Entry-Level Stew, new to the industry
I'm a 31 y/o female registered nurse who has decided to pursue the yacht industry as a career. I'm set to arrive in Fort Lauderdale mid Sept to complete a 5 day stew-course as well as ENG 1. I already have my STCW '95 BST cert.
I have no experience as of yet, but plan on updating my CV accordingly after completion of additional training and day work. I do, however, have experience in patient care, customer service, admin/clerical, fitness instruction, and a little food service/event planning through volunteer work, etc.
I'm trying to be as prepared as possible, but one of my concerns is age. Am I too old to be starting out in this industry? I don't really feel that it would be an issue since I look young, fit, and am extremely determined and eager to learn. I also get along well with all types of people, am a team player, and use to stressful and adverse conditions due to my nursing background. Do you think I will have a hard time finding permanent work? And what else can I do to make my transition a successful one?
I really appreciate everyone's constructive input!