Employer Survey 2015

Each semester, MMA’s Career and Professional Services Department invites companies, military recruiters, graduate and professional schools and other related organizations to visit the MMA campus for a Career Fair. During the Career Fair, each organization is asked to participate in a survey that asks questions about their experiences with the fair. Organizations that recruit MMA students for employment (i.e., full-time or part-time jobs, cop-op/commercial shipping, or military) are also asked questions about their hiring practices as well as their evaluation of MMA students’ skills and abilities. There were 104 organizations represented at the Fall 2015 Career Fair held on October 22, 2015. Sixty-six organizations (63.5%) participated in the Career Fair Employer Survey.

Survey Findings

Nearly three-quarters (74.2%, n=49) of organizations indicated that they participate in the MMA Career Fair on an annual basis. Another 4.5% (n=3) said that they participate but not on an annual basis. 21.2% (n=14) indicated that they were participating for the first time.

Close to 90% of organizations reported that their primary focus in recruiting MMA students was for some type of employment, including full-time or part-time jobs (72.7%, n=48), co-op/commercial shipping (10.6%, n=7), and active duty military/military reserve (4.5%, n=3). Organizations also reported recruiting primarily for graduate/professional school enrollment (4.5%, n=3), volunteer service (3.0%, n=2), or other areas (e.g., work study) (4.5%, n=3)

Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment (Percentages based on valid responses (i.e., exclude unknown/missing cases)):

60.4% (n=32) reported that they hire MMA students every year.

Within the next year, 42.9% (n=21) anticipate hiring 1 to 2 MMA students while about a third (32.7%, n=16) anticipate hiring 3 to 5.

 

Hiring MMA Students Chart Amount of MMA Hiring Chart

Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment (Percentages based on valid responses (i.e., exclude unknown/missing cases)):

40.8% (n=20) reported that they had hired 1 to 5 MMA students within the past ten years. About a third (32.7%, n=16) reported that they had hired 6 to 10 MMA students within the past ten years.

A quarter (25.5%, n=13) indicated that more than 20 of their organization’s employees were MMA graduates.

MMA students in last year chart How many employees are MMA graduates chart

Organizations recruiting MMA students for some type of employment (n=58) were asked to indicate majors that would be a suitable match for positions with their organizations. Facilities Engineering majors were most often cited as a match to positions. However, even for majors cited less frequently, at least one in five organizations indicated that those majors would be a match to positions.

Majors n % of Organizations
Facilities Engineering 38 65.5%
Marine Engineering 33 56.9%
Energy Systems Engineering 23 39.7%
Marine Safety & Environmental Protection 23 39.7%
Emergency Management 14 24.1%
Marine Transportation 14 24.1%
International Maritime Business 13 22.4%

 Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment (Percentages based on valid responses (i.e., exclude unknown/missing cases)):

  • 39.6% (n=21) responded that they utilize the MMA cooperative education/commercial shipping programs. 100% of those who utilize those programs said that they found them to be a valuable pre-screening tool for future hires.
  • 79.3% (n=46) indicated that they “highly valued” MMA’s academic programs, 67.2% (n=39) “highly valued” MMA’s regimental lifestyle, and 49.1% (n=26) “highly valued” MMA’s shipboard experience.

When presented with a list of various skills, the percentage of organizations recruiting MMA students* that rated their abilities as “strong” included the following: teamwork (97.9%, n=47), professionalism (90.0%, n=45), curiosity/willingness to learn (91.5%, n=43), critical thinking and problem solving (84.6%, n=44), and leadership (83.0%, n=44).