For the next few weeks I will be starting a new series called Mako Sessions which will let you take a peek into the lives of other Trinidadians who are off gallivanting abroad.
Every month I get emails from hot foot Trinis who want to go overseas to work and travel, but they don’t know how to do so. I have a section on this blog called ‘Want to Go Abroad?’ with a list of recommendations, one of which was to work on a cruise line. So I am starting the first Mako Session by interviewing Megan, who is exploring the world by working on the water.
My name is Megan and I’m from Diego Martin. I started my career as an Audio Technician with Disney Cruise Line in April of 2015 so by now that’s a little over two years.
There are soooo many amazing things about working on the ship and uniquely Disney Cruise Line but here are two:
- meeting people, networking and making friends from all over the world: I have a place to stay virtually anywhere I can think of because of my connections.
- traveling: my main reason for coming to cruise line.
Disney Cruise has a lot of destinations, but I really enjoyed the Mediterranean. Barcelona, Italy and Monaco contain so much history and amazing architecture. Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful… I can’t choose! I’ll be going to Northern Europe and the U.K. soon so I don’t want to speak too soon either because there is so much more to see!
Two things come to mind when I think of the hardest things about living on board. The first is feeling home sick – I’m away from home for about five months at a time and sometimes it’s difficult to video chat my family/maintain relationships. Whatsapp chat is my friend! And the second challenge is that I work EVERY DAY, no weekends, no days off. That can get a bit mentally and physically taxing at times.
How long I want to do this “ship life” changes as my life moves forward. Lately I’ve been wanting to go back to school to pursue my Masters. I can see that happening within the next two years (but hopefully closer to one).
I found my job by searching online without a specific cruise line in mind. There are many forums and websites out there.
For Disney, the Disney Cruise Line Jobs website is quite straight forward and easy to navigate for anyone who wants to check it out. But there are many others you can apply for as well.
If you really want to travel, if you see places in movies or magazines and truly want to go, please go. You can do it. My thing was that I didn’t know how I was going to afford to travel and see the world. So I looked for a job that would allow me to do so!
It IS possible. You just have to start looking, you just have to try applying. So polish up your resume and go for it!