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Glenn B
Forces: Royal Navy

Glenn B - MEM

"I'm grateful for CTP introducing me to YPI Crew. Now I work in the Super Yachts industry as an Engineer and I am loving life."

Glenn Beer, a former MEM with the Royal Navy, Served 4 1/2 years’ before leaving in 2006 to embark on a land-based career, and subsequently joined the Super Yacht Industry in 2010 where he has since acquired Chief Engineer licences. Glenn is now serving as 2nd engineer on MY PARAFFIN a 60 meter private Super Yacht and was previously 3rd engineer on MY C2, a 78 meter private Super Yacht for 3 years with a worldwide itinerary.

What were your main reasons for leaving the Service?

I left the Service to move into a new career away from military life for long-term plans. I was unaware of the yachting industry when I left in 2006 so took a position as a Power Plant Operator. I then joined the Super Yacht Industry in 2010 and have never looked back!

What attracted you to a career in the Super Yacht Industry?

The life experiences to be gained in such a diverse industry, the chance to save money and invest in my future, travel the world to amazing places and meeting new people from all nationalities of the world.

What transferable skills did you have from the Royal Navy?

Exemption from completing AEC (entry level qualification needed for Super Yachts), exemption from STCW95 basic training, years of sea-time from the Navy shortened the sea-time requirements to complete my Yacht Chief Engineer licence at an earlier stage.

How did you get your job and what was the interview/selection process like?

I got my first and second job through YPI Crew, Yacht Crew Agency. They have been very helpful, helping me through the process from day 1 making the switch to Yachts. I wouldn’t be where I am today without YPI Crew. I am very grateful for how they have helped me.

What was the biggest thing you’ve learned from leaving the Royal Navy and now working on board Super Yachts?

I feel that I wasn't suited to being in the Royal Navy long-term. Working on-board Super Yachts however, suits me very well. It was the best move I made!

What advice would you give to other Service leavers who are considering a long-term career in the Super Yacht Industry?

Depending on your life goals and what you want from life, working on Super Yachts is a great career with so many benefits. It’s a big decision because working on Yachts becomes a lifestyle; it’s not just a job. You’ve got to be willing to be away from home and family for a long time but it’s a fantastic industry.

What are the best things about being a Super Yacht Engineer/working on-board Super Yachts?

Travelling to top destinations around the world and getting paid for it! Good salaries, being well looked after, free food (catered for by top chefs), life experiences, people you meet, new friends, the thought of having the chance to set myself up well for the future.

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