from yacht to land – how to move to jobs a shore

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03.09.2020
from yacht to land – how to move to jobs a shore

yachting is an amazing yet demanding experience and for crew, when you have feel you have seen all you need to see around the world and you want to put down some roots, how do you go about making it back to shore?

 

 

here are some tips for transferring your yachting experience and skills, and adapting it to land.

 

 

1. think of your adaptable skills

 

Many employers see the yachting industry as a positive and this is because they know the level of hard work and dedication crew put into their roles. Think of your breadth of skills and how you can adapt them; for example, if you were a Chief Stewardess then you have the transferable skills to become a Private Assistant or House Manager as they have the ability to multi-task, people manage, be discreet and work to tight deadlines.

 

 

2. think about sectors which interest you

 

As yacht crew, you’ve been exposed to travelling the world and to working with a host of nationalities and cultures. You’re used to working across multiple timezones and to meeting tight deadlines within close working proximities. This is highly valuable experience which can be utilised effectively across a whole host of industries, such as; hospitality, events, communications, private households to name just a few.

 

 

3. be prepared to take a step back

 

Moving from sea to shore may mean you need to take a step back (or sideways), to propel yourself forward! Be prepared for this and try to see the bigger picture for the long term prospects.

 

 

4. it takes time

 

On average it takes 9 weeks to find a new job, but this could take longer for yacht crew as not only are you finding a new job, you’re also changing your career. So, be patient and take time to think of the new role you want to be in.

 

 

5. your land based role will probably pay less

 

Moving off yachts you may have to take a pay cut. Although hours and demands are hard whilst yachting, the pay is good and tax free, especially the higher up you work, so be prepared to take a pay cut when you move onto land. This will obviously depend on the role and working conditions, but don’t forget that the benefits will likely include a better work/life balance!

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