I’ll keep this short and sweet. My name is Tyler. I am a junior at the University of Iowa. I will be graduating May 2010 with a B.A. degree in Business Marketing and a minor in History. I am desperately seeking employment in the maritime industry immediately following graduation. That all being said…
Currently, I was able to land an internship with Orient Overseas Container Line - OOCL. I am working in their Chicago, Illinois office doing maritime marketing research.
I would love to apply my knowledge and my degree in the maritime industry and would like to know what options are best. I am NOT looking at becoming an entry level customer service/sales rep who sits around on the phone all day long nor a telemarketer.
I have loved my stay so far with OOCL in the steamship container industry. I plan on moving to South Florida or the Bahamas in search of a position. I have since moved my searches to the cruise industry as well as the container lines.
I am curious as to what a B.A in Business Marketing qualifies me for in terms of types of jobs in the ENTIRE maritime industry. I think it is great that I have the internship on my resume because having little experience gets you NO WHERE in this industry - or at least I am finding out so far.
Is grad school in my future? Do I need certifications to be on board a vessel such as a cruise line? Also, is it beneficial in this industry to list myself as a US Citizen on my resume?
Any help is greatly appreciated in advance!
…lost at sea in Chicago…