South Florida Intercoastal

Boys and Girls Club Broward County Marine Industry Career Day

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Aug 27, 2019 Tue

MIASF welcomed 70 high school students who attend the Boys and Girls Club Broward County (BGCBC) program to its headquarters in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where a panel of young marine industry professionals discussed various career paths, jobs, and the benefits of working in an exciting and growing industry. The panel, moderated by Sean Smith, MIASF’s director of development and host of the Salty Jobs video series, included Ionna Hernandez, business development manager from Yachts – International Registries; Richard Grennen, co-founder and CEO of FHG Marine Engineering; Juno Prudhomm, yacht broker at Denison Yacht Sales; and Megan Lagasse-Washington, marine director at Pier Sixty-Six Marina. Offering lots of career advice and tips on putting their best foot forward, panelists recommended that the students begin practicing important soft skills now, like having a positive attitude, being helpful and thoughtful, using proper grammar, being on time, and making relatable connections with interviewers and eventual co-workers. The students also enjoyed a newsletter writing activity with Lucy Reed, publisher of The Triton news publication, and a Water Taxi boat ride to Lauderdale Marine Center, where they visited six marine businesses and participated in a scavenger hunt.