I am a sporty person and in particular, I love doing sea sports. Therefore, I could not imagine myself doing a desk-bound job. At the same time, I was eager to find a job that was meaningful and so I took the plunge and joined the Navy.
I take care of all the propulsion systems, air conditioning, generators, lights and sanitary systems of the ship, ensuring their functionality as well as the safety of the ship and crew. But I do not do this alone. I am in charge of a team of 25 engineers, who work alongside me in taking care of the many systems and engines on board. The landing ship tank is the largest ship in the Navy, and it is only with teamwork that we can ensure that our ship is always operationally ready.
My motivation comes from the friends, mentors and superiors I have in the Navy. Similar to any other job, challenges and difficulties at work are inevitable. However, my friends from the Navy never fail to lend me a helping hand whenever I need one. They are a constant motivation and inspiration to me.
I think it is important to note that besides disparity in physical strength, men and women can be equally capable. It may take some time to convince others of my capabilities at work, but I think this is the same in any work environment.
My advice would be to take in as much advice from people in the Navy as possible. Joining the Navy is a commitment you take to defend Singapore and your loved ones. Therefore, do not be afraid to ask questions and seek clarity because it is an important decision to make.