Hello everyone am trying to start in the yachting industry and it's a very tough road for me,so am hoping anyone out there with any good advice could tell me excatly what is it am doing wrong or what am not doing. I have been working on cruiseships for the past ten years and i wanted to try something different so i decided to join the yacht career came here in march got day work for one month and that was it. Ive join almost all of the crew agencies here in fort lauderdale then i took there advice went to IYT spent a lot of money FOR MEGAYACHT INTERIOR and MEGAYACHT EXTERIOR , walk the docks, hang out at waxy's and walk the mariners still not even daywork.Some people told me things like it's going to be very tough for me because am BLACK and they don't hire black people that much. Now it breaks my heart when i know it's going to be tough for me because am from the caribbean am not a lazy guy and i have down some of the toughest jobs on cruiseships working like 9 months straight no days of go on vacation for two months and do it again for ten years straight so i know what is hard work, right now things are a little slow her in fort Lauderdale so am waiting to see when the boat show starts in octorber if am going to get lucky because the way i see it i cannot depend on these agencies. Am here with my girl friend and we are willing to go separate or together but she always gets call for jobs. I know am new in this industry and i really want to learn but no one is giving me a chance.This is an example, i applied for jobs on these sites as a deckhand and they telling me i have to have yacht masters, now how can i get yachtmaasters when am not even giving a chance to be a deckhand i have all my certificates from ENG,STCW all they way to silver service and because of my color there's no place for me in the this industry.I thought they are looking for hardworking people with good skills and likes to serve people because thats what i have been doing all my life so i cant understand what color has to do with it but it only makes me stronger and makes me want to push more for a job on the yachts and i know my time will come around because with my sweet communications skills and my service background i will get there. So with that being said i would like for someone whose been in this industry a long time can give me a little advise it would really be appreciated because nothing seems to work no matter how hard i try i dont expect it to happen over night but if someone had told me this industry is like believes in the stereo types i would of said no.LIVE and let LIVE.
|The topic of racism is always a sure way to get folks excited. Junior, you always have insightful comments to make on here, but this time might have been a little close to the edge........are you surprised to get that reaction....and from an Aussie, no less. |
That aside, you are, in a way, not far from the truth. Aussies, by and large, are racist biggots, and most people know this. It's not simply a case of the few making a bad rep. for the many, it's quite noticeable that Aussie men seem to be, say, 20 years behind the rest of the world with their acceptance of blacks, asians, certain european nationalities, and gays. I have dozens of great Aussie mates, and I still don't know why this is. In fact, I constantly give them shit about it......they know it, and even they can't accept it.
Anyway, this isn;t a forum about Aussies, and to the person that started this, as many others have rightly said, it's a very tough time in yachting with thousands of qualified experienced crew walking the docks on both sides of the Atlantic, but keep at it, persevere, it'll be worth it in the long run.
Posted by: storm at 25/09/2010 17:30
|I am tired of all this crap about west Indian blacks not being able to find work in the white man's world.I am a white Antiguan,I have traveled the world,England,Spain.Sweden,Germany,America,and i can go on and on...in all of these places i have been, i have always see black police,taxis,bus drivers,executives,post men....again i can go on and on. Now if i go back home to Antigua and try to get a job as a police man,taxi,bus driver,post man,or a job in government,I could not...I am a white Antiguan ?.... you ever see a white taxi driver,bus driver,government minister in Antigua ? Now tell me about being racist !!!|
Posted by: paul scales at 25/09/2010 18:47