International Women’s Day – Kaya Teare

(Centre in Photo)

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.

What do you hope for yourself and other women in the workplace in the future?

I would like to see women in senior ranks and in all departments. Let’s reduce the gender gap and include women in all teams, so it is not a novelty. I hope the upcoming female cadets are given the same opportunity and support I have received for a successful career at sea.