, as senior deck hand. This cadet had the good fortune to have a brother to pave the way, and alums who already knew what they could expect from an Academy cadet! “One of the reasons I chose MMA was for the great career opportunities. I didn’t expect to have a great job until after graduation,” he declared.
With or without family ties, MMA's placement services are available to help you find an interesting job when you need it and an exciting, lucrative career when you graduate.