A day in the life of… Elysia Scully, Port Management Graduate, Ipswich.

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Can you tell us more about what you did before you joined ABP?

I graduated with a 1st class BSc Environmental Science degree from the University of East Anglia in 2017. I then spent a year working abroad in the hospitality industry, primarily as a sailing instructor where my interest in maritime developed. After gaining the invaluable life experience of living abroad, I started my career as an Accounts Executive for AXA Assistance. Wanting a new challenge and a career in maritime, I applied to the ABP graduate programme.


What did you find most appealing about the Graduate Scheme at ABP? How did you hear about the opportunities available?

I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work in an exciting industry, so when I spotted the opportunity to join the Graduate scheme on a job site, I knew I wanted to apply. ABP stood out due to its sustainability credentials and its work in improving access for women into the ports industry. I was also interested in the opportunity to work in different areas of the business.

Who would you say is your role model/somebody you find inspiring in the maritime/business world?

As an ambassador for ABP, I recently got to attend an event to inspire young women into maritime and STEM careers run by the 1851 Trust charity and sponsored by the Department for Transport. There I met Annie Lush, former Olympic sailor who sailed across the world as part of the first all female crew in the Volvo Ocean Race. Annie is now an ambassador for the trust and continues to encourage women into maritime by meeting schoolgirls.

If you could give some advice to young people who would like to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?

Dream big, don’t be put off going for something because you don’t think you’re good enough or because women don’t generally do that! Be a trailblazer instead.

Think about what skills you have and what types of tasks you enjoy doing, including what environment you enjoy working in. These specific things about you will help you find a much more fulfilling, lasting job.