CLARE O CONNOR
I worked as an engineer for fifteen years. Ten of these were as a Marine Engineer on a ship. I was away from home for up to five months at a time, most often the only female on board and I sailed around the world progressing from a cadet to study to Chief Engineer level.
I didn’t have a female colleague for a year and a half, I actually didn’t see another female or a child for 9 months of one year. I visited countries from Australia, Papua New Guinea to Bermuda and the US. I worked on oil tankers and gas carriers, supply boats and sail training ships.
I have always had a deep love of engineering, structure and seeing how things work, this was equally matched by the delight and satisfaction I got from seeing someone grow and know that I was part of this.
I changed direction and decided to keep building and improving performance, but in another way. Now I build and improve careers, confidence, relationships, support networks, community, strength, power, growth and meaning.
15 years of engineering ensures that I still follow a structured approach based on sound principles. This ensures that the desired outcome is achieved. When you work for so long in a world where the nearest fire truck or doctor is potentially almost 18,000 km away then you know that corners cannot be cut. In personal and professional development it is the same, if we cut corners then the individual won't achieve their potential, the progress desired. The beauty of this and what I find most interesting is that everyone is different and each journey does not look the same. So we can use a framework and tailor it to each client so that they get the very most that they deserve, and are capable of. It is all about the journey and we might as well enjoy it!
I have been there, I have had dreams and ambitions, fears and doubts and I am thriving. I have changed industries, careers and pivoted many times, all on the way to finding this, where I am now, where I have always dreamed of being.
Now, instead of my role defining me, I am made up of all of the amazing experiences I have been part of. I am closer every day and I am continuously growing into the person I was born to be. As Carl Jung said, The privilege of a lifetime is to become who we truly are.
I believe in inspirational role models, leadership development and a clear focus on the future. This is how we will change things for the better.
There is nothing more empowering for me than to feel the support and confidence that my tribe offers. To find this is a game changer. I build this.
Professional and reliable quality and expertise is non-negotiable. This is what we all deserve. Through structure and process this is achieved.
Being from the Rebel county, I was born to push boundaries. In challenging the status quo, we grow and change lives, otherwise, how could we achieve our impossible?