Why the maritime sector is one of the most exciting for young women looking for a positive career

Peel Ports Sales and Marketing Director, Julia Bradley, explains why the maritime sector is one of the most exciting for young women looking for a positive career…

Today I’ll be speaking at the northern launch of the Women in Maritime Charter, organised by Mersey Maritime. The event, which will be opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, will see inspiring business women sharing their stories and promoting the opportunities for the next generation.

A lot of people probably have a very out-dated view of what employment in the maritime sector looks like. I didn’t start my own career in ports but I’m confident in saying that the industry now is very different from when I began my working life.

At Peel Ports, we’ve been leading the charge of building a more inclusive, dynamic and progressive workplace. Obviously, we’ve signed the Women in Maritime Pledge and we’re supporting this event. But the proof of our commitment is to be seen in the number of opportunities we have for women…and the appointments we’ve made.

Much of this is because the nature of our business has changed. Ports used to be very transaction based and only one, isolated link in the supply chain. Now, we have a radically different role. We work with our customers and potential customers to understand their needs. We create partnerships with other supply chain providers to then develop the right solutions. And we deliver all this in a way that’s much more data-driven, joined-up and customer-focussed than ever before.

From the quayside to the boardroom, there’s never been such a broad range of career paths for women in logistics, including technology, sales, operations, management and much more. The industry as a whole has always played a crucial role in the economy but is even more important now, with innovation and collaboration being the keys to meeting higher consumer expectations.

I’ve seen for myself in five years at Peel Ports how rewarding our business can be, how it provides development opportunities at every level, and how women are having a growing influence on the future.

I know many other businesses – and the women employed there – are having the same positive experience and I’m really looking forward to sharing perspectives with delegates at the event this week.

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