It may sound counter intuitive for a recruitment company to be telling people to stick with their jobs but here where are.
We speak to 1000s of crew every year and are constantly wondering why some are wanting to leave their jobs.
We hear many reasons why crew might be leaving a yacht and some are, of course, very justified. This blog isn’t about those reasons that would make anyone quit, this is about the “small stuff”.
So, is moving boats a good career move?
We have all (at least most of us) had those awesome jobs and yacht programs that make us realise why we love this industry so much, but no job will ever be perfect. If you sweat the small stuff, that thought will fester and grow.
It might be that annoying cabin mate, the bad owner, the ‘boring’ itinerary, the long yard period, the bad food and everything in between.
But how do you know that things won’t improve? A quick chat with the captain might change your cabin, the bad owner might just be going through a rough patch, the boring itinerary might change, the itinerary after the yard might be epic and if the chef is making bad food, they probably won’t last very long on board..
Even if these things do not change, are there not enough great things about the program you can focus on to get through the bad periods? If you listen to podcasts or read about positive mindsets, the emphasis is all about focusing on the positives; remembering and appreciating them daily.
So why do we see so many people considering leaving their vessels for these somewhat trivial reasons? It’s simply the common belief that the grass is greener somewhere else. You see your friends on a ‘better’ yacht, the older crew onboard tell you about how good it used to be, you are flooded with images of yachties on Instagram having a great time on ‘better’ yachts. Don’t always believe what you see or hear.
While the idea of finding greener pastures on another yacht can be enticing, yachties should carefully weigh the pros and cons before making such a decision. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and the benefits of familiarity, reputation, stability, and professional growth that come with staying on the same yacht can often outweigh the allure of novelty. Ultimately, the decision to switch yachts should be made with a clear understanding of the potential consequences and a long-term career implications.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, all things change!