Joanna is a surveyor (shipboard) three days a week who does structural plan approval and project management two days a week. She is based in Australia.
Why did you join?
I was looking for a change from the more fickle world of private yacht design. I actually interviewed for a different position, and in a conversation at the end of the interview got to talking about my honours thesis from university. At this point I was asked if I would be interested in coming back to interview for a different position the following week! I realised then that I didn’t get the first job – but I was lucky enough to get the second one. This was in the ‘rules and procedures publishing team’. This role involved helping to design our in-house software as well as our FEA procedures which was very in-depth and technical. I then moved to the South Asia Technical Support office as a hull plan approval specialist, based in Sydney – and have recently been able to move again, this time into the surveying team in Australia. It has been such a varied career in 8 short years and I have really enjoyed the different challenges and experiences that I have had.
Why did you stay?
Mostly, it is the great colleagues I have. They are so willing to share their knowledge and help me to learn and progress, it is a real joy to work with them. But more than that, there are so many opportunities here to explore – so much room to learn – that I haven’t wanted to leave yet. Every day is different and it is impossible to get bored. Finally, knowing that I work for a greater cause – the LR Foundation – is something that drives me every day. I love they work that they do.
What is your favourite thing about LR?
My colleagues, the work, the cause - take your pick!