For Maritime UK Week 2022, the Port of Dover is spotlighting the wide range of careers available within the maritime industry. From school leavers and new grads to those changing careers, there’s a huge amount on offer. Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a profile of an individual who works at the Port of Dover to provide an insight into what everyday life is like within a maritime-focused role and the experiences and opportunities on offer.
Jeev – Graduate Development Trainee
What made you want to join this industry?
I’ve had a special affinity with the maritime industry since I was a child. Firstly, because I was fascinated by the sheer operational intricacy of the industry. Then I realised how important the sector is to the country’s economy, and I want to be a part of something important and give it my best. Aside from that, one of the most important reasons is the opportunity to meet and work with individuals from other countries and backgrounds.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I can be sure that none of my days are the same as each other. This opportunity to work in one of the busiest ports in the early part of my career has given me a great platform to learn new things and understand the intricate details of the port operations. It has also given me the opportunity to learn several new skills to reach my potential.
What would you say to someone who wants to join this industry?
The most important thing that I would say is have an appetite for thinking outside of the box and don’t fear the fast-paced nature of the working environment.
What are the strengths that make your job in this industry stimulating?
As a graduate whose main form of work is data analysis, I am coming to see how the outcome of each project is helping the Port to take a more data driven approach to their decisions based on accurate forecasts and trend analysis. This in turn can aid us in making critical long-term decisions to cater to their needs.
Jeev’s Typical Workday
8:30AM – 9:30PM: Collecting traffic flow data from both border control booth, completing booth checks and adding them to the database
9:30AM – 11:00PM: Collecting data for other projects and scheduling/attending meetings with various internal stakeholders to gain more insight regarding the objectives and to give an update on the progress to make course changes if required
11:00PM – 12:00PM: Conduct academic research for the project needs and requirements and research about similar projects within the industry to approach and project with the most methodologies and process
12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch
1:00PM – 2:00PM: Collection of traffic data at various times of the day to create a robust dataset
2:00PM – 3:30PM: Build various models of time series predictive models to test their effectiveness
3:30PM – 5:00PM: Organise data collected for each project from various internal stakeholders