Summer is over, and school is back in full swing which means the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is right around the corner! With the busy season approaching, many marine businesses are shifting into hiring mode which means lots of opportunity for recently graduated high school and technical college students.
The trade-skills gap here in South Florida has been well documented with a recent Miami Herald article stating that South Florida has become a worker’s market resulting in higher wages and an increase in new employee training. With wages in the marine industry already 28% higher than the state average, there is a great opportunity for young men and women to carve out long-term marine industry careers without breaking the bank for a university education.
Several local high school and college students got a jump on this opportunity this past summer, working with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for placement in summer internships in the marine industry. Some students are even continuing to work at their internships throughout the school year, further preparing them for a smooth transition into industry following their graduation.
In addition to internships, volunteering is a great way for students to begin to learn the industry while developing their personal network. Something as simple as volunteering at a waterway cleanup or industry event could introduce you to someone who could be a useful contact when it becomes time to find a career. While school is a time for learning and making friends, it never hurts to begin preparing for your future. A marine industry career could be closer than you think!