8 reasons not to jump ship

The season is now truly coming to an end. While many crew are now ending their seasonal contract, a great number of others, on a permanent contract, are now contemplating their next step. But are they about to step on somebody’s toe or on thin ice for no reason at all? Jens Oomes thinks of 8 reasons NOT to jump ship. In the

  1. Patience is a virtue.

A while ago I received an email from a relatively young deckhand which led me to write this article. He had finally scored a job and was describing how perfect everything was on board. In fact it was so perfect that the vessel had an excellent retention rate. To my astonishment, that was exactly his problem! He figured that since everybody stayed so long it would take a very long time to grow through the ranks.

So this guy wanted to tick the boxes in his record book and rush to the bridge to take the helm. I’m worried that he is steering towards a short lived success.

2.Things are fine the way they are.

Personal growth is not defined by the tangible environment that surrounds us or by the superficial perception that people have of us. (e.g. a bigger boat). So if you’ve been in the same job for more than 3 years, as unfashionable as it may seem, it doesn’t mean it is time for a change. If you think you need a new challenge then try distance learning or a new sport that’s combinable with your position. I know of a few people who have changed jobs for the sake of “progression” who wished they never did. If you have a loyal employer (also not very fashionable anymore) why don’t you start investing that relatively secure salary of yours and progress your career towards being an investor, all without changing jobs.

  1. “It’s not about the money, money” (quote: Jessie J.)

Oh sorry, it is? Why don’t you have a conversation with your employer and explain him that your financial life plan requires an increase of income and that you are reluctant to move on to another yacht because of your history with him. Additionally you explain him into detail why he should be reluctant to just let you walk away and how you have created added value to his yachting experience. Don’t dream that your employer will come up with this conversation himself, that’s very rare.

Some people have to overcome a certain fear to have this conversation but it could save both you and your employer a lot of hassle so be brave.

Don’t have this conversation before the end of the second year. That would be a little too brave.

  1. A lack of resourcefulness is worse than a lack of resources.

Financial compensation (or reward!) is not the only way to improve your contractual conditions. There are things like insurance, one of the few expenses you may have as a yachtie. Increased time off can improve your life-quality tremendously and it could even work around the owner’s schedule, a win-win. Persuading the owner to follow an itinerary that is more of interest for you than his original plan. It could entail going to places he or she hadn’t thought of or staying in a certain place for a longer period while the yacht is not being used.

Read the other 4 reasons on  http://www.invisiblecrew.com/8-reasons-not-jump-ship/


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