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The Cyprus Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has rightfully a leading position in the local shipping industry. The Institute has qualified tutors who have a wide variety of skills and experience in the shipping industry. They are industry experts who believe in coaching students to perform to the best of their ability while encouraging explorative learning and critical thinking. From my experience, I have met inspiring and knowledgeable tutors with an interest in a wide range of specialised segments in the world of maritime. Those people are the ones who help students to go the extra mile and gain the necessary knowledge and confidence to succeed in the competitive shipping industry.

I have been a student at the Cyprus Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since February 2018. Before starting my professional qualifying examinations, which form the pinnacle of the ICS qualification, I had earned a BSc (Hons) Degree in Economics at the University of Bath. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I started working at Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd in Limassol, Cyprus. The reason of becoming a student at the ICS was mainly to embark my academic knowledge on maritime education and enhance my skills to achieve my career aspirations. My experience so far as a student at the ICS has been invaluable. The examinations have helped me gain a lot of knowledge and helped me improve on my skills in many different areas of the industry.

So far, I have completed three out of seven examinations of the Professional Qualification, namely Introduction to Shipping, Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade and Port Agency. Overall, I have scored good marks in the examinations and I have been awarded the Shipbrokers’ Register Award to the candidate gaining the highest marks in Port Agency in the Qualifying Examinations in 2019. I am deeply pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to the tutors and all the members of the Cyprus Branch of the ICS who supported me, encouraged me and provided me with all the necessary guidance and coaching to achieve something awesome. I have attended the Port Agency Tutor Revision Session which has been very effective and of great importance since I had the benefit to learn from clear explanations, tailored practise questions and tips on exam technique. The revision session helped me to acquire superior subject knowledge and self-confidence necessary to fulfil my potential.

Being taught and mentored by industry experts with a remarkable experience and expertise in shipping is a unique opportunity that plots the path to success. Furthermore, having all these connections with professional people in the maritime community helps students to step outside their comfort zone and start sharing opinions and thoughts about the industry, expanding their supportive network and getting advice and tips on how to achieve career development and progression. I therefore, highly recommend the Cyprus Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers to anyone who wishes to differentiate and succeed in the maritime industry.

Maria Constantinidou
Purchasing Officer
COLUMBIA Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG

October 2019