Is it easy to find a couples position?
How long does it usually take to get a position together?
Are there many couple-friendly boats in the industry?
Can crew couples actually work together?
These are some of the questions we’ve been getting lately from couples looking to work together and with the Mediterranean season fast approaching, we are quite certain that many couples are already on the lookout for their new role together onboard.
There really is no right or wrong way or hard and fast rule when it comes to working together. Sometimes it is as simple as being in the right place at the right time. Either way, it takes the right attitude and perseverance to find work together in the yachting industry.
How To Get a Job on a Yacht as a Couple
Sure, there will be a few ‘couple friendly’ jobs, but the most common and possibly the easiest route to getting work as a couple is to apply as an individual. This will provide far more opportunities and offers the path of least resistance to get your foot in the door and establish a good relationship with the boat, allowing you to be in a better position to put your partner forward when the opportunity arises.
Keep in mind that you are both individuals with your own experiences and strengths so keeping your CVs separate is key. This will show professionalism and that you are able to separate your personal relationship from your career.
Another option is to be completely honest and look for jobs purely as a couple and not consider anything else. Be straightforward about your goal during interviews. This approach will probably take longer but you may be happier. It may be a good idea to give yourselves a timeframe and then assess your plans if it takes longer than your set time frame.
Once you both have a season or two of experience under your belt, getting work together should be much easier. You may need to look on it as a short term sacrifice for the longer term gain.
Does it work for everyone?
Just like with everything else, working together as a couple has its pros and cons. It’s best to remember that even though working together seems like the ideal situation, it isn’t always the best option. Being onboard can sometimes get lonely and one of the best things about working together is that you will always have that someone to talk to after a busy day.
So is working together for you?
Every couple is different just as every boat is different. The bottom line is that there are great amount of things to consider when deciding to pursue a career together on board. It’s not easy an journey, not for everyone anyway. However, if you and your partner are persistent and determined, you will find the perfect positions that suit you both.