Courses For Shoreside Roles

Did you know that Wilsonhalligan now have a dedicated desk for Shoreside positions?

With an increased demand for shore-based personnel, across all sectors of the maritime industry, Luke Randall has joined the Wilsonhalligan team.  Bringing with him a wealth of experience in maritime recruitment for the cruise and yacht industry, he is focused on helping to secure talent for private households and businesses worldwide.

Luke’s knowledge and insight can be invaluable for both shore-based candidates looking for their next role and yacht crew looking to make the transition to a shore-based position. One question he is often asked is – should I be taking courses to enhance my skills and CV?

For many yacht crew, moving ashore means a career change and it can be daunting knowing when and how to take the next step.  The good news is that yacht crew have a vast range of knowledge and experience that is highly valued by many shore-based employers and, with transferable skills that can be used in a number of roles, it is not always necessary to retrain.  We have seen a rise in requests for ex-yacht crew from companies that require knowledge of superyacht operations and the maritime industry and an ability to work for and alongside clients in private homes and businesses.

When applying for shore-based roles it is important to consider the skills and experience you can transfer from your current position to your new role, don’t assume an employer will understand exactly what you have been doing onboard or in your previous shore-based position.  Being able to present these key attributes, skills and experiences clearly and concisely on you CV can make you stand out to potential employers.

Maritime Training Academy provide specialist, expert training to marine professionals and in recent years have expanded their training portfolio across several sectors of the maritime industry, from Superyachts to Shipping and Marine Surveying.  They offer a number of diploma and certificate courses suitable for shore-based roles such as Superyacht Management, Superyacht Project Management, Refit & Newbuilding, Superyacht Surveying and Yacht Brokerage, as well as courses in Marine Insurance Claims and Maritime Law.  These courses can be completed via distance learning with diploma students required to sit a written examination once they have passed their assignments.

Those already in a shore-based role may also be considering completing additional courses in order to take the next step in their career.  MTA’s courses can be particularly helpful when wanting to work in a certain area of the maritime industry or wishing to increase your knowledge and responsibility in aspects of a particular role.  They are also useful for individuals who already work in conjunction with certain aspects of the industry and require a good working knowledge of it, such as Maritime Law.  For all of their courses a working knowledge of the industry is of an obvious benefit, but not essential.

Whilst completing additional courses can allow you to develop specialist knowledge and enhance your career opportunities, please note that diplomas and short courses do not guarantee you a position in your chosen field.  Many companies will still be looking for hands on experience in these areas and we would certainly advise speaking to recruitment agencies and potential employers before embarking on further education to make sure it is the right fit for you, your employer and your future career.

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