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Changing Jobs: A Good Idea in this Economy?
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 5:56 PM
The seasonal flurry of job listings offer greener pastures, but is changing jobs a good idea with this economic climate and so many boats up for sale at discounted rates?
Crew Confessor
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 10:05 AM
Joined: 20/11/2008
Posts: 94

Dear Ms./Mr. Musical Yachts,

Firstly let me apologize for the tardiness of my reply, ships happen.  Your question, the perennial greener pastures or bluer waters as it were, will always play a part in your life, regardless of career, and not just about careers, but let's not go there for now.  It is very easy to fantasize about how much better life would be if only you had job A working for company B rather than job B working for company C.  If you are offered a position on a yacht that appears to be a step up the ladder in every (or at least most) ways make sure to do your due diligence.  Remember, the old adage, "the devil you know versus the devil you" is one to remember.  Money isn't everything.  A good solid program with fair and reliable pay that you feel you can commit to (and previous crew who have!) is worth it's weight in gold.  Don't switch jobs unless you are absolutely sure you are moving to a better situation for the long term and DO NOT base your decision purely on money!

Do not also base your decision to leave the yacht you are on from one singular incident.  There are  times in everyone's tenure when the work is especially hard and the stress high, it makes us look at the yacht berthed nearby with green eyes.  When we're overworked and stressed events can get magnified and take on more importance they really have, so never make big decisions on the spur of the moment.  Chill out.

It may look like that other yacht has it a lot better but things are rarely as they appear on the outside, especially in the yachting world where appearances are often made to deceive.  The crew on THAT yacht looks better, the yacht is nicer, they are having fun, the owner is better than yours (according to them), they make more MONEY.  Don't believe it.  Especially the money talk.  Yacht crew are worse than fisherman when it comes to exaggeration.  Fair wages, good tips if you're lucky, and a solid program with an owner who can afford to maintain his yacht properly and pay his crew on time is what you should be aiming for.

Changing employers when one works on yachts is a bit more complicated than the standard land job because it is where we live AND work, and that is no small thing.  Weigh you options carefully before making any changes.  Never underestimate how expensive it is to maintain yourself in a yachting area while you seek a new job.  Bear in mind too, that even if you leave one position with another firmly in hand you never know how you'll fit into the "program" on a new yacht until you are there in it. 

Be very careful before you make any changes.  The economy is improving but the competition for jobs is every bit as cutthroat, maybe more so because more can afford to come to the yachting areas in search of work, and from what I've read here they are willing to work for free to prove themselves (for the record I have no respect for boats that would agree to such a thing).

Bon Chance!

Your Crew Confessor 

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