Following the "Meet the Shipping Community" event of March 9th, Project Connect Athens organized the Forum, Opportunities at Sea, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Tsakos Group of Companies Auditorium, hosting more than 75 people. Tsakos Group of Companies always supports the efforts of Project Connect. This special event offered students interested in shipping a chance to hear at first-hand what the industry expects of them and what sea career means, from principals of some very distinguished shipping companies. Project Connect is an organization that provides concrete guidance and assistance to the new generation that wishes to enter the shipping industry.
The speakers at the event, Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, Mr George A. Tsavliris and Mr Nicky Pappadakis, participated in an interactive and informative communication with a counselling flavour. Their key messages, for the next generation of shipping, were the importance of gaining sea and vessel experience, to be alert and care about the ship.
The outcome of the evening was that young people received information on “how to” meet the requirements and criteria for career at sea. Τhe need for income is real and also the fact, that in order to achieve success, expertise and recognition in work, anyone needs to start having first priority gaining experience and step by step (most times from ground-zero) to reach its potential.
Working at sea entails an exciting international career in one of the world's most important and dynamic industries, comprised of people with all manner of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced professionals. The job variety is tremendous, and so are the opportunities.
Mr. G. Tsavliris mentioned that an intern should not be faced as a threat for the company’s employees as its role is to supplement the existing personnel and not to substitute.
Project Connect continues encouraging young people to find out the tools needed to achieve a truly international job that can take them all over the world – or bring the world to them!