Working with the Cruise Line International Association for many years as a senior level financial executive, Shenae Outerbridge has learned a lot about the many different careers the cruise line industry has to offer.
When most people think about working for a cruise line they tend to think of the entertainment and bar staff, however there are so many more opportunities out there to be part of a great and growing industry! Not only are there options below deck, as part of the crew or even the waiting staff, there are also jobs on shore that include bookings, trip planning, marketing, finance, management, public relations, and so much more.
Along with her own career, Shenae Outerbridge has always been fascinated by the diverse range of career opportunities found within cruise lines. Below, Shenae highlights some of the great jobs and careers available in the cruise line industry.
Medical Officers – Interested in the medical field and have a strong passion for adventure and exploration or simply looking for some new scenery? There is always a need for doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and other experts on board a ship. Ensuring the safety of others on their vacation can be a fun and rewarding experience. Out on the open sea, you never know quite what to expect.
Photographer & Videographer – When you go on a cruise there’s always someone snapping away getting nice pictures. A professional photographer is able to get a really nice memory for those on board and it’ll be an excellent way to broaden your horizons. With brilliant lighting, eager participants and an incredible setting, working on board a cruise line is a photographers dream come true.
Information Technology – Have you been stuck working a 9-5 office job for way too long but aren’t sure how best to break out of the routine? The good news is that IT experts are always needed on cruise ships. With a variety of jobs needing to be filled including public facing and more back of house tasks, there is a niche for everyone that wants to push themselves and not be confined to an office desk 5 days a week.
So the next time you think about looking for a new job why don’t you check out what transferable skills you have for working on a cruise line. You’d be surprised by just how qualified for the job you are and even more surprised by how much you’ll enjoy working with a tight knit group of people day in, day out. Shenae Outerbridge has found working with the Cruise Line International Association to be a wonderful opportunity full of life changing experiences.