In the beginning of my career it was hard for me to do work as well as my male counterparts but over time I learnt, and with good colleagues to help me and teach me I became who I am now and confident in my work. Being away from home and my family and friends is the hardest part about my job I miss them every day but they are very supportive in the career I chose, although doing this work for six years now doesn’t make me immune from missing home.
In our fleet I don’t see any gender discrimination anymore. I see that there are so many women now on the maritime industry and it is already well accepted and respected by men. For a change I would like to thank all the organizations who have supported and promoted women. Without them, I believe that acceptance of female in this industry will be unlikely.
To the women coming into this industry be humble: don’t try to be like men be you. If you can’t do a task ask for help. Know your strength and weaknesses, Study and always learn from your mistake and mistake of others.
Chelsea is currently a Third officer.