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Meet Tessa Campbell


Cadet on the Spirit of New Zealand.

Job description: 

Essentially an apprentice of the sea. Gaining sea hours, experience and knowledge in order to gain a skipper's ticket to work at sea.

Work background: 

Retail and acting.

Favourite part of job: 

Working with awesome people, learning, helping develop the youth of New Zealand, all while getting to be on the sea.

Least favourite part of job: 

I have to be away from my dog for 20 days at a time.

What I am working on now: 

Completing my first 21 things as a Cadet before my first 3 month review and starting to get my modules signed off.

A quick story about a job well done: 

Getting stuck in to clean the chain bin while getting absolutely covered in mud.

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

Pretty much anything you do as a Cadet. The number one way cadets learn is by doing things wrong and then figuring out a better way of doing it. Some of these are more embarrassingly silly than others.

Interests outside work: 

Music, art, literature, ukuleles, wine and dogs.

Tessa Campbell is a cadet on the Spirit of New Zealand. Image: Spirit of Adventure Trust.