I have recently entered the industry as a Deck Cadet but unfortunately COVID-19 has had a negative impact I would say towards my training onboard. Many of my crew mates and officers are not able to go home as there is no crew change. They are experiencing extreme fatigue which has resulted in them not giving their 100% when it comes to training me. I have had to learn and figure out things on my own which has led me to feel sometimes overwhelmed and uncertain when performing tasks.
Challenges I have faced so far onboard include language barrier, being questioned as to why I am I here and inappropriate comments and gestures from the crew. Overcoming these challenges have not been easy but I stand up for myself and point it out when something is wrong and needs to be stopped. I’m super grateful for this opportunity and experience, it has been an eye opening one and I have learnt so much about myself and my capabilities.