This section aims to inform you about life at sea and the benefits of taking a placement year. On the other pages you can find the encounters of my own personal experiences during my placement year.
The placement year is designed to give students a chance to apply theory learnt from years one and two into practice on board a cruise liner and to further develop their skills and employability after university. Some students decide not to take part in a placement year nd go straight into their final year as it can increase employability and chances of securing a job on completion of university.
The students studying Cruise Management BSc tend to search for placement within the cruise industry. Previously students have worked with P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Yachts of Seabourn and Saga. To apply for a placement year a CV is submitted and an interview conducted like any other job. No placement is guaranteed and therefore students need to ensure they gain the work experience prior to applying for job roles and also work hard and show motivation and enthusiasm within their work.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year with P&O Cruises. I worked on board MV Oriana. I was lucky enough to travel the world, visit amazing destinations I never imagined I would be able to visit such as the Caribbean, Norway, Russia and many European countries. I met some incredible people and undertook a job I loved. My contract consisted of two four-month contracts with two months leave. I worked in the Food and Beverage, Accommodation and Front of House departments. I would advice students if they have the opportunity to do so to consider carrying out a placement year as it provides you with many new skills, knowledge, confidence and employment opportunities”
Alexandra Panayiotou– Hotel Cadet P&O Cruises (2011-2012)
“I’m Alexandra panayiotou and I decided to do a placement year with P&O Cruises! I was on MV Ventura and I enjoyed every second of it! The best bit of my placement year was the people and experiences. I loved visiting the different countries and meeting all the different people that I worked with. I would definitely recommend placement years as I believe that the experiences I have gained have enabled me to achieve my future desires! It’s worth every second of it, and I wouldn’t change a thing… I loved every minute”