Quit Your 9-5 Job and Work on a Superyacht

Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Are you unhappy climbing the corporate ladder? Maybe it’s time for a career change. A fresh start working onboard a luxury superyacht. Imagine waking up on a Monday morning in a country you’ve never been before, travelling the world to the most remote, luxurious and dream-like locations on the planet!

The base salaries start from $36,000 per annum, tax free. Perks such as full medical insurance, flights to and from the vessel paid for and have almost no expenditure on food, drink and accommodation.

Ask yourself one simple question - Do you love what you do?

If the answer isn’t a resounding 100% “Yes, I’m already living the dream” then perhaps it’s time to come up with a game plan and try something new!

Do your research - Scour the internet finding all the information you can about the Yachting Industry. Join yacht related Facebook groups, start reading yachting blogs providing tips and advice such as Dockwalk, Superyacht News, Superyacht Times and even our own list of tips at SuperYacht Crew Agency's Blog.

What about money? – Decide if you have enough savings to tie you over until you get your first job onboard a Superyacht. How long does it take and how much will it cost me? Many of these frequently asked questions and answers can be found here at SYCA FAQs.

No money? Sell some of your useless things, rent your apartment out or even start dayworking in the superyacht hubs of the world.

You know what they say, ‘the best investment you can make is in yourself and it’s always worth it!’

Get yourself qualified - This can be done long before you step out of your comfort zone and quit your job. The minimum qualifications for entry level positions on yachts are your STCW’s and ENG1 Medical Certificate.

Timing and location - How much notice do you have to give your current employer? Timing is everything, there’s a good time to give yourself the best chance of finding a job as yacht crew. The best location and times to get a great head start are knowing your yachting seasons and the hubs here

Reaching out to crew agencies or other yachties for advice – There are good and bad crew agencies so make sure you use reliable ones. A good standard to set is to see whether the agencies are MLC certified like we are at SYCA. The MLC Certificate of Compliance states, "All seafarers shall have access to an efficient, adequate and accountable system for finding employment on board ship WITHOUT CHARGE to the seafarer". Should you find any crew agencies charging a fee for their service run the other way!

Have a chat with a couple of your yachtie mates or network through social media or in person seeking advice.

Pull the Trigger and Quit - Now you have a solid game plan, bite the bullet and quit your typical corporate job and start a new and exciting career!

Contact us at info@syca.co.uk if you’re seeking additional advice.