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With sixty-six companies from around the country, Maine Maritime hosted its largest career fair to date Thursday afternoon in the Alexander Field House. At least 500 of the school’s 900 students attended the event which showcased a variety of employers that were suitable for every major the academy offers.
“Our company representatives were very pleased with the turn-out yesterday, the quality of our students, and the opportunity to return to our campus,” said Amy Gutow, organizer for this year’s event. “For some companies, this is the only career fair they choose to attend.”
Many of the recruiters were MMA alumni themselves and were eager to return to their alma mater because they knew first-hand the excellent experience, knowledge, and work ethic that are the result of an MMA education.
“Maine Maritime has the unique ability of giving people the technical background with the hands-on experience and an unparalleled work ethic,” said Jason Fournier, a recruiter from NAES and 2001 graduate. “There’s no other school that graduates people, that I have ever experienced, that have the unfathomable ability to work relentlessly and appreciate everything their employer provides to them.”
“The maritime academy grads are overwhelmingly some of most the plentiful and best – from a technical perspective, a work ethic perspective, and an easy-to-manage perspective,” said Chad Eslin, a recruiter from Power Industry Consultants and a 2000 MMA graduate. “That’s not a sale’s pitch, that’s a reality. Whether you’re in Oklahoma or West Africa or South East Asia, these young men and women will go anywhere in the world you ask them to go.”
It wasn’t just seniors or graduate students at the fair, students from every class were present to get an idea of what kind of opportunities await them in the near future.
I’m here to prepare for cadet shipping and get my name and e-mail out there, said Mike Sawyer, a freshman. I’ve been told that even with just the first handshake [the recruiters] will remember us next year.
One change to this year’s event the recruiters enjoyed was the relocation of lunch services from the mess deck to the field house. According to Steve Reynolds, a recruiter from NAVSEA Norfolk Ship Support, the change of location gave him the chance to sit down with students in a more relaxed atmosphere and talk about their goals and what his company can do to help them reach them.