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Thriving in Nautical Science: Ine Sangolt's educational adventure

As the maritime industry continues to evolve and expand, a new generation of passionate talents is emerging, eager to steer their careers toward the open waters. Among them; 23-year old Ine Sangolt, soon entering her third year of studies in nautical science. She is currently serving as a cadet aboard Bow Sun, and excels at it.

Ine has been studying Nautical Science for two years and has one more year to go before she completes her studies.

"I was a bit unsure about what I wanted to do for a living, so I took a gap year, took some courses and spent some time figuring out what was right for me. Once I started studying Nautical Science in Haugesund, I had no doubt anymore. I thoroughly enjoyed the subjects from day one" says Sangholt.

Sailing abroad

Sangolt had researched the study program online and found it very interesting "The maritime industry is rapidly expanding; it is a forward-thinking industry that is constantly evolving and in need of people. That was one of the deciding factors in my decision to study nautical science.”

“I want a job where I have a varied workday, where I can grow, continuously learn new things, and be challenged. With the knowledge and skills I acquire from my nautical science studies, I have the opportunity to do just that. My next steps will be to sail as a cadet, complete training, gain experience, and then obtain my officer's certificate." 

She has sailed to America and Europe with Bow Sun, where she is currently a cadet. Soon, she will be on the move again.


"I chose a tanker because there's a lot of varied work here. No two days are the same, there's a lot to do, and a lot to learn. I also like the rotation schedule; we're out at sea from 9 to 11 weeks, and then have an equal amount of time at home. It might sound like a long time, but when you're working and busy, time flies by. Others might be out for four weeks straight, but my first four weeks on board went by in a flash. I wasn't ready to go back home already," Sangholt chuckles.


Solid understanding of how everything is connected

Sangolt describes her workdays as fast-paced and highly educational: "I get to be on the bridge, on the deck, and in the control room. This is useful for understanding of how everything is connected and functions. It's also a good way to quickly get to know the entire crew and get into the work routines."

Odfjell admitted 15 cadets and six apprentices in their deck and engine departments in 2022 and 2023.

"I feel very fortunate to be one of those who got the opportunity to be a deck cadet at Odfjell. It's truly a great workplace that I warmly recommend others to apply to. I thrive onboard and learn new things every single day. I've gotten to know many great people, sail around the world, and witness the most beautiful sunsets on the horizon. I really can't complain!" she adds.

When she's not at sea or in the classroom, Sangolt enjoys exercising, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with friends. Traveling is also a high priority.


Multiple sub-goals, but one specific dream

After next year, Sangolt will have her bachelor's degree and will then set out to sail as a cadet once again.

"I have several goals, or you could call them sub-goals. The first sub-goal is to finish my studies, followed by finishing my cadet period and becoming a third officer. I'll take it one step at a time and work my way up” says Sangholt. 

“My ultimate ambition is to become a captain. However, I still have a long way to go. I need a lot more time, education, and experience to get there, but I feel I can do it."

Just recently, Odfjell celebrated a milestone of our own: the appointment of Lise Henriksen as the company's first female captain.

"I think it's great that Odfjell is promoting women, even in high positions. This promotion shows that everyone, both women and men, can reach the top here at Odfjell. Lise is certainly a role model," Sangolt concludes.

Read the original article in Skipsrevyen (Norwegian): Jeg stortrivdes i faget fra første stund. 

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