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Josh Payne

Graduated 2015

Josh Payne

How did Solent University prepare you for your career?

University allowed me to join a workplace with the same knowledge of somebody who had been there for several years. Also, that knowledge allowed me to bring a different perspective on some situations.

Maritime business is for you if you want a course that looks at the whole industry and the different sectors within it. You’re sure to make a lot of great friends who, when you leave, become superb industry contacts.

Tell us about what you are doing now, and what it involves – a typical working day.

A typical day could involve boarding a container ship in the morning to undertake arrival formalities with the Captain. Then I return to the office and look at time reports on container vessels calls and identifying ways we can turn these vessels around whilst in port more quickly.

An afternoon may then involve booking 20 cars and 5 diggers onto a ship down to South America and completing the necessary documentation.

What’s your career highlight so far?

My career highlight so far was being made port manager in only two years of leaving University.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?

Work hard and always keep up to date on industry news.