When it comes to yachting, what is more important: the quality of your work or the time spent in the business? I guess this could easily be asked of corporate jobs as well, but I’ve been finding that yacht captains and hiring managers put too much emphasis on years of experience. Experiences in yachting can all be quite varied, from the hectic to the not so busy…the diverse to the monotonous. A year for one person could actually feel like 3 for another. For example, I left my corporate job of 10 years to pursue yachting, and in a short span of time I’ve quickly gotten a handle on many aspects – private, charter, yard period, setting up a program from scratch, budgeting/yacht accounting, dealing with contractors, managing junior staff, floral arranging, housekeeping, laundry, line handling, inventory management, the list goes on. Meanwhile, I know of friends who spent the same amount of time doing about 70% laundry and 30% service with no idea how to handle the situations I’ve been thrown into. I’ve even met people with years of experience who are not yet confident enough to step up to a senior role. So when candidates are hired, how could we all be measured off the same standard of “years of experience”?
For land-based jobs, the old adage of staying at one job for years is virtually unheard of anymore. I hate to blame it on our generation’s inability to focus, but I know that I can speak for myself and close friends that we’ve become the “jack/jill of all trades” and have flourished. Stability be damned! Surely, the candidates with a diverse background and unique expertise is more valued over someone who’s been at the same job with little or no growth/challenges? I understand that at a certain point in your career, longevity would be valued — perhaps at the more senior levels. However, for entry to mid-level jobs, looking at skills gained, ability to adapt, and showing initiative should be valued over tenure. Am I alone in feeling this? Do you disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts.