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‘Waste of time’ work experience leads to love of ocean depths

Published: January 31, 2017

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A student who thought his work experience placement would be “a waste of time” has discovered a passion for deep sea exploration.

Josh Mitchell, a Falmouth Marine Science student wasn’t keen on completing his mandatory 100 hours of work experience until he started at (KME) Kernow Marine Explorations Global LTD.

His placement included gaining practical experience of using an ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), which is fundamental to deep sea exploration.

Josh, 28, from Helston said working at KME “has given me direction and opened my eyes to what is available in the workplace”.

“At first I wasn’t really keen on work experience, I thought it was a waste of time, but how wrong was I?” he explained.

“I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do as a career, just that I was interested in marine,” he continued.

“After doing my work experience I now know that I want to go into ocean exploration. Not only do I have a clear direction of where I want to develop my career, I have experience in an area that you would have to pay thousands for.”

KME presented Josh with a competency certificate in an Introduction to Remote Operated Vehicles and company director Angelina Rose, said “it has been a pleasure providing a placement for Josh”.

“He has shown total commitment, around his daughter and his college work,” she continued, adding that Josh made “such a great impression” he will continue to work with KME on mini projects.
“We are keen to offer other students placements and are in the process of putting together a short course to help them understand ROV’s as a marine career,” Angelina added.

Head of College Justin Olosunde commented: “We are extremely grateful to KME and our other business partners that offer their time to our students and support this initiative. We pride ourselves in being a career college and the mandatory 100 hours work experience component on our degree programmes ensure that our learners are work ready and have a taste of their future.”

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