Training: What's it worth?
Following last month’s article about all the new courses out there, C&NI crew placement agent Sarah Laty paid a visit to one of the new training centers in Antibes to find out whether these courses are really worth their weight.
"What I came away with is that though some of these new requirements might seem expensive and time consuming, in fact a lot of thought, experience, and preparation has gone into their creation. And in fact, even those who let out the loudest groan at the thought of having to sit through another course usually come away feeling refreshed, motivated, and happy about the experience.
Strict regulations on deck have been in place for some time now. Therefore, the new deck requirements popping up seem to be viewed simply as compliments to the already standard certification route to Captain. However the new courses aimed at the galley and the interior, whether obligatory for MLC 2006 or simply a way to enhance your CV, are being met with more questions and even some resistance. It is important to remember that this industry is an ever-evolving one, and as long as you choose to be a part of it, the standards will continue to rise, and the training will therefore follow this rising bar.
It obviously depends on where you are in your career and what you are hoping to get out of the yachting industry. If this is a place you plan to stay for a while, then complimenting your growing experience with additional courses can be a great way to gain the edge. As December hits, many of you are debating whether to make the trip over to the Caribbean to look for work. While another season’s experience is always a positive step, staying land based and doing a course or two can also be a productive way to spend the winter. From a hiring person’s point of view, it will always be a plus if you have spent your time off moving forward and improving your skills, even if you did work in a bit of snowboarding as well.
Whether you are new to the industry or have years of experience, being asked to shell out thousands for yet another qualification can be frustrating. You are right to wonder if it is really worth the money. Will it really enhance your performance or help you land a better job? The more we speak to people, the more we are realizing that these courses have a great deal to offer and often do serve as the deciding factor when faced with two otherwise similar candidates. Not only that, but rarely do I hear someone tell me that they felt it wasn’t worth it. Whether you are a deckie climbing the ladder, a stewardess looking for a way to stand out of the crowd, or a chef keeping on top of the latest trends and requirements – there is something to be gained for all of you."
If you have any questions about MLC 2006 or any of the new required courses, or simply looking for some advice about what would be worthwhile for you at this stage in your career, please contact our Crew Department.