For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
The Spring Career Fair in MMA’s Clean Harbors Athletic Center is THE "go to" event for most of MMA's students, especially those who find themselves at that point in their journey where the reality of "what lies next" has arrived! Given MMA is nationally recognized as a place that offers many opportunities along with a very high "return on the investment", potential employers come to campus knowing they will find what it is they are looking for in the next generation of leaders.
Close to 300 people representing 145 companies from the industries MMA serves are there. In addition, armed forces, first responders, sea-going unions, graduate schools and municipal, state, and federal agencies arrived on campus last Thursday to recruit the talent they find here. And they often do, because of MMA's unique mix of academics, leadership, and the “hands on” experience that sets it apart from other colleges and universities.
With today’s rapidly changing economies, employers can no longer afford to take chances on whether or not a prospective employee is going to work out a year or so down the road. They need assurances, and MMA delivers. For many employers, this is an opportunity to showcase their organization and talk informally with those in attendance about what they are looking for in new hires. For others like senior Joseph Fitman, in the Emergency Management program, who are further along in the career process and know what they want to do, where, and with who, the two days around the fair are “Go Time” as they interview with company reps. Both recruiter and student are looking for that perfect match.
MMA’s Career and Professional Services staff work to develop and strengthen partnerships with people in many different industries, the goal being to create opportunities for our students and graduates. This spring, a good number of companies visited the Academy for the first time!
Many students will have multiple job offers by the time they leave campus in June, and so the toughest challenge they will face is weighing all the variables involved. All in all, not a bad place to be!