The majority of crew aren't career minded and more likely to jump ship rather than work through rough patches.
Every job has busy and slow periods mixed with great, mundane and atrocious days. Crew need to be realistic, adapt, grow and consistently achieve objectives. Doing something once is no reason for promotion because every role on a yacht follows specific routines which maintain standards.
Realistic attitudes, being humble and understanding that doing your job well is expected and no reason for praise.
Time served, playing your position on the team and offering a helping hand is what yachting is all about.
It's the really tough times which showcase the true worth of crew.
When crew choose to step up rather than step away people notice and reputations are made or destroyed.
Experience, qualifications and resumes amount to zero when people fail to perform. At the end of the day people are only as good as their last decision and action. Overly cocky, negative and needy crew that fail to perform in season rarely last, not because of their mistakes but because their attitudes devalue their worth and destroy crew synergy.
Sometimes the best crew member is they guy or gal that nobody notices because they go about the day without drawing attention to themselves and freely admit they need advice, help or made a mistake. You can always teach crew a new skill but you can't coach careless crew to give a hoot.
Cranky chiefs, boozy chefs, flirty stews, friendly first officers and hands off captains are more common than people think and the principal reasons why yachting is so unprofessional.
Like it or not yachting exists because of owners, and it's the crew which understand this that keep owners in the business.
What kind of crew member are you?
A) Career minded
B) Just passing through
C) Trying to decide if yachting is a viable career option