Hello! I have just started the academy, and just now, after realizing the variety of jobs in maritime industry, i have just started to think long and hard on what type of ship I would like to work on. After reading all sorts of posts here, the topic of yachting seem to appear from time to time. It did raise the interest of mine, so I looked into it a bit closer. I was surprised, that to work on yachts, you do not need academic education, but instead, you need to complete all sorts of courses. So, really my question is, if one would be really serious about making his career in the yachting field, isn’t the time/money/effort that has bean put into the academy, be sort of wasted? In my case, I will be 25 when I graduate academy + I would need at least 1 year to make enough money to pay off my debts. That means, I would be at least 26 (or even older), when I would start to work as a junior deckhand. The type op spot, that is primerely aimed at 20 year olds. Wouldn’t I be better off just starting to collect sea time ASAP, and maybe be a mate on a yacht by the time, I am 26.
I really wish, that someone more wiser and more experienced than me would give me some of his toughs about this dilemma I got. For all the answers, thanks in advance!