It was not easy to grow in this industry. I started on cargo ships and it was hard but I’m thankful for that experience because I learned a lot. Every contract was different for me I can say. Some of them were hard and some pretty much easy. All in all you learn a lot not only about your job but also about people and yourself. Every day is a challenge especially after few months when you start getting exhausted and start being homesick. This job has it’s beautiful sides but also bad ones, but I guess every job is like that. I’m thankful for this job because I saw so many beautiful places and met a lot of people. It’s an experience, every day is something new happening. As I said it’s not easy but if you have your goal you can do and overcome everything.
Being a female in this male industry is quite challenging but honestly I never really had and major challenge, I can say I was lucky to have good male colleagues but sometimes we female officers have to prove ourselves a bit more in order to gain respect and trust from our male colleagues.Of course there was a lot of doubts in my capabilities but I think that is “normal” because this is mostly male job or at least it was. Now the things changed and a lot of people realized that we females can do and give the same quality of work as our male colleagues.
I think they are giving us a chance to grow more than ever. I’m pleased to see that a lot of females are becoming officers and even captains. It means that the organisation together with companies are with us.
Sandra is currently a Third Deck/Bridge Officer