PROJECT CONNECT CAREs about its impact

We encourage people to provide feedback and suggestions for every single action they experience with PROJECT CONNECT. These are our tools and equipment for improvement.

PROJECT CONNECT from different viewpoints

Adopt A Ship Participants


Member Companies



Share your PROJECT CONNECT experience at

Adopt A Ship Participants' Testimonials

  • I am delighted to be informed of your program related to shipping and I am particularly excited to be the Captain of the Ship with which we will travel together from one end of the globe to the other.
    Capt. Αchilleas Stergiou
    Sea Captain, Arcadia Shipmanagement
  • We are very happy and excited to participate in a pioneering and unprecedented program for us, that of the adoption of a ship! We first want to thank our school and PROJECT CONNECT for this wonderful opportunity. Our school is located on land in the center of Greece and we have no contact with the sea. We see it (and not all) a few days in the summer when we go on vacation. From the moment the school principal suggested that we have contact with a ship, through "adoption",we were left with our mouths open. We found the idea great, talked to our parents and decided to get involved. We admire and are impressed by the sea but we do not know it. Teachers teach us at school or we look at pictures, on TV or computers, we hear so much about it, poems and songs have been written about sailors and the sea. We read texts at school, but we have many questions because we feel that the sea has many, many "secrets". We are curious to discover it as much as we can and we believe you will help us through your travels and experiences.
    Students of the 13th Primary School of Trikala
  • I was excited from the first moment I read about the program "Adopt a ship" and I did not hesitate for a moment to express interest in my class participating in it. My goal was to help them to get to know the world of shipping. The program fulfilled all my expectations, my students are excited about the program and look forward to continue the journey they started in the shipping world. It really deserves a big applause to PROJECT CONNECT both for the good work they do as well as for the support and help they provide us throughout the program. People with a passion that seems to love what they do. The material sent to us was the starting point for our journey in the world of shipping, giving us many stimuli for exploration. As a teacher I am happy to participate in such programs, as through them experiential learning is ensured! Thank you for the opportunity given to me through the program to enrich my knowledge of the history of Greek shipping and to travel with my students in this beautiful world. During this difficult period that we all go through, "Adopt a ship" managed to be a pleasant break for us in our daily lives. We still have many stations to make until we manage to finally compose the mosaic of shipping! The sequel follows fascinating.
    Margo Fountzoula
    Teacher at Ekpaideutiria Panou

Associates' Testimonials

  • The "Adopt a Ship" Program is an excellent initiative and we are very happy as we see how the efforts of years pay off. From our part, the inclusion of the online Museum Greek Shipping Miracle gives us joy, as you made us part of this project.
    George M. Foustanos & the team
    Greek Shipping Miracle

Member Companies’ Testimonials

  • Project Connect has provided our company with individuals who have the skills and attitude that are necessary to deliver results. Irene Notias and her Connected team take the time to appreciate our company's requirements and identify appropriate applicants. They have been a valuable partner to us, but most importantly, they have demonstrated an excellent understanding of our company's vision and have been able to provide an accurate range of candidates to fit. Thank you for the excellent cooperation !

    SteelShips - Dianik Ship Management, 2016

Students' Testimonials

  • "Thank you to Project connect and Ms. Irene Notias for enhancing our generation’s employability through their programs and thank you for presenting me with the opportunity to intern at Arcadia Shipmanagement. There I learned widely about the day-to-day operations of ships and more in depth about financing and accounting through the teachings of my then colleagues in MGA/Accounts department, who are the most professional, friendly, and accepting people I’ve ever encountered and had the pleasure of working with. Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to Mr. Mattheou who closely collaborates with Project Connect to provide these positions at Arcadia. He not only accepted me as an intern but also granted me a much-desired extension."
    Dicho Dichev
    PROJECT CONNECT Student Member (2021)
  • “PROJECT CONNECT found me an internship for the summer. This internship has been such a rewarding experience as it has granted me a front-row seat to the corporate structure of a maritime shipping company and the interplay between the various departments, not just within the accounting department. The mentorship and guidance I received throughout the internship have been exceptional, skilled professionals patiently answered my questions, shared their experiences, and encouraged me to think critically. In conclusion, after two months I am leaving with a better understanding of the industry but most importantly, exposure to real-world accounting practices which will serve me well moving forward.”
    Eline Kint, UK university undergrad majoring Accounting & Finance, shares her Internship experience
    PROJECT CONNECT Student Member (2023)
  • Today marks two months since I moved to Bahrain and became a member of the GAC Group family here in Manama. I’m having lots of fun engaging with my new colleagues and getting to learn so many new aspects of the shipping industry while also adapting to this beautiful country that Bahrain is. All of this wouldn’t have materialized without the assistance of Nikos D. Marmatsouris, FICS and PROJECT CONNECT Young Professionals in-the-Making who, after interviewing, brought me in touch with all the amazing people I needed to connect with, in order to propel my career. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know how frustrating and nerve-wracking it can be to enter the job market as a newcomer, especially in the shipping industry where working experience is so highly sought after by employers even for entry-level positions. I’ve had my share of setbacks and if there is one piece of advice I could give, as utter cliché as it may sound, is to never give up on your dreams. If you haven't given up you haven't failed, right? If you are an HR officer in a shipping company that looks to the future and values the enthusiasm and excitement a graduate can bring to the set, or a young professional in the making seeking to jump-start your career within the shipping industry, I would encourage you to register with PROJECT CONNECT Young Professionals in-the-Making Mrs. Irene Notias is doing a phenomenal job, spending her precious personal time on such a project that could very much be described as a social responsibility endeavor. Supporting her cause is a great way to contribute to the minimization of the graduate employability issue our industry is currently facing.
    Christos Chaziroglou
    PROJECT CONNECT Student Member (2022)
  • As a student member of Project Connect, I gained an internship at the shipping company Seaven Tanker and Dry Management Inc. giving me the opportunity to work with many departments (Technical, Marine, Operation, Purchasing, Crew) and to understand the multifaceted composition of shipping. Thank you very much for this valuable experience!
    Nefeli Malama
    Project Connect Intern (2022)
  • My main priority has been to learn new things and evolve to a better employee. The whole shipping internship experience at a large shipping company has been very rewarding and worthwhile. During the lockdown period, the company gave me a laptop to practice from home. All the employees have been willing to assist and share their knowledge. I thank them and PROJECT CONNECT for this experience.
    Harry Simantiris
    Project Connect Intern (2020)
  • Project Connect, thank you for helping me to find this opportunity at the American P&I Club. It was a great experience, since I learned the essential principles of working in a office and other materials that helped me move forward few baby steps towards my entry in Shipping Sector. This internship has definitely increased my interest in pursuing a career in shipping. I would love to stay in touch, finding other internships or jobs opportunities that will help me gain more experience in this field. Another thing i am grateful for, is the help i received in order to prepare for my interview. When I did the interview, I was much more relaxed and prepared and that helped me a lot with my answers.  Once again thank you for the opportunity.
    Amanda Birca
    Project Connect Intern, 2018
  • My internship experience at Dianik Ship Management has been priceless. It has given me real work experience in the most major departments of a shipping company (Ops, Tech, Finance and Chartering). Other things that I have valued most about my internship at DSM include, but not limited to, the nice and supportive working environment and colleagues. I want to thank Project Connect and especially Ms. Notias for giving me “to the point“ advice and the chance to get this internship. Thank you Project Connect!!!
    Theodore T.
    Project Connect Intern, 2017
  • I will be totally honest. When I came to you I expected a boring session where I would be the one doing all the talking while receiving diplomatic answers that would try to make you appealing, boost my confidence and ego and have me coming back for more. Instead, I got a nice and much needed kick in the teeth.

    While I already knew about most (not all) of the stuff that we discussed, I feel that I gained a lot. Firstly, I was able to get my priorities list straight. To quote your words, I’ve been putting too much emphasis on ‘shallow’ job searching while I neglected aspects that can make an individual stand out. Moreover, I had the chance to confirm some bad habits of mine during interviews that have potentially harmed me in the past. I also had the chance to hear a professional opinion regarding the aspect of job-hunting in other countries and rethink the methods that I’ve been using up until today. Finally and most importantly I realized that due to my past failures I gradually started to doubt myself and lose my interest to work in this sector, reducing my efforts and doing self-sabotage in the process. I will strive to never let that happen again and I consider this the biggest benefit that I got from today’s session.

    Anastasios Galanis
    Project Connect Candidate, 2016
  • Project Connect was the first organization that helped me a lot in respect of  job opportunities in the Shipping industry.I had the honor as member of the Project Connect  team to meet people who had valuable  experience in shipping and I am sure that in the future these people will give me the chance to gain important experience and knowledge.I would like to thank especially Ms Katia Galouka as I had my first interview from the beginning of our cooperation and she gave me all her know-how in order to improve my CV and forward to the shipping companies.I am convinced  that the whole team of Project Connect will help me in respect of my upcoming career in the Shipping industry.I feel so grateful for your support and your contribution.Thank you very much!

    Alexandros Xenos
    Project Connect Candidate, 2016
  • All started at Posidonia 2016, where I was given a flyer of PROJECT CONNECT. During that time, I was desperately seeking for placement in a shipping company for my university internship, as I had only two weeks left to find one. In those two weeks, Ms Katia Galouka interviewed me extensively, helped me re-edit my CV and finally, Project Connect found me an internship place in a well known ship-management company specializing in the dry cargo sector with a fleet that exceeds ten vessels. Currently, I totally enjoy every day at the company’s offices and try to learn the most from the ingenious employees that I cooperate. In conclusion, I feel really grateful for finding PROJECT CONNECT just before my professional career start. Special thanks to Ms Katia Galouka!

    Spiros Zoumpourlis
    Project Connect Intern, 2016
  • I was amazed when my telephone rang and on the other side of the line was the HR Department of the Angelakos Hellas S.A. without even having to hand in my CV. I immediately realized that it was PROJECT CONNECT that helped me, as I was interviewed by them through the 22nd Career Forum last September. I strongly believe that Ms Pavlopoulou gave me a lot of help and boosted me into fulfilling my professional ambitions. I now feel more confident and I know that I can rely on PROJECT CONNECT whenever I seek any further assistance.

    George Nicodemos
    Intern, 2014
  • Ms Capnissi gave me helpful advice for succeeding in an interview and fulfilling my professional ambition. The meeting was a great experience for me and she helped me understand what the market is looking for in a candidate. She was full of confidence and passion and made me adopt this attitude. I deeply believe that her advice will help me make my dreams come true!

    Dionysia Christodoulaki
    Candidate, 2014
  • I found the seminar ""CREATE YOUR SUCCESS STORY IN SHIPPING" really helpful. It made me understand how to prepare myself in order to find a job in this field. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with no work experience but with the ambition to enter the shipping industry. But except for the seminar, I would like to congratulate Ms Notias, for this initiative, because it opened new horizons in my career. Hr interest and passion to help young people get involved in the shipping industry is outstanding. With her assistance, I found an internship that helped me gain experience and a competitive privilege in the business field.

    Iliannia Chartzala
    Entry Level Candidate, 2014
  • I graduated from NTUA in 2011, as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. By that time, jobs were already very hard to find. I spent quite a few months unemployed. I always kept an eye open for job openings from the newspaper and internet, but there was rarely any response to my efforts. In the end, I got a dead end job working as an assistant in an office remotely connected to shipping. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with you. Shortly after, you sent me an e-mail regarding a job offer, an actual job offer. Two interviews later I got the job. Thank you for opening the door for me in an industry, where being introduced is essential.  Proper professional guidance and an opportunity is all a young candidate needs. That is exactly what PROJECT CONNECT provides. I wish you you all the best!!

    Katerina Spyropoulou
    Entry Level Candidate, 2014
  • PROJECT CONNECT has gone beyond a service for me. Irene Notias, the founder of PROJECT CONNECT, and her exceptionally trained staff, understand the requirements for every business as well as the abilities of every candidate. I would like to put emphasis on two aspects. One is the friendly relation we developed, as the team is truly concerned that is committed to find the best compromise to all interested parties. Secondly, I also want to remark on the great concern and availability shown after the process. After a term of only 3 weeks, I was sitting on my new office, at my new job, surrounded by great people. As Aristotle Onassis once said, “To succeed in business, it is necessary to make others see things as you see them”. Irene Notias is a great example of these wise words, for the reason that she manages to keep Greece’s Shipping Industry connected in the greatest way helping out people like me and you.

    Renee Tsirlis
    (currently working in Shipping through Project Connect), 2015
  • The seminar "CREATE YOUR SUCCESS STORY IN SHIPPING" gave me important guidance for my career planning which I had never had before! Ms Notias and Ms Perpinia helped me gain an understanding of the shipping industry and redefine my career strategy in the way I could approach a future employer in this field. They also gave me valuable insights on what qualifications a shipping company is looking for in a perspective employee. I believe it has opened a new circle in my career searching prospects, which I would like to continue, with the assistance of the CONNECT team in the near future.

    Panagiotis Deligiannis
    Candidate, 2014
  • I really enjoyed attending the seminar "CREATE YOUR SUCCESS STORY IN SHIPPING" . It was valuable because I had the chance to enrich my knowledge in the shipping industry. I was given very useful tips on how to have successful interviews as well as on how to be more productive and efficient in the working environment. As a result, it was a beneficial experience which built the foundations for a successful career.

    Michael Darby
    Candidate, 2014
  • PROJECT CONNECT was the link that i needed for the shipping industry! I would like to thank all the PROJECT CONNECT team and especially Ms Notias for the guidance and the interview simulation. Everything was very educative and valuable for me. PROJECT CONNECT helped me find an internship in a shipping company. I wish you all the best!

    George-Marios Tsertos
    Project Connect Intern, 2015
  • When I started looking to join the shipping industry, everyone was telling me that I need a link to the shipping business. PROJECT CONNECT offered to me exactly that! The full support started with CV and interview advice, workshops and discussions and after that, I know that my CV was circulated to many companies through personal attempts of Mrs Notias and the rest of the PROJECT CONNECT staff. Meanwhile, the PROJECT CONNECT team was always there if I needed advice or any other help while seeking for a job. Finally, they continue to show interest in me and my career, even after I secured a job in London. All these lead me to say that I truly recommend to everyone that really want to work in the shipping industry to contact PROJECT CONNECT

    Ioannis V.
    (currently working in Shipping), 2014
  • Everything started three years ago when I won the internship award that was organized by Project Connect. Afterwards I began working as trainee at the same company where I continue my career right now. Recently I have been promoted as a Manager to my Department. I would like to thank the Project Connect that helped me so much at beginning of my career.
    Vivi N.

Volunteers' Testimonials

  • Project Connect was the first organization that helped me a lot at my primary steps in an office work. The whole staff and especially Ms. Notias gave me the chance to have an office experience at Prime Petroleum Services. As an intern, I gained important bunkering experience. People were helpful and willing to advise me on my upcoming career in the Shipping Industry.
    Antonios Chatzaras
    (Shipping Undergraduate), 2015
  • Working at Project Connect gave me the chance to experience volunteering and working as a team for one common goal: to prepare and guide young students and professionals in beginning their careers and to link them with the shipping industry. It was also a great opportunity for me to learn basic principles of business, as well as how a company is organized and structured.
    Sandy Ailamaki
    (Law Attorney), 2016
  • I began working with the Project Connect Team this year!!! I am excited to be part of a group of people who assist young people, not only job wise, or internships but with seminars, events and generally a guide for young people preparing for the business environment!! I wish that when I was studying I had someone to include me in events and seminars on motivation, or to bring me in contact with people and business people! I must say it is very exciting seeing young people striving for something positive in the current situation and it is an honor to be part of a Team that is truly sincere and can offer even if it’s a small building block to someone’s' successful future!
    Christina Zervos
    (Business Owner), 2016