Month: July 2017

Make Yourself a Priority

Two years ago, I looked in the mirror and was unhappy with what I saw. So I decided to do something about it.  Over the next year, I trained hard, ate right, and lost 30 pounds.   I found out what kind of dieting works for my body, learned that I loved to lift weights, and felt my self-confidence on the rise.  Along the way, I decided to get certified as a personal trainer – you can find me here at ACE .  After getting certified, the next natural step was to help others.   Everyone has an excuse… When people,...

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A Call to Action

If you’ve been around our site, you probably recognize this statistic: women make up less than 4% of the offshore workforce. Women Offshore is here to change that. As a team of contributors, with a combined total of 65 years working on vessels around the world, Women Offshore.org was launched as an online resource center for a diverse workforce on the water. We caught some people by surprise – including industry leaders. We can’t wait to show you more. By the way, we are proud to mention that our team consists entirely of millennials. We don’t want women to be a mere statistic,...

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Geologist Lauren VanGenne

Lauren VanGenne grew up in the small farming town of Dawson Creek, BC, Canada.  She is currently working as a Senior Field Technical Analyst for a major drilling contractor.  She graduated from The University of New Brunswick as a Geologist and is working towards her Professional Geologist accreditation in early 2018.  Lauren is also our Editor at Women Offshore. We sat down with her to discuss her successful, 8-year-long ‘rock-whispering’ journey. What inspired you to work offshore? “Being a fairly stereotypical ‘Type A’ personality, I have always tackled challenges with a stubborn determination – my inner voice always commenting,...

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Why Diversity Matters

We all probably know at least one person who becomes irate at the idea of companies making an active effort to diversify. This is due to the idea that diversification has a tendency to be demonized as a threat to job security or personal progress to those in the workplace majority. I remember when I first began applying for jobs offshore, many other classmates were vying for a position with the same company that I had set my sights on. When I was offered a position with that company, I received an alarming number of comments on how “I...

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Second Officer Jessica Aberle

Meet Jessica Aberle from Warner Robins, Georgia. Jessica graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and currently holds a US Coast Guard Second Mate License for working on unlimited tonnage vessels. Jessica is on our team at WomenOffshore and we sat down with her to find out more about her life working offshore over the past 4 years: Jessica, what inspired your career on the water? “I was raised in a household with parents and three brothers who taught me that I was capable of pursuing a career in any industry. As I got older, I discovered USMMA (US Merchant...

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