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What is it like working for Global Marine Group?

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Global Marine Group operates in what is traditionally seen as a mainly male dominated industry, subsea engineering. The Group is committed to breaking down barriers for those considering a career with us, including offering enviable leave allowance, learning and development opportunities, mental health and wellbeing support and more.

We spoke to some of our incredible female employees to find out more about their challenges and achievements at Global Marine Group.

Kaya Teare, Second Officer

What were your challenges?

I started this career because I loved the idea of doing something adventurous and completely different to any option given to me at school. At the beginning of my career I worked hard to prove myself as capable and competent. I was always aware of how my reputation would proceed me. I am currently the Second Officer on board the Cable Retriever and feel respected and have found the balance between keeping my personality and professionalism. Naturally working away from home and loved ones can be isolating but especially so when you are surrounded by men, mostly twice your age. However, they have made life at sea fun.

What opportunities were you given, or made for yourself, and who helped you on your journey?

I am very thankful for all the support I have received from my colleagues, especially from the Deck Department. I am studying to complete my Chief Mates certification and am proud of my career so far.

Cheryl Ong, Commercial Manager

What were your challenges?

There are certain societal expectations and beliefs about women’s leadership/working abilities that exist since decades ago. However, I have come to realise that we need to be confident and assertive when dealing with matters, in order to gain recognition. The more a woman tries to shy away from a problem or confrontation, the more unlikely a woman gets anywhere. Challenges should be embraced with open arms and personally, the way I deal with such situations, is to always think from others’ points of views. Whilst balancing family and work is a challenge, it is not a challenge AT work. It is important to keep family and work matters separate, in order to achieve a favourable outcome.

What opportunities were you given, or made for yourself, and who helped you on your journey?

Thankfully, I had been given the opportunity to learn throughout my journey in my current company. Having a supportive line manager is extremely crucial and I am proud to say that my line manager is always there to mentor me when needed. At the same time, it is important to ensure our voices are heard. When asked for opinion, speak up. When not much guidance is given, do not just wait for things to happen. We need to be proactive and propose ideas. One thing I have learnt is to always try to come up with an answer for every problem.

What was your greatest achievement?

To be honest, what can be the greatest achievement for a woman with children? The fact that we gave birth to little humans is no mean feat. From here on, it is a juggling act at its best. My greatest achievement is to forge a strong bond with the people who work together with me. Only with a great team, can we achieve great things.