An Interview with Karine Rayson

I entered the industry with the intention to travel and have a break from my land-based teaching position. 

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By KARINE RAYSON

How long did you plan your move ashore?

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. My yachting career taught me that I wanted to pursue further studies in human behaviour and help others lead a more fulfilling life. However, through recently doing The Crew Coach vlog interviews, it has become even more apparent that crew members who do not think through their exit strategy face 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 my yachting career. If I had chosen to work longer in the industry, I would have certainly engaged with a financial advisor.

What were the tough decisions?

I think the most challenging decision is deciding on a new career path. I have been fortunate 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 easy 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 highly regarded by corporate recruitment companies when looking for a role in psychology. Like all professions, it is essential that you continue to update and further develop your skillset frequently.

I craved intellectual stimulation when I was crew to feed my 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 also to 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 access the development that they so duly deserve.

What was unexpected in the process?

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

Interview with Karine Rayson

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 smooth transition. Please 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 for planning your exit strategy – plan in advance. Please don’t leave it to the last minute, as it will make 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 onboard.

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