What are your travel essentials? I am currently packing my hand luggage ready for my flight on Saturday. I would like to think that I am a now a pro when it comes to packing, there are a few essentials that I just can not travel without. The most precious of these items being a few photographs of my wonderful family, I like to think these keep me safe on my latest adventure.Read More
I am writing this blog post from my cabin whilst enjoying a peaceful sail to the port of Great Yarmouth. I have been sitting up on the bridge this morning watching the waves roll with the sun bouncing off of them. The month of March has been a very busy one as per usual, I have practicallyrelocated across the pond to the historic city of Amsterdam. I am a huge fan of Amsterdam - the architecture, food, culture are all so refreshing. A 45 minute flight from my home town makes working out here so accessible with minimal jet lag for a change.Read More
What a whirlwind start to the year it has been, i have been out of the country just as much as I have been home. My passport has seen plenty of action - Denmark, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris and Chicago. The amount of travelling involved with my job is the element I love the most. So far all of my work related trips this year were planned no more than two days in advance, spontaneous is something my job most certainly is. I am writing this blog post onboard one of our vessels in Amsterdam, a trip I only found out about yesterday upon returning to the UK from Chicago - my point exactly!Read More
I am beyond excited to be able to announce that I am 'back in the saddle' as they say, I'm back at it working within the energy sector. I have accepted a new and exciting position that I am feeling beyond positive about. It has been a very full on first week and I have definitely had to hit the ground running. I am currently getting ready to head to Esbjerg, Denmark tomorrow, I have so missed the travelling involved with my line of work.Read More
Over the course of the past few months I have given my sea legs a rest, swapping the ocean for the beautiful countryside of Norfolk, England. I have recently been supervising a ground investigation being undertaken as part of the construction of the new Northern Distributor Road (NDR). The role of a supervisor is still very new to me, there is an increased amount of pressure on your shoulders to deliver. I am so used to working on the back deck of a vessel, getting my hands dirty, sampling and testing samples so it has been very strange taking a step back leaving the technicians and drillers to do all the dirty work. We have had some glorious sunshine in the UK over the past week, a little hard to enjoy it when your in head to toe PPE but none the less it's great working outside in the sunshine and the fresh air.
The concept and procedure of an onshore ground investigation is very similar to that of an offshore investigation. Fortunately my knowledge and previous field experience have come in very handy giving me immediate confidence. The basic principal of drilling applies along with the target of obtaining and delivering high integrity samples and data to the client. The offshore site investigation sector is still very unsettled but I am keeping busy transferring and adapting my offshore geotechnical skills to onshore civil engineering projects.
I am always conscious of the fact that I am usually a fair bit younger than the guys I work with and now being in a supervisor's position I felt more conscious of this fact than ever. I have experienced age discrimination during my time offshore on a couple of occasions which have always stuck in my mind. Fortunately the drilling crew I had operating with me were during this project were fantastic and after the first day I soon felt completely comfortable in a supervisory position.
Throughout this downturn I have stressed to my followers that you have to remain positive and proactive. Offshore skill sets are transferrable. I can now not only add onshore drilling experience to my CV but site supervision also. This downturn has taught me that you can't plan too far ahead in terms of your career as I for sure didn't see myself working onshore supervising a ground investigation this time last year.
I love to hear from my followers especially comments and feedback regarding published blog posts. I recently received a comment from Jenny (Hi Jenny) that in all honesty ruffled my feathers. The comment notification popped into my email account and whilst reading the opening sentence 'So don't agree with woman offshore.' - I initially thought it was a comment from a male follower, sorry for the assumption. This is my first critical and somewhat controversial piece of feedback I have received regarding being a female in the offshore energy sector. I am always proud to state within my press releases and interviews that sexual discrimination is something I am yet to experience - until now. I am genuinely shocked that my first encounter with female discrimination is from a fellow 'sheila'.
I have been brought up in a household of equal opportunities, I have my mother to thank for my offshore career choice as she initiated the idea. I have never been a feminist, I will never be a feminist but I will defend the place of females within the offshore energy sector. It is a male dominant industry but the offshore role is not a 'male role' this misconception needs to addressed and shifted. Offshore is about teamwork, your gender, sexuality or race dont come into the equation. Like I have said previously, I am not oblivious to the fact that I am not your stereotypical offshore worker, but that isn't to say that I am not suited to this line of work.
'A beautiful women is a beautiful women, but a beautiful women with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination' - Prabal Gurung
We live in a world where you can do both, having career does not make you selfish. There are so many hardworking women out there that successfully juggle a career and a family. My family is the most important thing to me in life and I want nothing more than to one day be a mother, just not yet. About 95% of the guys I work with have families and children that rely on them. People fail to appreciate that they are away from home, missing out on so much to provide for them. It is completely unfair to think of this acceptable for men but not for women.
So Jenny, thank you for your opinion and feedback it is much appreciated as always. Your comments have reinforced the importance and reasoning behind why I started the blog in the first place. Your negativism will not discourage me, working offshore is the best decision I have ever made and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved and I am excited about my future within the industry.
Happy International Women's Day (IWD) to all you strong independent females out there. Today is a global celebration that aims to highlight and inspire women across the world. Events will be taking place all over the world to mark the plight and celebrate women's achievements. Every year IWD has a different focus and theme, this year it is - “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.
There is an extensive history behind the annual International Women's Day. The event was first organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries back in 1911. When IWD first began women were campaigning and demanding that they be given the right to vote. Their efforts were successful and in 1918 women received the rights to vote.
I am a proud female working in a male dominant industry on a mission to raise awareness to a women's place within the energy sector. There is nothing stopping women fulfilling a successful career within the energy sector both onshore or offshore.
You are your own barrier, not the industry!