The cruise industry is almost at the end of the road to normalcy, with safe sailing through Caribbean currents and Mediterranean waves beginning after a year of calm waters.
And what’s great news for vacationers planning their next adventure is also great news for those looking to embark on a career that will introduce them to the world.
While cruise ships all come in different shapes and sizes, offering different styles and facilities, for those who have not yet crossed the gangway on a cruise, being on board can be like being in a floating city. You can shop, enjoy a night out, or watch a movie. Or see a caregiver, doctor or nurse.
In terms of careers, these are retail, entertainment, medical care – some of the available career paths that people don’t normally associate with the maritime industry of sailing, shipyards and ports. . Yet they are all part of the same family.
Thus, your skills and qualifications as a traditional seafarer are not required to be paid to travel. And these are all careers that are now, finally, back on board.
Students and job switchers with HR qualifications, for example, can swap an office for a booth. Cruises can have more than 1,000 crew members, of multiple origins and nationalities, who must be supported by a strong team of human resources professionals who ensure their well-being, development and progression.
Doctors and nurses can also exchange services for the sea, as part of a team taking care of any medical problem or emergency from an on-board infirmary. And cooks are needed not only for kitchens, but also for restaurant kitchens – some are even headed by Michelin-starred chefs. Each cruise also needs a sommelier to consult with passengers on fine wine selections.
Any student or switch who speaks multiple languages ââand is interested in a customer-oriented role can also join a team of international hosts, whose role is to assist non-English speaking passengers in their native language.
Cruises can also be a home for anyone with experience in entertainment, hosting shows, organizing activities, and the performing arts. Providing unforgettable experiences – from Broadway shows to skydiving simulations – to thousands of people. And if you’re good at sales and communication, with a passion for art, you might even work as an art director or auctioneer, representing both well-known and emerging artists at sea.
Those who have worked in travel and tourism, or who have simply traveled a lot or who have been a tour guide before, might find their calling in the coastal destinations department on board, choosing the best places from town to town and from town to town. island hopping.
So from this little snapshot, we hope that anyone curious about a career full of new places and new experiences can see that there are more ways to access life at sea than there is. ‘would have imagined.
But the cruise industry, of course, is also a natural home for those looking to supply engine rooms and provide surveillance on deck and at sea, all on some of the world’s most spectacular ships.
Cruise lines can sponsor cadet programs for all of these, such as the three offered by the dedicated cadet group of Viking Maritime Group, Chiltern Marine – engineer officers, electrical engineering officers and deck officers – funding studies in the halls. class and on the water, which will provide the license and university degree required to be a naval officer. An option for anyone with a technical mind, with degrees in mathematics, science, who likes to work in a team.
But life at sea is for nobody, even if it is inspired by cruises. And that’s okay, as the world’s largest cruise lines have significant ashore bases in the UK, providing the accounting, sales, marketing, management and leadership that power the industry as much as the engines on board.
Ahead of the pandemic, the UK cruise industry saw record investment from cruise lines, record numbers of UK vacationers taking a cruise and growing numbers choosing to cruise the British Isles for their holidays – creating over 82,000 jobs nationwide and contributing over Â£ 9.4 billion to our economy.
So we can all be delighted that the industry is making a comeback, and with 170,000 maritime jobs expected to be created from the free ports announced earlier this year, students and money changers considering their next move can also, once again. , be excited about a new career of a lifetime.
Lorna Wagner, Careers and Outreach Program Manager, Maritime UK
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