Case study

Charlotte Morton — Masters in Maritime Operations Management

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) student Charlotte Morton hadn't even completed her Masters in Maritime Operations Management when she managed to secure a job as port operations coordinator with CMA CGM (UK) Ltd

When did you start to apply for jobs?

I applied for the role in June, as teaching on my Masters programme had finished and we were all starting to write our dissertations. I was familiar with the worldwide shipping specialists CMA CGM through my course. We had visited the company for a presentation and immediately found it to be a friendly place. When the job was advertised, I knew I had to apply for it.

How was the interview?

As expected, it was a friendly interview but I didn't think I would be successful first time.
When I found out the following day I'd been offered the job, I was over the moon and I started work the next week at CMA CGM.

Tell us about your career so far.

I initially joined the company as a port operations coordinator and then as a cargo readiness assistant - both on temporary contracts. I then moved into a permanent port operations coordinator role.

My main responsibility was working on the UK feeder vessels, ensuring that all export cargo was loaded onto the vessels sailing out of Greenock, Grangemouth, Immingham, Liverpool and Teesport.

To enable me to further my understanding of the industry and boost my commercial experience, I've accepted a sales position at CMA CGM.

What are your plans for the future?

I recently visited Malmo in Sweden to attend the WMU Empowering Women in the Maritime Community conference. I think it's really important to connect with like-minded people to create change. I listened to speakers who really inspired me. It has made me even more determined to work towards a mentoring role.

I've received so much help in my career and now want to help others. I certainly made the right decision to enter the maritime industry and studying for my Masters at LJMU made that move possible. I don't think you should ever hold back from trying something, so long as you have the capability and knowledge required.

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