Technical Instructor, Swire Marine Training Centre (Scotland)
"Keep your doors open to the unexpected; you never know where your journey will take you, or where you will end up. SPO is an ideal place for someone who wants to have a career and not just a job."
Can you share your journey in SPO and the work you do?
I first joined SPO in 2002 as Second Engineer on the Pacific Commodore – I relieved Torben Jensen who is now Chief Engineer and Fleet Technical Manager, Rob Achten was the Chief Engineer. That first trip with SPO was a good one, and cemented my decision to stay in the company.
After a few trips, I took a study leave to take my Chief Engineer Certification. During that period, I got the opportunity to do some project work, and this gave me a taste of working ashore.
I subsequently received an offer to work in the Singapore Outport back in June 2006, where I took up the role of Technical Manager. In 2008, I moved to work in Head Office where I had a number of roles in the Technical team. Then in 2016, I moved over to our training centre as the Technical Instructor to our seafarers.
How has working in SPO developed you as an individual and professional?
SPO has provided me with many great opportunities both onshore and offshore to apply my knowledge and progress in my career.
The people I have met and worked with in the company have also helped me in my personal and professional development, and this has encouraged me to keep improving as an individual.
What advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in SPO?
Keep your door open to the unexpected; you never know where your journey will take you, or where you will end up. SPO is an ideal place for someone who wants to have a career and not just a job. Of course, you have to put in your fair share of hard work and dedication, and I always recall the words of legendary football manager – Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Hard work will always overcome natural talent, when natural talent does not work hard enough.”
So do not just think of it as a job with a pay-check – you need to leave a little bit of yourself with SPO so the company can thrive and evolve.
Companies always say, “People are our greatest asset”, which to some degree I believe in, ultimately it is your people who have to deliver the company vision: not the paperwork and processes. I like to think beyond that and say that if you have the ‘right people’, then they are your greatest asset.
I will end with another thought from one more legendary sporting coach – Steve Hansen of the New Zealand All Blacks. “Just do your job. Your job. And don’t try and prove you’re better than someone else.”