Could you give us an overview of how your apprenticeship has gone, now that you’ve been working at the company for a while?
I began my apprenticeship as a Shipping Agent at Bremer Lloyd in August 2013. For the initial 9 months with the company, I delved into the technical aspects of ships. This involved daily communication with ships, local shipping agencies, and service providers related to the ships themselves. Following that, I learned about the sales side and contributed to our representation of Sevenstar Yacht Transport BV. Initially, my tasks were administrative, but they quickly transitioned into full customer management. Towards the end of my apprenticeship, I participated in trade shows, agency meetings, and customer visits across Europe, independently caring for my clients.
What knowledge and skills did you acquire during your apprenticeship?
First and foremost, the apprenticeship, particularly within the company, is an entirely different experience compared to the daily school routine, where you are constantly taught and must independently acquire knowledge after the school day. Given that the role involves substantial communication and interaction with diverse cultures, you quickly learn to adapt to new situations and people. In addition to communication, effective time and task organization were key skills I acquired during my training period.
What do you particularly value about your current role? What brings you joy?
I especially value the autonomy to shape my workday and the opportunity to delegate responsibilities to younger colleagues, should they wish. In my case, this meant making independent decisions right after completing my apprenticeship. The principle of „challenge and support“ also resonates with me. This means that employees who wish to further develop are given the chance to do so. This includes financial support for further education, such as pursuing a part-time degree alongside work.
How did you become interested in this profession? What motivated you to stay in this industry?
My family has always had a strong connection to shipping, making a career entry in the maritime field always an option for me. The decision to remain in the industry after my apprenticeship was simple, as it offers an exciting environment. Rarely is one day the same as another. Alongside typical desk work, there’s always the possibility to travel and accompany orders and clients on-site. This unique combination is rare and appealed to me even back then.
Looking ahead, what opportunities for further education or career development do you see within BREMER LLOYD?
I can personally attest to this, as I pursued part-time studies with the company’s financial support after my apprenticeship. Anyone who demonstrates exceptional performance during or after their apprenticeship will have the chance for internal advancement. There are various options available, including pursuing a bachelor’s degree, becoming a business administrator, or achieving a specialist qualification. Moreover, due to the flat hierarchies, career advancement is achievable through ambition and dedication, even without pursuing higher education.