New Zealand Maritime School graduate Matthew Hope-Johnson is a Marine Engineer for Holland America Line.
"Working on a cruise line, we get the opportunity to visit amazing places. I've been to Alaska, Canada, down the east and west coasts of America, through the Panama Canal, around Asia. All our travel is paid for, so it's a great way to see the world."
Matthew studied a three-year diploma in marine engineering and has a Certificate of Competency in large merchant vessels. "We're basically in charge of anything mechanical on the cruise ship. For example, we make sure there's plenty of freshwater generated, that the propulsion is right, we're working on an engine the size of a building and maintaining the high voltage levels - there's so many things we do."
"As part of our training we have to do six months of sea time, which gives you real-world work experience. Our lecturers are all from the industry – we learn subjects like maths and physics, but they make it relevant to marine engineering, so it means you get the knowledge you need for the real world."
"If you're looking for a job that lets you travel the world and pays well, definitely consider a career in maritime. It's not always glamorous, you have to get stuck in and work hard, but it's an awesome job. I couldn't think of anything better to do."