05-24-2012, 09:52 AM
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Well I will take a shot at this :P
1. A little background info (what you do/who you are)
Female, 22 yo, working as a shipbroker. Which in simple terms arranges ships to pick up a dry bulk cargo (such as wheat,corn, etc) and deliver it to another country.
2. What is your definition of success?
Success is when I as an individual feel I have made progress in my goals whether short or long term.
3. What training/ education did you need to take to get your position? (Degree/BA)
Well I hear from ppl in this industry that about 10 or so years ago you didn't need a degree to do this work. But over time having a maritime background proved beneficial in furthering your climb up the later. So to start off you more or less need atleast a BA in some form of shipping or business background
4. Has the way things are done in you 'field' changed compared to when you began? (tech, procedure, training)
Yes, the technology we deal with is constantly changing and there are always new laws/regulations made to make the shipping industry safer.
4. What have you done to stay on top of those changes?
Just have to keep up and stay afloat and not fall behind :/
5. How have these changes affected your career in terms of salery? Hours?
Not really, I work 10 hour days in an office and continue to work at home. If I were actually working on the ships or focusing on the law aspects of shipping I would assume it would change.
6. Are you happy with your job? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I love working in the shipping industry. Everyone knows everyone and there is always something to do. Plus there will always be a need for shipping.
I don't like it because since I am still starting off I get the worst hours, which is understandable but it hurts my time with my horses. And hopefully in the next few years I can get different office hours.
7. What have you learned about the work force based on your experiences?
Since I do alot of work internationally I have learned alot about how ppl in different areas handle business... for example and no offense is meant its just what I have gathered from the few ppl I have spoken to and met with
Danish tend to think they are better then everyone and the other company should always do what they say no matter what. They will not bend over backwards to help anyone.
Japanese tend to be very loyal and like to make and keep good relations with everyone they work with..however they tend to ask to many questions which usually costs them the business.
Chinese tend to be loyal as well but like to rush into things very quickly
South america tend to try to take advantage of everything so you must becareful in how you say things, usually being blunt is very much appreciated so that there is no misconception.
Other than that I have learned alot which is hard to explain... I know security issues on board ships, where pirates are usually located, which body of waters are at a certain temperature at different times of the year, what ships can hold what type of cargo/containers, how many ppl are needed to work on a certain ship, etc etc
8. What are some of the skills you needed to acquire inorder to do well in your career?
Need to be very social and be able to talk about what you do without sounding like an idiot because that will reflect mostly on who does business with you. (which I probably now sound like an idiot lol)
9. What tips would you give a highschool student who is planning their career?
Well I would say volunteer and intern at as many companies as possible to give you an idea of what is out there. I never new of the shipping industry until my dad randomly found the college I went to online. You will want to think about office life vs working outdoors, 9-5 or 24/7 work days, little things like that will help narrow down what you think is best for you.
10. What did you want to do growing up?
Haha I wanted to be a professional female soccer player hahaha that was the dream job
But the real job I wanted was working in a national park as permenant employee out west somewhere either being a ranger or guide... I am still considering going for training for the law enforcement for the national park rangers...
11. What other careers/jobs have you had?
I have had a few jobs. In highschool I worked at a gas station... yes in jersey we pump the gas for the driver.. I have also helped my fathers side business of landscaping with gardening and coming up with landscape designs for homeowners, I have also worked as a park ranger in ny at sagamore hill national historic site (theodore roosevelt's home) which was probably the best job ever and not bc it was a government job but bc it was great interacting with people and kids and tryign to relive the old days :)
Hope that helped. Good luck with your class :)