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Diversity and opportunities in the maritime industry.

GCE Blue Maritime Cluster, together with NCE Blue Legasea, Youngship, KIN and Doxacom invited on Friday 8th march to a lunch seminar about diversity and opportunities in the maritime industry.

Blue Maritime Cluster

Seven speakers introduced the audience, with over 80 guests, into a varied program on the rooftop of the NMK building with a beautiful view over the Sunnmøre alps.  

The maritime industry stands above green and digital transitions. We need collective strength, people with diverse backgrounds, and a dynamic, innovative, inclusive business to face these challenges successfully. These characteristics are crucial to gaining competitive power and keeping competency and working places inside the maritime cluster. 

Patricia N. Larsen and Reidun Monsholm fra VARD kicked off the event. They guided us through an insightful story about their work and pointed out how diversity and inclusion is followed up by VARD. Gender equality is an important step towards a more inclusive future with equal opportunities for both men and women. 

Don`t judge a person too quickly

During a recent event, Michael Mookerji from Kongsberg shared with the audience his valuable experiences on meeting new people and not judging the person in front of you too quickly. He began his speech by talking about his journey into Kongsberg Maritime, where he works. His colleague, Aleksandra Leikanger Stave, also shared more about her background, and together, they discussed the opportunities available for future employees at Kongsberg Maritime. Overall, their presentation was informative and insightful. 

Ida Mari Solvåg and Jose Jorge Garcia Agis from Ulstein Group told us about the company's history. They presented opportunities for those who want to work in the maritime industry and contributed to an insightful and broad discussion about fostering an inclusive maritime future. 

Pursue passion with purpose

Marielle Furnes Mannseth from Norwegian Hydrogen shared her views on diversity and inclusion. She rounded off the lunch seminar by giving the audience some valuable advice: Seize opportunities, embrace uniqueness, commit to continuous learning, be flexible in your career path, expand your network, utilize your unique background, and pursue passion with purpose. 

Between and after the posts, there was enough time to enjoy the wealthy buffet and meet people to connect and network. We got an impression of how the different companies work with diversity and inclusion during their daily activities. Not least, we got new impulses for possible career opportunities in the maritime cluster with both traditional and not-so-traditional pathways.