Becoming a shipbroker

Shipbroking is a complex profession. Whilst there are no formal entry qualifications you will need to possess many skills and attributes just to be considered for an entry-level position.

Even gaining a basic knowledge of the shipping industry takes time. 

There are many aspects to the industry and you will need to do some research to help you choose your career path.  Your research will also help you to appreciate the scale and depth of the profession - and, after all, being able to gather information is a hugely important part of being a broker. Gaining experience in the shipping industry wherever you can will help your career prospects and demonstrate your dedication. 

Shipbroking is a demanding career and you will need to be extremely dedicated to succeed.  In addition to hard work and commitment, you will need to have the right skills and personality - at the end of the day as much as being about ships, ours is a people business.

All of our successful brokers are recognised experts in their field. They know how to develop individuals who have the talent and determination to become our next generation of shipbrokers.

Bob Knight

Successful careers in shipbroking begin with skilled counsel and guidance and our collective knowledge base is both wide and deep. This is one of the reasons we are successful in our field and why every year we look to hire talented individuals to become entry-level shipbrokers. 

To be considered for an entry-level shipbroking employment opportunity you will need to be:

  • eligible under the Clarksons Trainee Broker Programme; or
  • able to demonstrate that you have received technical training and relevant work experience in the shipping industry.

We only hire individuals who best demonstrate their commitment, talent and passion to become a successful member of our team.