TFI - James Sullivan

TFI - James Sullivan

 16 Feb 2018

The Friday Interview
What is your name?
James Sullivan (Taz)
What do you do for a living in 10 words
Barge Engineer (when Working)
Where do you currently reside?                               
Dublin, Ireland
1. What is your biggest achievement professionally so far?
Every day I go to sea is a big day for me, I love going to sea and working offshore completing all the tasks that need to be carried out on a daily basis, I also like tackling the jobs that are not on the work scope and bringing all of them to a satisfying end, keeping the rig moving safely.
2. What was the best piece of advice you received about your career?
Plan everything and communicate, try and remove as many hazards from the job as possible, don't mind time, and try and look outside the box as well as in, so now I plan and plan again, “Toolbox Taz” I am sometimes called.
3. From your career so far, what has been your best job and why?
SSL on the Borgny Dolphin, the people working there were great both
offshore and onshore, I was lucky to meet a lot of people who were only too happy to pass on their knowledge of the job and problem solving, plus we were backed by office personnel who were like part of your family and helped in every way they could.
4. What did you want to do when you were a kid?
I wanted to go to sea or join the military, I have been lucky in both areas of
operations, being in the Irish Defence Forces I completed several tours of duty with the united nations overseas plus service in Ireland during the troubles, I also worked for Irish Ship.
5. Do you have any morning rituals?
I get up and feed the dogs, have a coffee and then take them for a walk. After this I start looking for employment as unfortunately I was made redundant, but if I were offshore I would get up go straight to the control room and have a coffee, make sure all is good then have a shower before I start my shift.
6. What would you want to tell your 20-year-old self-knowing what you know now?
Go back to college, apply to companies for a cadetship and work hard, just
getting to sea is not the end all of things, you must prepare for the role you want to fill, if you want to work on deck then complete an officer of the watch cert and take it from there, be the best you can.
7. What memories do you have of your first ever job?
Getting all the crap jobs as my first job was deck-boy on the Irish Rowan, I was put working with an A.B. who had just been made up so he took out all his problems on me, after two weeks he had reduced me to tears, I was about to pack it in when the Bosun took me to one side and listened to me, he changed me to work with another A.B, and I think the other guy got a few slaps, but this is now something I look out for now, bullying in the work place.
8. What things have you witnessed in an interview that you couldn’t believe?
The guy coughed and spit on me and carried on as if it had not happened.  His spit was on my tie, I was not sure what to do, wipe it off or leave it, in the end I just left it but my train of thought was gone and I could not focus, and it was a job I wanted.
9. What is an embarrassing thing that not many people would know about you? (for example, have you ever been on a game show or something similar)
No not really people know more about me than I do, I did spend some time in the army and completed 3 tours in Lebanon and spent time in the army ranger wing, but I am not ashamed of it. I just don't talk about it, I saw a lot in Lebanon I would rather forget.



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