An Interview With Karine Rayson

How long did you plan your move ashore?

I entered the industry with the intention to travel and have a break from my land-based teaching position. Due to planning only a short-term career in yachting I did not have to make provisions for a career exit strategy as such but it did help me to affirm my next career move. What my yachting career did teach me was that I wanted to pursue further studies in human behaviour and helping others lead a more fulfilling life. However, through recently doing The Crew Coach vlog interviews it has become even more apparent that crew who do not think through their exit strategy are faced with a difficult reintegration period.

What financial plans did you make?

I’ve always had a clear vision of what I’ve wanted to do with my career and how much I’d need to kick start it. I set targets for myself and diligently saved away a percentage of my income over the course of my yachting career. If I had chosen to work longer in the industry, I would of certainly engaged with a financial advisor.

What were the tough decisions?

I think the toughest decision is deciding on a new career path. I have been fortunate in that I have known since a young age, that I wanted to pursue a career in the human services field with the hope of making a positive impact. Working with my clients, I know that the decision has not been an easy one for them. I specifically provide coaching around identifying new career pathways through embarking on a self-discovery process. It is so important to gain mastery in a field that you love. I projected that my yachting experience would not be looked upon in high regard by corporate recruitment  companies when looking for a role in psychology. Like all professions, it is so important that you continue to update and further develop your skill set on a frequent basis. When I was crew, I craved intellectual stimulation to feed my thirst for personal and professional growth, however, there were no courses available in these focus areas. I was struck by the lack of people skills amongst crew which is so necessary to have in a serviced based industry, not to mention to also help crew live and work together harmoniously. As such,The Crew Coach is committed to further developing the suite of professional and personal development programs so that crew can be afforded with the development that they so duly deserve.

What was unexpected in the process?

One of the difficulties I experienced moving onshore was the frustration around getting approval for a rental property. I did not have a rental ledger to qualify for the tenancy application.

After a life on the water, how did you choose where to settle?

I returned to Sydney, Australia where I had a great friendship base and network that I could use to help  me accelerate my new career. 

What was the smartest thing you did in the process?

Preparing for my exit by doing the necessary research and planning to make a smoother transition… do not leave it to the last minute! I spent a couple of months researching universities and colleges which helped me find a course that would best support my career ambitions.

What advice would you give to other yachties moving ashore?

Make sure you have a positive peer group to lean on. The work I have done with crew transitioning to shore life have reported that they have experienced bouts of depression and anxiety during their transition period. Make provisions to plan your exit strategy. Plan in advance, don’t leave it to last minute as it will only making the transition even more difficult. Don’t be spendthrift and perhaps invest in a financial planner so that you can profit financially from the time spent working aboard.

If you are curious to know more about a yachting strategy exit watch this video with ex bosun Anna.