Name: Vincent Roosen
Current position: Marine Surveyor
Current employer: Schoo & Co.
‘I worked at sea for ten years. My first job onshore, at Damen Shipyards, was quite a challenge. If you have a moment to spare….? I was a Project Engineer, the point of contact for ship owners during the warranty period. Bottom line: There is no problem that can’t be solved with correct and timely communication and to always keep one’s word.’ Meet Vincent Roosen, currently working as a Marine Surveyor at Schoo & Co. ‘As a Marine Surveyor, I sometimes also have to visit vessels I worked on during my first job onshore: the Maritime Industry is a small world!’
The personal approach at TOS
Which job and which company are a good fit for you? It is important to get clarity in these areas to make the right match. At TOS, this is our specialty.
‘While looking for a new job I came across a TOS vacancy for Marine Surveyor. I immediately thought it’s a match: making use of both my offshore and onshore experience. I was full of enthusiasm when Sabine van den Elshout (Recruiter Onshore at TOS) selected me out of all candidates to fit this position at the company Schoo & Co. She contacted me right away through Skype, even though I was abroad for business. Sabine made the right estimation. I got the job and, meanwhile, I have been given a permanent position.’
What is your added value as a former seafarer?
‘On a daily basis, I draw upon my years working as a seafarer. Being a Marine Surveyor without this working experience… I don’t think it is even possible. Most people in the business have been working at sea at a certain time. In my opinion, former seafarers are also more independent and good at problem-solving while getting the job done. Onshore I had to learn to let go. At sea, after a crew change, you are free to go and enjoy your time off. Just close the door. The new crew will handle it. Onshore, the work is never done: important lesson!’
Marine Surveyor ….
‘It’s good to be learning each and every day. For example: writing a survey report is more difficult than it seems, and I’m still trying to get used to working in a small team. But in the end, this work at Schoo & Co. suits me: working on several types of vessels, from a small coaster up to mega container vessels. Sometimes my job is finished within a day; some files take months to close. Also, the mix of time spent at the office and time spent in the field/on board ships is just right.’