A yachtie’s guide to setting (and achieving) your career goals

Whether you’re trying to advance in your career, master new skills, or enhance crew well-being on board, thoughtful goal-setting ensures a purposeful and fulfilling experience at sea.

It’s about more than just enjoying the journey – it’s about making the most of it! So, grab a pen and start brainstorming what you want to achieve – your yachting journey is full of possibilities!

Here at Yacht Crew Recruitment & Training, we help the yachting community build stronger, happier and more resilient teams through The Crew Academy’s IAMI & GUEST accredited training programs and bespoke headhunting service with The Crew Hunter.

So, to help you take that next step in your career, we’ve pulled together these top tips on goal setting, with specific advice for those looking to advance in the yachting industry.

Read on for the full list and feel free to get in touch to discuss your career progression at info@yachtcrew.uk


Know what you want

The first step to achieving your goals is knowing what you actually want in the first place.

Take time to reflect and specify what you want to achieve in your yachting career. Whether it’s mastering new skills, climbing the ranks, or expanding your network, clarity is key to progress.


Be realistic

Make your goals SMART. This means they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

This method for goal setting can help make sure you are setting realistic and useful goals that will genuinely further your career. Plus, setting deadlines for when you want to achieve your goals can help keep you on track.


Break things down

Once you’ve outlined your goals, break these down into smaller, more achievable steps. Want that promotion? What key skills, knowledge, experience or contacts are you currently lacking and what actions can you take to change that?

Make sure to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way, too. This can help you recognise your progress, stay motivated and commit to your goals long-term.


Network and Connect

Like many industries, the more connections you make and the more people you speak to, the more likely you are to come across new opportunities.

Attend industry events, join crew groups, and seek mentorship. Reach out to crew agencies like The Crew Hunter to stay up to date on the latest opportunities. Building relationships and staying updated with industry trends is crucial for advancement.


Continuous Learning

Commit to ongoing education and personal development.

Enrol in accredited yacht training programs, attend workshops, and stay informed about the latest developments in yachting to stay ahead. This not only boosts your CV, but also provides opportunities to connect with others in the industry.

Whether you’re looking to boost your skills in leadership, administration, mental health and more, The Crew Academy’s range of IAMI and GUEST accredited yacht training programs can get you there.


The journey not the destination

Progress isn’t always a straight line. Expect setbacks and view them as opportunities for growth.

Try to stay consistent and regularly evaluate your process. Celebrate successes and adjust goals if needed. Flexibility is vital in refining your path to success.


To view our latest jobs, visit The Crew Hunter and take a look at our full list courses visit The Crew Academy.

For general enquiries about recruitment or training please contact info@yachtcrew.uk.

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