MMA Career Fair Employer Survey Findings

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 Spring 2018 Career Fair, each organization was 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, co-op/commercial shipping, or military) were also asked questions about their hiring practices as well as their evaluation of MMA students’ skills and abilities. One-hundred-thirty-eight organizations were represented at the Spring 2018 Career Fair held on April 5, 2018. A total of 93 (67.4%) of those 138 participated in the survey.

Survey Findings

  • The majority (70.7%, n=65) of organizations indicated that they participate in the MMA Career Fair on an annual basis. Another 7.6% (n=7) said that they participate but not on an annual basis. More than a fifth (21.7%, n=20) indicated that they were participating for the first time.
  • About 96% of organizations reported that their primary focus in recruiting MMA students was for some type of employment, including full-time or part-time jobs (80.6%, n=75), co-op/commercial shipping (10.8%, n=10), and active duty military/military reserve (4.3%, n=4). Organizations also reported recruiting primarily for graduate/professional school enrollment (1.1%, n=1), volunteer service (1.1%, n=1), or other areas (e.g., work study) (2.2%, n=2).
  • Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment:
    • Nearly half (46.9%, n=38) reported that they hire MMA students every year.
    • Within the next year, (49.4%, n=39) anticipate hiring 1 to 2 MMA students while (31.6%, n=25) anticipate hiring 3 to 5.

*Percentages based on valid responses (i.e., exclude unknown/missing cases).

Beginning in AY17-18 the Career Fair survey switched to a spring only administration.

Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment:

  • Just over half (52.1%, n=38) reported that they had hired 6 or more MMA students within the past ten years. Nearly 1 in 5 (19.2%, n=14) reported that they had hired more than 20 MMA students within the past ten years
  • About 1 in 6 (18.1%, n=13) indicated that more than 20 of their organization's employees were MMA graduates.
  • Organizations recruiting MMA students for some type of employment (n=89) were asked to indicate majors that would be a suitable match for positions with their organizations. FE majors were most often cited as a match to positions. However, with the exception of IMB and MT, even for majors cited less frequently, at least one in four organizations indicated that those majors would be a match to positions.
Majors n % of Organizations
Facilities Engineering (FE) 61 62.9%
Marine Engineering (ME) 42 43.3%
Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) 40 41.2%
Marine Science, Safety & Environmental Protection (MSSEP) 30 30.9%
Emergency Management (EM) 27 27.8%
Marine Transportation (MT) 16 16.5%
International Maritime Business (IMB) 17 17.5%
  •  Among those recruiting MMA students for some type of employment:  

~~41.0% (n=34) responded that they utilize the MMA cooperative education/commercial shipping programs. All of those who utilize those programs and responded to a follow-up question (n=32) said that they found the programs to be a valuable pre-screening tool for future hires.
~~78.4% (n=69) indicated that they "highly valued" MMA's academic programs, 52.9% (n=45) "highly valued" MMA's regimental lifestyle, and 43.4% (n=33) "highly valued" MMA's shipboard experience.

  • The three MMA institutional student learning outcomes for undergraduate education for which organizations recruiting MMA students rated students' level of achievement most often as "high" were as follows: 1) Ability to listen effectively (89.2%, n=74); 2) Ability to use quantitative reasoning skills, applying basic concepts of mathematics and science (87.5%, n=70); 3) Ability to perform and behave in a professional manner acceptable for career goals (84.1%, n=69).