At Onboard Tracker™, our growth extends beyond system software and the client base; our team is getting bigger and better.
Welcome Sophie Ritchie, our newest Software Support Specialist, bringing a wealth of experience from years of crewing for local energy sector companies. Sophie took a moment to share more about herself and her career:
What is your career background?
My entire professional journey has been in crewing within the energy industry here in Aberdeen. I started off as a Trainee Offshore Personnel Coordinator when I was 18 years old and have since manned various crews from Diving and Rope Access to Marine. This experience has strengthened my knowledge and network in the industry which has definitely shaped my career.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
This role at Onboard Tracker™ has given me the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues which is already expanding my knowledge of software and specifically crew management software. The team have all been so welcoming and patient as I settle in and get myself up to speed.
What has been your biggest challenge, personally or professionally?
On my 19th birthday, I celebrated offshore aboard a diving support vessel for a memorable two-week stint in the North Sea—an experience that will stay with me always. Shadowing all the different departments onboard, I gained insights into the general operation and procedures of a diving support vessel. Luckily, it was flat and calm the whole 2 weeks I was there otherwise, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it the same way! I will always have great respect for people working away from family and friends.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Do what makes you happy” is always one I always try to remember.
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If I remember correctly, I think it was a vet as I love animals so much and would have happily been surrounded by animals all day every day – to be honest I would still love it now! I also wanted to be a Disney princess as I’m sure every little girl did!
We are thrilled to have you onboard Sophie and look forward to continued growth and success together.