Name: Josslynne Brown
Job Title: Lecturer
What year did you start at South Shields Marine School?
How did you start your training?
I started my training by doing a cadetship on cruise ships.
How does it feel to be nominated for a Rising Star Award at the upcoming Maritime UK Awards?
I was over the moon to discover I had been nominated for the Rising Star Award by South Shields Marine School. I have always tried to be the best that I can be since starting within the Maritime Industry, The Marine School as well as the team I work with have always been a supporter of that. We are a really close team, we all try to ensure the best possible outcomes for our learners, it’s just so lovely to be recognised!
What active roles have you took part in to promote maritime as a career choice for women?
I am part of a Women in Maritime task force at the Marine School, our aim is to promote the maritime industry to women as well as implement strategies to ensure that our female learners have a support network around them.
I also spend a lot of time traveling around schools and colleges for careers events and activity days to promote careers at sea. I believe that having a female representative at these events is really important in helping to empower young women and promote the industry as well as other STEM careers.
I am also currently doing a BSc in Marine Operations, my chosen subject for my research and dissertation is the continuing gender gap within the Merchant Navy, I am focussing my research on previous initiatives to increase female participation over the past 100 years and their success as well as why, despite such initiatives there is still such a vast gender gap.
What does World Maritime Day mean to you (this year’s theme is empowering women, what does this topic mean to you)?
To me, World Maritime Day is an excellent opportunity to introduce people from all walks of life to the industry as well as recognise what an important role everyone within the industry plays. The industry really is open to anyone regardless of their background and I think its really important to show this side to everyone.
This years theme of empowering women is so important to me. It is proof that times have changed within the industry and will continue to do so. Not only does this years theme allow us to appreciate the efforts of those before us, right back to women like Victoria Drummond over 100 years ago but it also allows us to show young women what can be achieved using real life examples and show what a fantastic, rewarding and absolutely achievable a career in the maritime industry can be.
How would you describe working at sea?
Working at sea was like being in a completely different world. It was hard work, some unusual hours and some even more unusual places! I travelled the world, saw places that I would never have been able to go if it wasn’t for my work. I have made lifelong friends all over the planet and have some amazing memories. Working at sea was really rewarding, every day you face challenges that need to be overcome and you become a stronger person with every achievement.
What would you say to others who are considering a career at sea?
Ask questions! Talk to as many people as you can. Find out the good and the bad of the career from people who have actually been there. There are so many events, forums and resources to help you find out more about the industry. It’s a really rewarding career with incredible prospects and opportunities both at sea and ashore if you decided to return to dry land, it could be the making of you!
Any advice for future cadets?
You have to work hard but it’s a really proud moment to be given your Certificate of Competency at the end of the cadetship, of course don’t forget to have fun and make the most of all the amazing places that you will visit. And be kind, you never know when you might cross paths with someone again, the industry is huge but you would be surprised at what a small world it is!