Maritime Career Market | 5 + 6 September 2024

Enthralling. International. You at the heart of it.

Do you love the ocean, ships and modern technology? Can you imagine tackling something big alongside others and learning something new time and again? We are delighted that you want to look into your career prospects in an industry that is more varied than almost any other: worldwide, the maritime economy transports more than 90% of all handled goods, takes people to their holiday destinations and leads researchers to new discoveries.

On land and at sea, it offers intriguing possibilities on the path to green shipping – meaning that it’s becoming more sustainable, more digital and even more integrated with other industries such as renewable energies. If you want to help shape the future, you’ve come to the right place.

Training. Academic study. Job profiles.

At the Maritime Career Market, you can look forward to a tailored programme: leading companies and universities provide information on future-oriented training and study options and look forward to getting to know you. At no other trade fair for professional guidance is the maritime industry represented as completely as it is here.

At the Career Forum, you’ll get exciting insights into various themes during presentations and talks – from job profiles and starting salaries to work–life balance and on-the-job development opportunities. Here, you’ll get a genuine feel for everything a maritime career has to offer.


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Pay nothing – do everything:

Free entry

In our ticket shop, school pupils, students and teachers can order free tickets to enter the Maritime Career Market on 5 + 6 September.

Entry to SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, is also free of charge on both days! Please have your pupil/student ID to hand at the entrance.

Your ticket is also valid for your journey to and from the fair by public transport within Hamburg during the days of the fair.


Free travel – or really cheap


Super nice: If you order a free SMM ticket for pupils and students in the ticket shop, you can also use it to travel to and from SMM free of charge on buses and trains operated by the Hamburg Transport Authority (hvv).

Anyone under 27 coming from elsewhere can travel by train, for example, at the Super Young discount priceOnce you are in Hamburg, you can also use the underground and buses to the trade fair free of charge with your SMM ticket.


We're here

There’s plenty going on across the entire trade show site for SMM, with more than 40,000 specialists from all over the world meeting to see the latest technical developments in the maritime industry.

A little tip: the best way to reach the Maritime Career Market on the upper floor of hall B2 is via the Central Entrance. Opposite the Maritime Career Market is where you’ll find the Open Stage – this is where the Career Forum programme takes place, as well as the Career Happy Hour.

Already got tickets?

Entry is free of charge for school pupils, students and teachers! You can order free tickets for 5 + 6 September in our ticket shop.

And, of course, you know that entry to SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, is included free of charge on both days! Please have your pupil/student ID to hand at the entrance. Your ticket is also valid for your journey to and from the fair by public transport within Hamburg during the days of the fair.

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Be smart at the Career Forum

Reinventing shipping and saving the oceans with artificial intelligence? What works in practice? What exciting tasks are there? What can I learn, become and earn? The Career Forum on the Open Stage is the place where young trainees and industry insiders reveal all and answer questions on hot topics and starting out in a maritime career.

On 5 September, it all kicks off at 10.30 a.m., with one highlight after another – for two whole days. Be there!


Welcome to the Career Happy Hour

Relaxing together after a first day chock-full of information and letting it all sink in – this is what the Career Happy Hour on 5 September is all about.

From 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., the Open Stage invites you to join in some casual networking with the maritime community – you’ll have no trouble making useful contacts for your career here. Music is provided by the DJ, the food and drinks are on us.


These companies and universities would love to introduce themselves


Get to know even more employers

And away from the Maritime Career Market, too, there’s plenty of focus on career entry and development prospects in the maritime economy.

As one of six theme routes at SMM, the Job Route guides you to exhibitors from various sectors who all have one thing in common: interesting career offers for specialists and upcoming young talent.


Be Part of the Maritime Future

Here’s where the action is

Want to find out more about subjects like sustainability in ship construction, experience technology first-hand, and have fun as a group at the same time? Then get involved with the Pupils’ Rally on 6 September! The school rally is organised by VSM, the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association.

Led by students in maritime disciplines, you’ll explore the trade fair site and get to know a range of businesses and training/study options in the maritime industry.

Group registrations are possible and can be submitted by e-mail to


Guided tour for students and trainees

Are you eagerly anticipating discussions on getting started with your career and interested in concrete offers?

Then register for a guided tour on 5 September. In the afternoon, we kick off with a short talk at the Career Forum.

You’ll then meet human resources representatives from companies from the electronics, shipbuilding, ship technology, mechanical engineering and marine equipment segments, making crucial contacts that you can develop at your leisure during the subsequent Career Happy Hour.


Landlubber or water baby?

It all comes down to your type: answer four questions on your personality and find out which training path in shipping could suit you best. Along with your result, you’ll receive extensive information on training, careers, salary and much more, as well as links to schools, shipping companies and ship types.

An entertaining and informative website from the Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt vocational training centre and the Zentralverband Deutscher Schiffsmakler.


Surfing tips for at home

Following your visit to the Maritime Career Market, you can explore the maritime industry and its numerous training and career paths in more detail from your own home. These websites make it easy to find your way around:

Maritime Zukunft

The Maritime Zukunft information portal for the German maritime industry provides an overview of all study courses, vocational careers and numerous maritime companies that may prove relevant for a career in the shipbuilding and marine technology sector.

Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg career portal provides information on internships, training, dual study and direct hire. Here, you’ll get concrete offers from a range of locations in North Germany.

Deutscher Schifffahrtstag

On the Deutscher Schifffahrtstag website, you’ll find out a great deal about vocational careers and study courses with a maritime focus. A broad overview with helpful links to additional info.

Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland

On the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland job board, you’ll find jobs in the field of innovation, management, administration and organisation. You’ll also find vacancies for student trainees here.

Information for teachers

As a teacher, you will find all the important information here at a glance.

Stay tuned


Nina Krüger

Conference Manager

Manager MS&D | gmec | Maritime Career Market | Open Stages

Nina Krüger