Is Yachting For You?
If you're interested in joining the yachting industry whether that's power or sail, you should be aware it's a lifestyle and not just a job. You will be travelling and practically living onboard most of the year and there are a few factors to think about before making this decision. Although seeing the world sounds appealing, are you willing to spend certain occasions away from your family? Mother's Day, Christmas Day, birthdays? On another subject, you will be told what to wear every day, you will be offered meals instead of having your own choice and are told what time to get up every morning. If you don't like the sound of this, maybe you're not the right person for the job. But let's be honest who likes to be bossed around?
For many people, working on yachts is an amazing experience. You get to meet interesting people all over the world, travel tremendous amounts and you get to save your money. It sounds simple when put like that, but it is hard work.
Although you get to save money, when your basic toiletries are being paid for you such as your shampoo, toothpaste, you're being fed daily and your uniform is paid for, your expenses do drop (as it does in a land job where you have to pay the mortgage, utilities, transport and many more) which makes it hard to save enough money for your future so it may take a while to do so.
You will find that if you want to work on yachts for a long period of time, you will need to be trained or may need updated training and licensing. Some training courses are not cheap but if you play your cards right and find yourself a professional yacht, the captain or employer wil most likely help out with the costs.
Working on a yacht is a very interesting job, you never know who you're going to meet. You could be surrounded by businessmen, entertainers. politicians, bankers and many more from all over the world, giving you advice and tips which could potentially benefit you in the long run. You get to listen to their stories and you get to learn new things all the time. This is a completely different world to many people and it would most certainly open your eyes and make you view life in a more positive way.
The beauty of working on yachts is it teaches you life skills: working in a team, working independently, flexibility. You also get to deal with many other nationalities which is a valuable asset to many people. All of what I have mentioned will help you on a day to day basis and you can take skills from one vessel to another to show them you have what it takes.
If you want to become a Captain or Chief Engineer one day, it will take time... A Steward(ess) can take up a senior position in half the time and Chefs can take up a role straight away if they have previous experience.
Ex crew also benefit from their life in the industry. They put their experience into established businesses, training schools, uniform companies, yacht management, brokerage, shipyards, or even agencies (ahem... like Yotspot). So the Benefits from working on yachts can really benefit your future.
The yachting business is a global industry that is continuously growing and is making the future look stable and strong. If you are looking for an oppurtunity to meet unique people, become independent or strive to work in a team, yearn to learn about the world you live in and would like to carry these experiences on through the whole of your life then start now! What are you waiting for?