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German stews!?
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 1:38 PM
Joined: 14/01/2014
Posts: 1

Hi guys,

I´m new to the industry and am planning on heading to Ft Lauderdale in November/December to look for a job as a junior stew (will have completed my STCW, Powerboat II and probably a stew training course till then).

I´ve read quite a few posts, articles, blogs etc. but for some reason I´ve never come across a German stew. Do you think/know if that´s just a coincidence or could being German actually be a disadvantage for me when applying for a job?

 I have some hospitality and event management experience, speak 4 languages and have lived in an english-speaking country for more than a year so I´m not worried about my ability to speak (almost) fluent English. The only thing I´m a bit worried about is my nationality (may sound a bit stupid but the seemingly complete lack of Germans in the industry really got me thinking...).

Any thoughts/ experiences/ advise?


Thanks a lot!


Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:42 PM

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:08 AM
Joined: 14/03/2011
Posts: 5

Language skills are a definite advantage on a yacht (or a hinderance) depending on the owner's preferences and crew. I've worked on a prior vessel where the owners insisted on German speaking stewardess as their younger children had very little English. I doubt you will find any problems with your nationality unless you have a very strong accent.

Make sure you listed your languages and fluency level on your CV and also your experience working away from home.

Good luck - don't expect to find work quickly - it can take time to land your first position.

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