March 14, 2022
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that on March 9, the company held an online lecture for Shizuoka Johoku High School in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City. The event, organized by Shizuoka City, was designed to encourage students to think about their own careers and futures through opinion exchanges with adults working in global fields. Over 500 freshman and sophomore students from 14 classes joined through online connections from their classrooms.
The lecture grew out of connections between MOL, which has been working with Mauritius since 2020 to restore and conserve the natural environment and ecosystems and contribute to local communities and industries in Mauritius, and Shizuoka City, which served as the host town for the Mauritius national team during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
The first half of the lecture began with an outline of the ocean shipping industry by MOL, followed by a roundtable discussion with four MOL employees (two each in land-based and seagoing jobs). They talked about their jobs, the challenges and rewards of working with an ocean shipping company, and how they chose future careers, and offered guidance to young people thinking about their careers. In the second half of the even, the students participated in a quiz-show contest related to the ocean shipping industry.
Comments from students included, "I gained a deeper understanding of the ocean shipping industry," and, "Today, anything can happen, such as the situation in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, so this event was a good opportunity to think about flexibility and how I can play an active role in global society."
MOL continues activities related to career support, providing opportunities for many more young people to learn about the role of the ocean shipping industry and career opportunities open to them.