Next in Northlink Ferries’ takeover of our social media, we hear from Connor McGarry who tells us about his career journey to his current job as a Marine Superintendent.
Connor secured a Merchant Navy Cadetship at the end of his fifth year, he then became a Deck Officer and worked his way up to his current role as Marine Superintendent.
Can you describe a typical day in your job?
The main tasks include supporting the Marine Manager to ensure highest standards and presentation of the fleet and staff at all times. Ensuring compliance with all regulatory and company requirements as well as ensuring that a positive safety culture, committed to safety performance improvement, is maintained. Monitoring and ensuring continual improvement and development of the vessel management system.
How did you end up in this role?
I secured a Merchant Navy Cadetship at the end of my fifth year of secondary school. Prior to this I had worked weekends in an office as an Administrator.
What is the best thing about your job?
The most enjoyable part of my job is the people I get to work alongside and in particular when I am able to contribute positively to the working lives of others.
What is the worst thing about your job?
I would not consider any part of the job as the worst part as even when things are challenging or not going to plan, I enjoy the challenge. I do however particularly enjoy the more out and about aspect of the job, such as when conducting inspections onboard our vessels.
What skills do you need to undertake your role?
With such a varied job and with everyday presenting new challenges the most vital skill for me is an ability to learn from experiences and from those around me. In every job I have had, communication skills and a willingness to learn have been essential.
What qualifications do you have?
8 Standard Grades
1 Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science
1 Professional Diploma in Marine Operations
STCW Master Mariner Certificate of Competence
Would you recommend this job to young people, if so why?
I would certainly recommend a job as a Marine Superintendent however a career as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy would be prerequisite. A career in the Merchant Navy is certainly not for everyone however for those suited it presents a fantastic and varied profession and opens up a number of career paths within the maritime industry.
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