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Penning my story 8: What next?

It was such a fruitful day, I had just finished talking to a group of young girls about the maritime industry and why they needed to join and enroll in STEM courses. I had decided to step out and get ice cream. That is when I received the call that would see me sit by the roadside, head between my legs, tears uncontrollably streaming, wondering, why me? If you have followed this journey with me, you know I decided to go back to sea to get a higher license. It was after three years of struggling due to gender discrimination that I got placement even though it meant starting from scratch, as a cadet. In layman’s term, a cadet is more like an undergrad intern.Being a very hopeful person, I decided this was better than nothing. I started over. Honestly, those were some of the best days of my life. I worked so hard the captain asked me to stay longer (still within contractual limits). I was dedicated, I had to win this. My appraisal came, it was excellent with a promotion recommendation to now have an independent watch and to rejoin the same team.Lo and behold, that never happened. […]

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Penning my Story 1: Chin Up

Hello loves, (Warning: This is a wordy post- but totally worth it!) I have decided to do things differently every new month. I’ve Started a new segment ‘Penning my story’ where I get to share my career and life journey as a seafarer and also empower women to continue achieving their best regardless of their gender barriers)   For those who are not aware, I am a navigating officer with a Second officer Rank on board merchant navy ships and a marine pilot at the Kenya Ports Authority. Now before I say much, here is a brief insight on this career so that you may comprehend the story that follows. To rise to your next rank you need to work onboard foreign going vessels for a period of not less than 18months and some class work.   Kenya doesn’t own merchant navy ships so one needs to be contracted from foreign companies   This is done through crewing agencies and no; we have no crewing agency in Kenya.   Finally it is a male dominated career. If im not wrong we make up 2% the maritime task force (click here)   Now that you have a rough idea let me tell you my story. […]

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