Equality and diversity: Working towards equality of opportunity in maritime

23 June 2022

Whether you have stumbled into a maritime career by chance, by family tradition, or via a non-seafaring route, you may find mentoring can help with your career progress, and it's a way in which people from disadvantaged backgrounds can get a boost that others get from going to the 'right' schools or having the 'right' contacts

Planning a move ashore is something where having a mentor could particularly help you.

A Nautilus International survey in 2019 found that many seafarers do not get much information from their employers on the opportunities that exist ashore, and most are unaware of what additional qualifications or training they might need to make the most of a career move. That is why the Union set up the Sea to City mentoring initiative.

What is mentoring?

A mentor is a person who can support, advise and guide you in your career. The mentor might be a peer within your organisation or an external coach or trainer.

What could a maritime mentor offer me?

Having a specifically maritime mentor could mean you get:

  • advice on timing for making the switch from sea to shore
  • details about onshore positions that can be achieved dependent on seagoing rank
  • guidance on the skills and knowledge required in the maritime services sector
  • key contacts and networking
  • retraining advice and support
  • help advancing your career

What mentoring pathways are available?

The Nautilus Sea to City mentoring programme pairs seafarers looking to move ashore with maritime professionals in the UK maritime services sector. See page 37 to find out how to take part.

Other ways to make use of mentoring are to network with colleagues in your organisation, find a careers coach to help you with your goals or join an industry mentoring programme.

The UK industry body Maritime UK is planning to set up a nationwide maritime mentorship scheme and is currently looking for sponsors.


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