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Age a problem?
dillon15
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:23 PM
Joined: 18/10/2016
Posts: 2


im a 35 year old male and I'm thinking of getting into yachting...but am I too "old"? It seems a lot of people start much younger. Is it too late for me to make a career switch? Have I missed the boat?
IngridVC
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:40 PM
Joined: 14/03/2011
Posts: 5


I started at 37 going on 38 - was told I wouldn't find work at one of the first agencies I went to! I won't tell you their name as they're still contacting me asking if I'm available!!! EIGHT YEARS LATER!!. In short - they were wrong!

Right attitude and the right skills there's a job for anyone and everyone out there - it's not easy - no privacy, long hours, personality clashes, difficult crew, difficult guests - if you have a backbone you'll do just fine
karenLA4
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:31 PM
Joined: 25/08/2015
Posts: 1


dillon15 wrote:
im a 35 year old male and I'm thinking of getting into yachting...but am I too "old"? It seems a lot of people start much younger. Is it too late for me to make a career switch? Have I missed the boat?
 
Dillon15, I can tell you that at age 55 I re-entered yachting after an absence of 20+ years. I've developed a niche clientele - owners & captains who want a mature, stable, effective presence on the boat. (I am a busy freelance stew/chef.) You can be a calming presence on the boat...many younger crew get ruffled easily & are prone to creating alliances that cause unwanted drama.
 
 Assuming you have a low-drama personality, develop your skills & use your age and temperament as a selling point.


Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:03 AM
There are areas and spots where maturity would be lots more winning and welcomed over youth.  It would not hurt any hire to be cheery and flexible.  Good luck is all you need.
Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:13 AM

I guess it depends on what position you are looking to start at. Lots of boats prefer, younger crew for deck entry level, Service like Butlers, will generally do better a bit on the more mature side.

 


Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:37 AM

For sure, some younger crew can have the highest levels of energy in an often physically demanding routine, but the maturity and wisdom that often comes with life experience is every bit as valuable in my crews and irrespective of gender. I also find that there is less turnover in your age group, which is of particular value in itself. 

In short; absolutely not too late at 35, speaking as a Captain of 'many' years who often prefers to select for myself rather than necessarily though an agency. Its the values, skills and personality that you offer, with outlook and teamwork that are of greater importance than age.


 
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