Cameron Stickley came to Eastleigh College with a sound knowledge of Business Finance from his school studies, but little knowledge of Business Administration or Logistics. Now having completed a Level 3 course in Business Admin, he has discovered a new interest in Logistics and a successful work experience stint has helped him visualise his next career steps.
Highlights of Cameron’s time at Eastleigh College have included team building exercises, employer talks and a variety of field trips, including to the Southampton Maritime Centre and most recently, a special docks event held by shipping group Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
Cameron commented: "One of my favourite experiences was visiting The Solent University, where we spent an afternoon in the Maritime centre learning about getting a degree within the industry. We also found out about the different types of equipment they use on ships and spent time in their immersive centre, driving ships and working on a freight crane.”
For his work experience, Cameron spent a week at Meachers Global Logistics at Southampton. During this week he spent time shadowing and participating in the different departments of the organisation, learning how they operate and the various functions they perform.
All of the College tutors have been very helpful in finding me different work experience placements in the industry and helped me conduct my own research on the different logistics companies around Southampton
A Meachers representative commented: “Cameron showed a mature and confident manner throughout his week in the Carnival Operations department. He blended in well and we would welcome him back anytime”.
Across 13 criteria assessing his work experience performance, such as Teamwork, Professional Attitude and Initiative, Cameron was graded ‘Excellent’ in every one.
Cameron has since developed an ambition to work in logistics as a career, and has his sights set initially on the local Southampton docks, being conveniently closely located to the site. He also has a goal to do this as part of a wider education programme, whether a degree or an apprenticeship.
Cameron commented: “Next year I am mainly looking forward to learning more about the Logistics industry and what it has to offer. In the future, I hope to complete more work experience, employer talks and site visits and have more tasks that involve group work within the classroom.”
Jacqueline Beavis, Head of Business and Logistics at Eastleigh College, said: “Cameron has shown a real passion for working in the logistics industry and it’s great to see that since completing his course, he is even more enthusiastic for his future career.”