This alum has already moved on … Jonathan White graduated from Lynnfield High School in 2007 and MMA in 2011. Armed with an International Maritime Business degree this young grad hopped on CSL’s (Canada Steamship Lines) sturdy corporate ladder and started climbing!
“I attended Mass Maritime to play soccer, but the lure of a good job was another incentive. The IMB faculty persuaded me to join their ranks with a few top-flight presentations and some subtle persuasion. At the time, I felt like the career and life opportunities offered by an IMB degree would be endless. I wasn’t proven wrong.” White stated.
While still at the Academy, White completed a total of five internships with the company who eventually hired him – CSL. “The maritime business major coupled with the Academy’s sea term provided me with a solid foundation to work for a successful ship owner like CSL. An IMB cadet takes a range of general business courses including accounting, finance, economics as well as more marine industry specific courses like maritime law, marine insurance, supply chain management, chartering and brokerage. My CSL internships introduced technical management, vessel operations and chartering to the mix. Another great Academy benefit was the opportunity to see the world. In addition to all Sea Term ports, I was one of the first group of maritime students to undertake an exchange program with SMU, a Chinese maritime university in 2010. The same year I traveled with four of my peers to represent IMB and Mass Maritime at the IAMU conference in Busan South Korea,” White remembered.
Only two years out of college, White has completed project work in China for CSL International and is now is based in England, working for CSL Europe and their Technical Operations Director conducting analysis and development of fleet wide operational, financial and energy efficiency improvements. White also assists in development of a monitoring system to improve the CSL Europe safety program.
“The Academy helped me focus my energy into doing well and being surrounded by a large group of motivated students looking to do the same certainly helped. MMA laid the foundation for not only my current and future career success, it helped to smooth all the rougher edges,” White noted.