Developing talent in Höegh
Höegh Autoliners has been participating in the Maritime Trainee program provided by the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) since 2005.
The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talents to the shipping community. We introduce two of our maritime trainees to hear their thoughts on being a trainee.
Each shipping organisation who participates in the program recruit trainees to their organisation facilitated by the NSA. For the selected candidates the program lasts for two years, and is a combination of working in Höegh Autoliners (through rotations across our business functions) and participating in the NSA facilitated academic.
The aim of the trainee program is to be part of daily operations of Höegh Autoliners, and gain knowledge about our business operations.
Derek Mysza, studied at the CASS Business School in London before joining Höegh in September 2015 in our Jacksonville office, working in the Trade department. In August 2015 he moved to the Head Office in Oslo to start working as a Trade System Analyst with Capacity Management.
Yating Zhang started the program in her last semester of a master program in the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen. She was offered a position in Höegh in August 2015, joining our regional office for Europe working with voyage planning for the EUCA and EUFE trade.
Tell us about your experience in Höegh as a maritime trainee?
Derek: The Maritime Trainee program with NSA provided the theoretical groundwork within Shipping. However, it is the Maritime Trainee program within Höegh that provided me with the “real” insight in to the shipping industry. I have had the opportunity to rotate in various departments within the company and this experience has given me a greater understanding when doing my daily tasks as a Trade Analyst today.
it is the Maritime Trainee program within Höegh that provided me with the "real" insight in to the shipping industry
Yating: I started as a Maritime Trainee in Höegh in the Trade department. This has given me the chance to learn not just about voyage planning but also how the different departments in the company cooperate with each other. The program has provided a strong focus on my role as a voyage planner and taught me the relevance on how the market and customers can influence the trades. In September I will rotate to a different department and look forward to learning more about this business.
What are the benefits of being a maritime trainee in Höegh?
Yating: I believe the experience I gained in Höegh has taught me a lot about the Industry in such a short time frame. The rotations between the departments give you a clearer picture in to Höegh Autoliners’ business and allows you to familiarize yourself with the different departments. I hope my professional skills and cultural background could assist the company with the target market of China.
The rotations between the departments give you a clearer picture in to Höegh Autoliners’ business
Derek: Working in Höegh allows you to learn a great deal early in your career. It also gives you the opportunity to move within the different departments of the company to learn more about the business and what you want to specialize in. The hands-on experience you gain from this program gives you a different way of looking at daily tasks and problems from other maritime students who have not had the opportunity to work as a trainee in a company.