As part of our Recruitment Programme, MJM Marine takes on a number of University placement students to work with us for 12 months. We caught up with one of our current placement students, Stefan McParland who joined us in June. This is Stefan’s experience to date.
“I wasn’t too sure about what a role in the Estimating Department would entail when I joined MJM Marine four months ago on my placement year from University. I’m doing Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Ulster University and was excited to join MJM Marine.
What I wasn’t expecting was a trip to the Caribbean to board one of the largest cruise ships in the world as part of the MJM Marine surveying team. I flew to the island of St Maarten to board the Allure of the Seas where we spent a week meeting the client to assess their requirements and surveying various areas of the ship to enable the Estimating Team to put together an accurate tender for the proposed works.
I am also preparing for a week-long trip to Cadiz in Spain in October to join the Oasis of the Seas where MJM Marine has just started a 7-week refit job on this massive ship. This will give me a real insight into how a marine fitout project operates which, from what I am told, is very different to land-based work.
As a Placement Student, it is unusual to get such opportunities but this is the philosophy of MJM Marine…get immersed in the work and the team from the outset so you can build your experience and skills from day one. MJM Marine is also driven by teamwork and this is very evident in the Estimating Department. Gregorz and the Estimating team have been there to lend a hand and steer me in the right direction. From day one, I have felt part of the team which is very reassuring for anyone coming in to a new job. They are also very open to sharing their experience and skills. In the past four months, my industry knowledge and confidence has grown rapidly.
What I also wasn’t expecting from MJM Marine was their focus on employee wellbeing. In my first 4 months here, I have had a free Health check, have taken part in a charity spinathon, have had breakfast mornings, pizza lunches plus we get free fruit as part of the company’s Health & Wellbeing programme. There really is a great buzz about MJM Marine and it genuinely is a great place to work.
After Christmas, I will move to the Quantity Surveying Department to gain experience in that area of the business but I will be sorry to leave the Estimating Team. Four months ago, I really didn’t know what the role of an Estimator in MJM Marine was. Now I know that it means working in a busy and challenging department where attention to detail is vital and it means being part of a team which plays a crucial role in the overall operation of MJM Marine.”