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Older yacht stewardesses (38 years old+) experiences

Discussion in 'Yacht Crews' started by Ally3456, Sep 2, 2018.

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  1. Ally3456

    Ally3456 New Member

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    I am looking to get into yachting when my son has completed school and would love to hear any feedback from people who have started in yachting later in life.

    I know 38 isn't 'old' but from what I see it is considered pretty old in the yacht stewarding field. I have a lot of transferable skills that I believe will help me in this industry. I have a business management degree and have extensive experience in project management and working with teams as well as being in charge of teams/projects.

    Please feel free to give me any tips/experiences/horror stories

    Thanks

    Ally
  2. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

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    Do you really understand what entry level stews do? I'd suggest reading Julie Perry's book. You do need to take your STCW Basic for initial consideration and I'd recommend some form of Introductory Steward(ess) Training.

    You talk about your transferable skills and then mention management, project management, leading teams. One might see those as potentially beneficial if you rise one day to be a chief stew. However, someone looking to hire you at an entry level might be scared away by them, thinking you're really not prepared to make beds, clean heads, do laundry, serve meals and do all the things you'd have to.

    You'll need to prove you're willing to do the dirty work and that you're going to take direction well, perhaps even from someone younger than you. That's on top of STCW and perhaps some basic Stew Training that would show you're serious. Still you may wait quite a while for your first opportunity. To get that you'll need to circulate among crew, conduct yourself well, perhaps stay at a crew house.
  3. CaptPKilbride

    CaptPKilbride Senior Member

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    All very good advice from olderboater.

    Getting the entry level experience and learning how to: make beds, clean heads, do laundry, serve meals and do all the things you'd have to, will help you further down the road when the time comes to manage others under you who will be expected to do all those things. And do them at a higher level of quality and excellence than the average housekeeper.
  4. Capt Ralph

    Capt Ralph Senior Member

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    Before comments get repeated again here, please do some searches on YF for more comments and responses on this same subject already posted.

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