Meet Global Graduate Engineer, Stela Kalogirou

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have developed a series of interviews featuring some of our incredible colleagues, celebrating their jobs and their contribution to the Maritime industry.

The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness around diversity in the industry, and to inspire women to consider the maritime industry as an exciting career prospect, with a multitude of opportunities. Meet Global Graduate Engineer, Stela Kalogirou.

What’s your name and job title?

Styliani Kalogirou, Global Graduate Engineer (Current Role: Assistant Superintendent at VShips Greece Ltd.)

Please explain your job in three sentences.

As a Global Graduate Engineer, my job consists of travelling to four different countries to gain experience in working in different departments of a ship management company. In my first and current role as Assistant Superintendent in the Bulk Fleet Cell, I assist the Fleet Superintendent in maintaining an accurate and up to date record of vessel certificates, survey status and documentation. Furthermore, I also assist the Fleet Superintendent and Fleet Manager in the taking necessary action to obtain renewals or extensions as required to maintain the validity of the vessel going forward.

How long have you worked for V.Group?

5 months

What led you to choose a career in shipping?

Growing up in Greece, I was always told that my country excelled in the marine sector and this made me very proud. This, along with my strong aptitude in the subjects of Maths and Physics led me to a particular course of study. Having gained some experience in working in shipping, I am very happy and excited to be part of such a fast paced and ever-changing sector.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your career?

Being an entry level female engineer in such a fast paced and male dominated industry can be intimidating at times. However, the biggest lesson I’ve learnt in my career thus far is having confidence in my abilities and knowledge and finding my voice amongst more experienced professionals.

Would you encourage other women to work in the shipping industry?

I would strongly encourage other women to work in the shipping industry, as there is an evident gender gap in this sector, which I would love to see close. I believe that the shipping industry has a lot to gain through a gender diverse workforce.

What has surprised you most about working in the sector?

In my short time working in the sector, I have been very surprised by how much there is to learn, not only for entry level engineers but even for more experienced professionals. As the sector is constantly changing and evolving there are always new challenges arising, which allow the individuals working in this industry to constantly grow and progress.

What’s your favourite destination?

So far, my favourite work destination would have to be Greece, as I have not had the chance to work in another country just yet. However, I am very excited too for my next assignment in the Global Graduate Programme which will be in Hamburg. Travelwise, my favourite destination is the Isle of Skye in Scotland, as I am a huge fan of nature and the mountains.