My day to day responsibilities include repair and maintenance of reefer container and electrical equipment’s onboard the vessel. I enjoy my work because I get to see new places and the challenges that I encounter every day at work. It’s a continuous learning experience.
The challenge that I always encounter even up to now is that people doubt my abilities even after having over 14 years of experience. To be honest being a woman, is really physically challenging in my line of duty. However, it makes me become more resourceful and work smarter to complete my daily task.
My advice to women who are new in the seafaring industry is to focus on what you can do and don’t let people’s negative attitude get into you. Do your best because working onboard a vessel is really hard and challenging. Take good care of yourself and don’t let anyone take advantage of you.
Karen is currently a Electro Technical Officer.