Go with Maersk

70 people across 29 nationalities are enrolled in the new Maersk graduate programme, Go with Maersk. A few months into their two-year journey, three of them share their experiences so far, i.e. in relation to work, training and what inspired them to apply.

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What is Go with Maersk?

The Go with Maersk graduate programme opened to external applicants in January 2017. The first class of 70 recruits for the new programme was selected before the summer from more than 20,000 applications.
The 2-year programme combines work experience in different job placements across the T&L division with 4 educational modules taught by the University of California Berkeley and internal leaders from Maersk. The 2-year programme is followed by a 2-year expatriation into a different part of the world.
The first module, held in Shanghai in November, focused on getting to know Maersk, its history, values and role in the world economy. It included training in communication, leadership, presentation skills and an in-depth analysis of Damco and Maersk Line.

Susu Zhang did not need her math degree to know that surviving a plane crash in northern Canada was a low probability event. Staying alive was her next challenge.

With her in the plane were 69 other graduates in Go with Maersk, the new graduate programme aimed at attracting and developing external talent for the Maersk Transport & Logistics division. Fortunately, there was no burning jet; this was just an exercise as part of a 10-day education and training module at the Radisson Blu hotel in Pudong, Shanghai.

Facilitating the survival exercise was Andrew Isaacs, Senior Lecturer at the University of California Berkeley. Besides luck, he told them, surviving a plane crash requires a lot of the same problem-solving skills that business leaders need in order to succeed, including: creating goals (survive the day, survive the night); a strategy to meet them; and a prioritised set of actions and decisions along the way.

“These graduates have been in their first Maersk job for a few months now. The Shanghai module is the first time they are all together so it included a variety of elements to enable them to network and build on their work experience with new skills and perspectives and, of course, inspire and motivate them,” says Louise Bjerring, Programme Manager of Go with Maersk at Human Resources, Maersk Transport & Logistics division.