“I joined TNTA when I was 16.”
Sze Yi graduated from cohort 7 of the TNTA programme and she is now a deck cadet working with Pacific International Lines (PIL).
Reason for joining the maritime industry:
Having discovered her love for the sea while on a family cruise, Sze Yi was excited when she found out about Nautical Studies from her sister while she was still in secondary school. She did some research and even talked to maritime affiliates who gave her more pros than cons as a female seafarer. She was however determined to take on the challenge and was finally accepted as a TNTA trainee.
Influence of TNTA on her life:
Joining TNTA has enabled Sze Yi to expand her network as she travels to various parts of the world. It helped to build her confidence and taught her how to remain professional when working onboard.
Just as Sze Yi had worked with Chief Officers and Captains with good crew management skills, she hopes to be like them one day.
Memorable times on board the ship:
On her second ship on an Australia route, Sze Yi was ecstatic when she saw a pod of dolphins swimming next to her ship.
Challenges faced onboard the ship:
As a woman in a male-dominated industry, there are specific rules Sze Yi has to follow. For example, she is not allowed to enter a man’s cabin, or if she does, she will have to leave the door open and place her shoes outside.
Misconceptions of sailing:
Seafaring may feel like it’s a man’s world but there are still female Chief Officers around who have proven to be equally tough and capable. This has spurred Sze Yi on.
Sze Yi has learnt to be professional at anytime onboard a ship. She is determined to work hard to meet every standard expected of her.