The International Maritime Organisation as part of its celebration of Women in Maritime this year outlined structures put in place to attract more women into the industry and to amplify the few who are already in there. According to their website, the maritime industry was a no-go area for women until 1988, when a few institutions opened their doors to women. 34 years on, the percentage of women in the industry still needs a hard push to put it on par with the men. In this regard, it is necessary that women who show promise and excellence in the industry be propped up and celebrated.
Monica Nancy Candny, a female student of the Regional Maritime University in Accra-Ghana has shared the news of her graduation on LinkedIn. In her post, she shared that she graduated with first class honours and as one of probably very few women in her year group, this is nothing short of amazing.
Originally from Liberia, Monica got her secondary school education from the St. Michael Catholic School before continuing to the Liberia Maritime Training Institute to pursue an associate degree in Marine Electrical Engineering. At the Regional Maritime University, she studied for a bachelors degree in Marine Engineering.
Sharing the news, this is what she had to say:
“…Finally, I am leaving Regional Maritime University with flying Colors. The battle was not easy at all, but with God all things are possible. I am grateful for his grace, blessings, Favor, wisdom and Knowledge. Today I have graduated with first-class honor in BSc Marine Engineering, I am grateful to God. If were not for God where could I have been? Thanks to Liberia Maritime Authority, Liberia’s international ship and Corporate registries, Liberia Maritime Training Institute, my family, my mentors, Linkedin friends and everyone who contributed to my success. Thanks, for making me who I am today. The Liberia Maritime Authority ,Liberia International ships and corporate registries and Liberia Maritime Training Institute, Once again thank you so much for everything .I do appreciate your full support, effort, Care, and guidance. If you dream it you can achieve it…”
Her post has since been met with almost 30,000 interactions with people showering her with congratulations and urging her to keep up the good work. Monica concluded her post with the quote:
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue counts.Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs