01 Aug CRUISE CAREER COACH: Embracing a Sea of Cultural Diversity
On a cruise ship, you’re likely to be working in close proximity with guests and crew from more than 50 nationalities. To be successful at your shipboard job, and any job for that matter, it requires an open mind and the ability to work well with people from all over the world. When you think about it, cruise ships are like a floating United Nations.
Sitting down for a meal in the crew’s area, it’s more than possible you’ll bump into folks from at least four or five countries, all with different education, employment and cultural backgrounds. Listen to their stories. Find out what brought them to work on ships. Share your stories with them. And brush up on a foreign language if you have the opportunity.
While you’re taking in all of these unique perspectives, keep in mind that everyone has been brought together for the single purpose of helping guests experience their best vacation ever. Watch how your fellow crew members do what they can to accomplish this goal. Learn how they face challenges. Chances are you’ll learn a few things about yourself along the way.
You’ll take this priceless experience with you throughout your career, keeping that open mind and listening to others’ perspectives. Your future employers, whether they’re land-based or ship-based, will see the value of your shipboard experience and know you have a highly prized transferrable skill — the ability to work well with virtually anyone.