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RECRUIT


New generation, New jobs


Laurence Lewis looks at the new skill sets needed by the next generation of crew that could give them the edge over their peers when looking for that next position


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eneration Z, people born during the mid-nineties, is entering the workplace in the yachting industry. With their high-tech and hyper-connected upbringing, they bring a new set of behaviours and expectations in their place of work. That’s just as well, as their work place is changing too and over the last few years recruiters have seen exciting new jobs arising in the industry.


The crew entering the market are now expected to come equipped with a large spectrum of skill sets to meet the needs of the 2.0 yacht owners and captains. The good thing is that Generation Z can multi task, even more so than Millennials. With constant interaction with apps, texts, videos they are used to paying attention and monitoring a variety of media and this will definitely set them apart from older colleagues.


One such new job is drone pilot. We started getting these requests the last couple of years but nothing like this season when we have seen the demand for Drone Pilots rise by 30 %. The pool of available candidates is still not very large but is increasing steadily. Of course, as always in yachting, it is about multi-tasking, so the drone pilot will always have another job aboard such as deckhand, bosun, 3rd/ 2nd officer.


What a great opportunity for a tech savvy person to start a career! Drones have become interesting on a couple of levels for yachts. We have all seen those beautiful videos of yachts cruising in the sunset, of people jet skiing in idyllic settings, kite surfing in the best spots. Drones capture the experience of yachting and allow guests to go home with great footage of their friends and family at play in the most desirable locations around the world. This is the ultimate holiday souvenir; it does not get better. Of course, drone pilots also provide great content


for marketing videos for charter yachts whose Instagram accounts flourish as they compete for followers. Drones can also help in terms of inspection of hard to reach or normally in-accessible areas on the yacht, it’s a new pair of eyes, handy to have for the deck crew before starting a job. Becoming a certified drone pilot is definitely an interesting path to follow, which sets candidates apart in a market where owners and captains are looking for more and more extra skills.


A new generation of yacht owners whose centre of interests lie in extreme sports calls for a new breed of deckhands, so here comes the deckhand/ kite surfer instructor! For the 2019 Med season we have received a plethora of requests such as “looking for a fun, sporty kite surfer deckhand”. Whilst they spend some time teaching guests how to kitesurf their main duties will still be regular deckhand tasks such as washdowns, setting up the deck, line handling and tender driving. Many of these jobs are of course on expedition vessels that spend much of their time around the Pacific but not all. For those looking to enter this buoyant job market, the International Kiteboarding Organization are a good place to start and for now, the demand for such candidates outweighs the supply.


Another highly popular request this year has been for Spa and Beauty, Massage and Sport Therapists and we doubled the number of placements in this segment between the 2018 Mediterranean season and the 2019 season, perhaps not surprising as the size of yachts keeps on increasing. For many guests, for instance, a massage has become part of their enjoyment onboard the yacht to help them unwind from their busy life ashore. Popular treatments for guests and crew include deep-tissue massages, and treatments designed to be anti-stress and anti-fatigue. Therapists cater for a variety of requests and need to specifically be aware of how to address over exposure to the sun and sea.


Wellness and well-being are the defining concepts of our time and these new jobs on yachts address these needs. For recruiters this is also a stimulating time as we look forward to welcoming and accompanying newcomers into the yachting industry.


ONBOARD | SUMMER 2019 | 149


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