Spring is traditionally the time when students start thinking about their future careers. With that in mind Young CEDA organised a seminar at the end of March, in the Port of Antwerp, to help students make that all-important decision. Following the first successful event two more were held in Hamburg and Delft in early June.
Dredging careers and networking in Delft
On 2nd June the Dutch Section of Young CEDA hosted an event, at the Delft University of Technology, to give students and young professional an insight into working in the dredging industry. The seminar was chaired by Prof. Dr. Ir. Cees van Rhee, Professor of Dredging Engineering, at the TU Delft.
Guests heard firsthand from a number of young professionals, from different areas of the dredging industry, who gave presentations on their experiences in the industry in the first years of their career. Speakers included: Jort van Wijk (IHCM/TU Delft), Wouter Ockeloen (Van Oord), Jaap van Thiel de Vries (Boskalis) and Pim van Leeuwen and Hans Wortelboer (Dutch Dredging).
Presentations were followed by a general discussion on the differences in working for larger dredging companies compared with smaller companies.
70 students from different universities and colleges around the country, with interests in hydraulic engineering, maritime engineering and dredging engineering, attended the event. They were given a thorough overview of the opportunities available in the dredging industry and continued discussions with the speakers, and other dredging professionals, over the drinks at the end.
Students get a taste of dredging in Hamburg
On 5th June Christoph Tiggesbӓumker of Young CEDA's German section organised a one-day event in the Port of Hamburg hosted by Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). It was attended by 30 students from four universities in the vicinity of Hamburg (Hannover, Oldenburg, Lübeck and Suderburg).
The event started with general presentations on the port, its organisation and its dredging programme. The group then visited the METHA facility that treats contaminated dredged material. The excursion ended with a boat trip through the port, focussing on dredging equipment, and there was ample opportunity for delegates to network with professionals and observe port activities and dredging operations. As an extra treat, the group witnessed the launch of one of the largest container ships in the world - the "Christophe Colomb" from shipping company CMA CGM.
Young CEDA is pleased with how the events have gone so far and is looking forward to running more in the future. We currently have plans to run more activities in the UK in the autumn. For details of future events keep an eye on the website and connect with us on the Young CEDA LinkedIn page.
Students and young professionals network after the Young CEDA careers seminar at Delft University of Technology 2) The future of dredging...: Students and young professionals at the Young CEDA careers day at Hamburg Port Authority
Informing students about careers in dredging: Students in Delft (First image): Students in Hamburg (Second image).