P&O Assessment Centre (Day 2)

Monday, March 13th, 2006 at 00:00 | by Alistair Baillie

The day started off with a very early rise for breakfast, which was being served at 0730 in the college’s refectory. I then briefly returned to my room to get changed into my suit before heading down to the campus reception to meet the other candidates that were attending the assessment centre, and to wait for one of the P&O staff arriving.

The assessment centre started off with a presentation about Carnival UK, and specifically about the P&O UK and P&O Princess ships.

The presentation was followed by a group work exercise – we got it totally wrong – although we did guess one of the answers correctly. I suppose 1 out of 4 isn’t all that bad.

After a short break we started the first of several short aptitude tests, which I feel were the hardest of all the tests we were given. Then we were taken on a tour of the Warsash campus by one of the Warsash staff which ended in the refectory where we had lunch together before returning to sit a maths test (calculators allowed!), followed by a test to see how we communicate on paper.

I then returned to my room around 1630 and watched TV and the ships sailing into and out of Southampton (I think it was the port of Southampton – but the view from my window was amazing, especially at night when everything was lit up) until 1830 before heading to the campus bar to meet the other cadets and the persons from P&O for dinner at 1900.

Two cadets who were currently on the course came along to dinner with us which I thought was a brilliant idea as it gave us all a chance to ask questions which they were more than happy to answer. I learned a lot from the conversations with the cadets, and I now want to go to sea more than ever!

After dinner once the persons from P&O and the cadets had left us, we all retreated to the campus bar, and I eventually left for bed around 2300, all in all a very worthwhile, if somewhat exhausting day.

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