I have bumped a posting made in another thread - good reading
Comments from a woman shipbroker: It’s true, most men in this field tend to look at women as an employee who is not much more than a highly skilled secretary which of course is not true.
Men have their way of dealing with things and women have theirs. This is a job that requires many skills which are most certainly part of the female way of thinking and acting.
The real question is if a woman is up to working 24/7 doing something that is stressful but rewarding (when the damn deal is finally closed).
If you like challenges then yes, you can do it and men will eventually realize that you are a good professional.
But the fact is that many companies only hire men brokers… I say it’s their loss…
Meantime I have received info that a women shipbrokers net is coming together which should be able to support the ladies in the industry… we will see…
February 23, 2011 7:31 AM
The Virtual Shipbroker said...
Hello Pilarin - thanks for the well considered comments. From a guys perspective I actually agree that many shops are disadvantaged by not having woman in broking positions. You need a balance and with the ease of offsite communication it allows more flexibility for those woman (and men) that may need it for family reasons. I personally dont like spending ALL my time with men. Its unnatural....for 12 hours a day 50 weeks of the year.
Shipbroking doesnt need to be WAR or a prison cell. One can actually go to work, do deals, and have a balanced life.
Good luck to the female shipbrokers network. If you want me to speak at one of your functions (from a guys perspective)let me know!
February 23, 2011 2:53 PM
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