But the reality of the job can be intimidating. You’re far from home, traveling to distant destinations, and may be afraid of feeling disconnected from your friends, family, and community.
The good news is that the superyacht community offers two great methods of countering any sense of loneliness or isolation, and staying connected -- literally, and figuratively -- while you’re at sea.
The most important thing to remember is that you’ll be building new friendships in your new career.
Yacht crew relationships tend to become incredibly close, with friendships and partnerships that extend for years.
Here are a few good reasons why you should feel encouraged you that you’ll be in good company on your new yacht home.
First of all, superyacht crew are generally motivated by the same things. Sure, some people are fascinated by the opportunity to work as an engineer on a yacht, while others have chosen this career because they want to travel.
But ultimately, yachting tends to attract a certain kind of person, and you’re likely to find commonalities that form a great foundation for relationships.
Another important point is the reality of living in close quarters and working together 24 hours a day.
Unlike many jobs, where you can isolate yourself at your desk, or your work shifts don’t allow for consistent collegial relationships, on a yacht you’ll come to work, live, and play with the same small group of people.
There’s always someone else eager to explore a destination or take a break for some drinks and grub.
Yacht crew are all seeking a new life, exploring different shores, and have left behind people that they care for.
So, you’ll find yourself in good company, and as you settle in, you’ll come to see your yacht crew as a family.
This tight-knit community will be there to support you and provide you with an emotional home away from home.
While there’s no guarantee of 100% access, superyachts today pride themselves on connectivity and internet service. As crew, you’ll also benefit from cutting-edge technology onboard.
After all, a high-end guest expects to stay connected, and crew leadership realizes it’s also important for the crew members to count on this tether back home.
This means that, even though you’re far from home, you’ll be able to use Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, or any other web-based service to stay in close contact with your family and mates.
Many crew members have standing weekly video chats with family across the sea, and you can share photos, videos, and stories across the miles.
It’s a great way to stay connected and absolutely possible on most modern yachts. In a worst-case scenario, you’re never too many days away from a marina, where internet access is one of the key attractions.
You’ll also find opportunities to meet up with friends around the world.
Whether they’re old schoolmates who have moved, family members who plan a vacation to coincide with a time you’re at the marina, or chance meetups with connections new and old, having a global travel platform means that distance starts to be something you look at through new eyes.
Ultimately, FreshYacht is here to reassure you that joining a superyacht crew doesn’t mean you’ll disappear off of the face of the Earth.
Between social media & internet communications, and the welcoming new family awaiting you onboard, you’re likely to find after a short settling-in period that you are still able to maintain and build connections in your new career.
And of course, you’ll have your community of FreshYacht Insiders here to cheer you on along the way!
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