JOBS AT MSC: Chief Steward

The following blog post was originally posted on sealiftcommand.com in 2010 and is part of a series focused on jobs at MSC – recruiting and retaining our talented workforce. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share your feedback and ideas in the comments section.

For Chief Steward Belinda Gerber, a chance social gathering on the small Pacific island of Guam led her to MSC. And she couldn’t be happier.

At a party for Guam’s active and growing Filipino community, Gerber noticed two unfamiliar faces, and struck up a conversation. The two “new guys” worked for MSC, and their descriptions of their jobs and their lives fascinated her.

“I started asking lots of questions, what to do, where to start to get the job,” Gerber said. “The next day, they were nice enough to pick up the application form and hand it to me personally.”

Gerber started out with little knowledge of the shipping industry, or life at sea in general. “But after hearing from those MSC guys about all the benefits MSC has to offer, I decided to apply so I could earn those same benefits,” she said.

After obtaining her MMC, Gerber applied for – and landed – a job as a supply utilityman on board the USNS Mount Baker.

At first, Gerber was attracted to MSC for the benefit of having a permanent and secure job. She also appreciates how hard it is to find good work today – and is thankful for having found it with MSC.

Her willingness to work hard, learn and try something new has paid off. She has moved up through the ranks of the supply department, and is now a chief steward.

Aboard the USNS RappahannockGerber oversaw the preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner. She kept track of all the supply spaces and, of course, did her share of paper work.

“My career with MSC has helped me develop into a better person, in understanding and communicating with the crew. It has helped me learn to deal effectively with my peers, superiors and subordinates,” said Gerber.

“I love traveling and seeing all the different countries and places, and learning about their culture,” she said.

Gerber has thoroughly enjoyed her time at sea. She’s made her ships her home and her workplace. And, especially as gas prices rise – she sees this as a huge advantage. “I don’t have to drive to and from work. That saves time and money,” she said.

In closing, Gerber said there are two key factors that have propelled her career, and which would serve any prospective mariner very well: motivation and hard work. That, and a little nudge from fate doesn’t hurt, either.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this or other opportunities with MSC, please call 1-877-JOBS-MSC or visit our website and start the process.

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