Many of us spend years and years in a job we loathe yet we are too afraid of quitting and escaping the rat race and the day-to-day predictability. Only those who've experienced it will understand how the daily commute and routine of a regular job can become oppressive in its land-locked security.
Sail for a Living will help those with an interest in sailing and the sea to escape that nine-to-five monotony and realise what options are available. There's advice from a wealth of industry experts who have learned the hard way and are happy to share their experiences. Information on career paths and qualifications are mixed with practical tips and words of warning. It is written by someone with personal experience of switching careers into the marine industry, and aims to give an honest insight in to how to make the change and to do so successfully.
While quitting a well-paid job for a more 'fun' occupation could, on the surface, be seen to be naive and irresponsible, the long-term benefits - including health, lifestyle and peace of mind -often outweigh the reasons to stay. You need, however, to plan your new career carefully and avoid common mistakes which could jeopardise your success.
Changing careers is often sparked by a life event or feeling of discontent. It's often those who are forced into a situation such as redundancy and who have had to rethink their career structure, who have taken the plunge and been given the opportunity to exploit their free spirit. Interestingly, more often than not, they find it is one of the best moves they've ever made. It's also one of the bravest steps anyone is ever likely to take because it is the first move to recognising they need to be honest with themselves.
Because switching careers is such a huge life change, it's important to remember that the emotions that are likely to be experienced while going through a decision-making process will be immense and there'll certainly be periods of doubt in the mind, which is quite normal. When this happens, it is important to remember the reasons that sparked the move in the first place and ask yourself where you would rather be?
Because sailing careers often offer an attractive lifestyle many of them involve low pay and long hours. But as most who work in the marine industry will confirm, the key to success is all about balancing salary with job satisfaction.
CHAPTER 1 Working in the yacht charter industry
CHAPTER 2 Setting up your own charter business
CHAPTER 3 Superyachts
CHAPTER 4 Teaching and coaching
CHAPTER 5 Professional racing
CHAPTER 6 Expedition yacht work
CHAPTER 7 Sailing support jobs
CHAPTER 8 Media
CHAPTER 9 Yacht delivery