The maiden Maritime Career and Internship Fair organized by MASSER Afrique in collaboration with ICS and the Students Representative Council of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) has brought to the fore the prospects of the Maritime sector by exposing participants to industry standards and expectations while offering guiding steps that would enable them maneuver the nuances in professional career projection and entrepreneurship.
The fair under the theme “Preparing Professionals to Power Global Growth” brought together industry players, career professionals and professional life coaches and students from the RMU to deliberate on the past, present and future of the maritime industry in Ghana.
In an interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh on the sidelines of the event, the Chief Executive Officer of MASSER Afrique, Jeffrey Botchway, said the fair seeks to equip students with the requisite skills for globally competitiveness and also encourage them to be entrepreneurs.
He said there is a lot of opportunities in the sector for both the students of RMU and the participating companies but what is lacking is the relationship and the right environment. He said the vision of MASSER Afrique therefore is to bridge the gap in education and research in the maritime industry.
MASSER Afrique is a Ghanaian based company formed by an alliance of knowledgeable maritime professionals with diverse skills committed to supporting the industry by providing valuable and cost effective training on maritime related services. It is also focused on awareness and promotion of opportunities within the industry.
According to Botchway, their “purpose is to create economic value to the country by training and educating individuals, organizations and government agencies with wide range of support services whether on land or at sea.”
He therefore urged industry players to come on board to support the activities of the company raise the standards in the industry. He also urged stakeholders to offer internship opportunities to new recruits that would be churned out through the company’s standardized recruitment programmes.
Participants were taken through various topics delivered by resource persons drawn from government agencies with industry and professional career development backgrounds who shared their experiences.
The Keynote address delivered by Director of Research at the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Eric Tetteh, emphasized the need for the students to take their destinies into their own hands by creating their own future and not rely solely on a ministry to create jobs for them or other entities to employ them after graduating.
According to him, the Ministry is only a policy making body which does not directly create jobs but facilitate the creation of jobs. “Our job is to formulate policy, exercise oversight responsibility and manage assets,” he stated.
He mentioned for instance that the ministry has been working on some interventions in order to enhance job creation opportunities in the sector such as the promulgation of two bills which are in the offing. These include the Maritime Pollution Bill which will cater for maritime pollution in the country; and the Carbotage Bill which is expected to ensure the implementation of local content on the oil field.
A Career professional with Zormelo and Associates, Collins Kofi Frempong, took the participants through some useful steps in building a successful career after school as well as taking them through practical steps in putting together a career enhancing CV for the job market.
A renowned life Coach, motivational speaker, and Business Development expert, Dotun Osiyemi of Doterry’s Consulting Limited, took the participants through the right attitude for success as entrepreneurs and the networking skills in the 21st century that would enhance their entrepreneurship endeavors.
The fair also offered career enhancing educational opportunities by introducing professional educational opportunities tailored for the needs of the Maritime industry and related sectors. The Student’s Coordinator of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Nathaniel Kojo Nti, also walked the students through the benefits of studying with the institute and the wide range of specialized areas that are available to be chartered.