Location: Green Stage, Europort, Rotterdam Ahoy
Bridge the gap: How to keep the energy running in your company for young professionals
YoungShip Rotterdam and Young RMSC seek to foster an open dialogue between young professionals and current leaders within the maritime industry. Therefore, young professionals, HR professionals and current leadership are invited for an inspiring event about the challenge of maintaining a dynamic and vibrant work environment for young professionals in the maritime sector.
On November 10 a lively panel discussion will feature insights from a psychologist, established leaders, and emerging leaders. This event is part of the Europort programme at Rotterdam Ahoy.
Contemporary work environment
Recent research conducted by the Rotterdam Young Maritime Board revealed a concerning statistic: 51% of young employees in the maritime sector are contemplating a shift to other industries. To prevent this exodus, the entire sector must collectively evolve towards a more contemporary work environment. The Young Maritime Board has offered valuable recommendations to engage and retain young professionals:
- Invest in development opportunities.
- Cultivate a culture that champions diversity and inclusion while shedding conservatism.
- Incorporate innovative thinking into a forward-looking vision, addressing challenges transparently.
- Highlight the sector’s international dimension, shared passion for ships, and promote a sense of unity in communication.
- Encourage young workers to familiarize themselves with the maritime sector, possibly through youth organizations.
Central to these recommendations are professional and personal growth, alongside the importance of ambitious future prospects within the maritime sector. A critical issue contributing to these challenges is the generation gap in management styles, leading to misunderstandings and communication gaps between management and employees. Respect in the workplace, especially mutual respect, is notably lacking.
- Audrey Rost (Sr. Innovation Manager & Psychologist at STC-Group)
- Hanna Roukema (Commercial Manager at ROG & Chair Young NMT)
- Martijn Schouten (CEO at Vroon)
- Diantha Spekman (Partner and & Strategist at Buro Rietveld)
In response, we seek to foster an open dialogue between young professionals and current leaders within the maritime sector. Our panel discussion will feature insights from a psychologist, established leaders, and emerging leaders. The primary topics of discussion will revolve around lifelong development and its relevance across generations, as well as management processes, some of which exhibit a conservative approach.
We invite all young professionals to seize this opportunity to engage with current leaders in the maritime sector. Additionally, we extend an invitation to HR professionals and current leadership to participate and gain valuable insights into the future generation that will shape the maritime sector.
Please be advised that entrance to the exhibition floor requires a separate registration.
YoungShip Rotterdam unites young maritime professionals in the Rotterdam region. We operate as an open, internationally oriented network, aimed at nurturing connections and insight within the fascinating maritime sector. Our events are designed to offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, where we welcome every young maritime professional to join us.
The goals of Young RMSC are to facilitate network events and industry specific lectures, enabling its members to further develop their professional network and exchange knowledge, and to enthuse young professionals for developments within the maritime business services sector.