Shipping & the international career markets – my reflections

ImageI spent today at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, where a great crowd of maritime students gathered for the annual Sjölog, 2 whole days of career fair and inspirational seminars. This year´s topic was the career markets – doomed by many Swedes. Luckily, our business is a global one. From my perspective, I truly believe that we can still stay (ahead) in the game, even though countries in other regions such as Asia are bigger, cheaper and represent really strong competition moving forward.








ImageIn Scandinavia we are few, expensive and we have in some areas lost parts of our position in the global markets. Our only way of facing the competition is by being creative. We need to innovate efficiently, utilize our resources in non-traditional manners, look for the opportunities hidden in between and behind the major challenges.

My challenge to all maritime students and the young executives and colleagues of the maritime industry is think new – now! What can you do to solve the industry´s challenges? Do you hold the answers to ongoing technological puzzles? Do you actively seek better ways of performing your tasks & responsibilities? Do you manage to think outside the box, without worrying about others laughing of your ideas because they don´t get them?

I believe that you can do all of this. But you need to start being aware of all the potentials and opportunities you come across. How can something defined as a problem/challenge, be turned into a great opportunity?

These are exciting times in the global shipping industry. They are exciting for us as young people, as we represent the next generation in so many ways. Let´s challenge the seniors, join forces to change old patterns, and lets think new – innovate!

If you work hard, stay focused and really believe in your concepts and ideas, you can actually make it. I don´t claim it´s easy, but wow how fulfilling to chase the unknown in quest for tomorrow´s solutions… What is your idea, your contribution to the industry?

Enjoy sweet & creative dreams tonight…..!


World Maritime Day at Chalmers Technical University

WMD ChalmersHappy World Maritime Day!! Remember to send an extra “thank you” to all the excellent & hard-working seafarers who through their daily work enables us to enjoy the benefits of global trade, shipping our iPhones/iPads, TVs, cars, make-up, furniture, food, clothes, energy, etc. across the 7 seas. What would we all do without them…??!!

LINK: Presentation at Chalmers Technical University

Links to live-stream of my presentation during the Swedish celebration of the 34th World Maritime Day, compiling some key challenges for the shipping industry to improve, in order to gain better attractiveness among young talents. NB; The speech is in Norwegian, while slides contain English text.

In the web-streaming, my presentation starts around 02:22 and lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Feel free to provide your feedback, I´m always looking for ways to improve 🙂

Thank you to WISTA Sweden and Lena Göthberg for inviting me to Chalmers University to share some young perspectives, for providing the wonderful Annicka who looked after Knut while I was on the stage, and for a great social mingling session afterwards!

Good night from a pair of sore feet currently curled up in a big chair with a nice view of Gothenburg port, a few floors up from the Grieg Star office (Best Western Gothenburg). Baby fast asleep, and I just got a brand new book as speakers´gift to enjoy with my cheap Mongolian take-away… Nice!

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