Monica Nancy Candny, a female student at Accra’s Regional Maritime University, announced her graduation on LinkedIn. She mentioned in her post that she graduated with first-class honors, which is nothing short of amazing given that she was one of the probably very few women in her year group.
The International Maritime Organization has outlined structures put in place to attract more women into the industry and to amplify the few who are already there as part of its Women in Maritime celebration this year. According to their website, women were barred from entering the maritime industry until 1988, when a few institutions opened their doors to them. 34 years later, the percentage of women in the industry is still far from equal to that of men. Women like Monica who show promise and excellence in the industry must be supported and celebrated in this regard.
Monica, who is originally from Liberia, attended St. Michael Catholic School for her secondary education before enrolling in the Liberia Maritime Training Institute to pursue an associate degree in Marine Electrical Engineering. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from Regional Maritime University.
Monica Nancy Candny wrote:
“…Finally, I am leaving Regional Maritime University with flying Colors. The battle was not easy at all, but with God all things are possible. I am grateful for his grace, blessings, Favor, wisdom and Knowledge. Today I have graduated with first-class honor in BSc Marine Engineering, I am grateful to God. If were not for God where could I have been? Thanks to Liberia Maritime Authority, Liberia’s international ship and Corporate registries, Liberia Maritime Training Institute, my family, my mentors, Linkedin friends and everyone who contributed to my success. Thanks, for making me who I am today. The Liberia Maritime Authority ,Liberia International ships and corporate registries and Liberia Maritime Training Institute, Once again thank you so much for everything .I do appreciate your full support, effort, Care, and guidance. If you dream it you can achieve it…”
Her post has received nearly 30,000 interactions, with people congratulating her and encouraging her to keep up the good work. Monica ended her post with the following quote:
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue counts. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs