James Goodship, 23, is a marine engineer, within the ship-building division of VT Group. He completed a marine technology degree at Plymouth University.
What do you do in your job?
My role covers a bit of everything really, which makes it very interesting. I am doing a bit of naval architecture, where I work on boat design, and some marine engineering, which involves looking at the systems on board the vessels. Usually in the industry you will focus your attention on either one or the other, however I straddle both areas, which is fantastic experience. There aren’t many of these kind of jobs around.
What do you like about your job?
I enjoy the fact that there are lots of things going on at one time. Instead of working on a large project for a couple of months, I am dealing with lots of small projects, which means that I am constantly doing different things. I also get to go out on sea trials, giving me lots of practical experience, as well as working in the workshop and the office. There is a wide variety of work both with a team on the shop floor and doing more computer-based work on my own.
What do you dislike about your job?
I am due to be moving over to the shipyard soon, which works a four-day week. It may sound better but you have to fit a full 37-hour week into four days, which makes the days quite intense and will be a big adjustment.
What do you find most challenging about the job?
Even though you have graduated with a degree in marine technology doesn’t mean that you know enough to go out and get stuck in straight away. Initially it was very difficult to get to grips with a lot of the tasks that I was given and the biggest challenge was finding out what needed to be done in order to complete them.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Try to find people in the industry to talk to. There are networks of young engineers set up through the relevant institutions and it is well worth getting in touch with recent graduates who are in your area already to network. I also found completing a year in industry very useful, as not only did it give me experience, but also helped me to make contacts in the industry. Now if I have a problem here I know that I can call on someone else at another shipyard who might be able to help.