The Ship's Photographer Career Development FAQ

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The Ship's Photographer has a career opportunities rating of 3.9.

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4 English questions out of 4

4 May 2020

How are the career development opportunities at The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

Supportive team and great opportunities to develop portrait skills, especially with flash and studio equipment. While some of the work is slightly formulaic to meet guests expectations, you are encouraged to be as creative as you can in private shoots. Also, most days in port can be spent onshore which is a massive bonus.

Cons

The schedule doesn't allow for full days off but this doesn't really matter when you can spend most of so many days exploring new places. There is a lot of emphasis on selling and targets which I wasn't really prepared for (but in the tourist industry I'm not sure what I expected)

Advice to Management

Process leading up to joining felt disorganized and unclear. When taking a job with TSP feels like such a big step with lots to arrange and pay for to travel, it would be great if this was more clear. That said, the regular updates during the Covid-19 crisis have been really reassuring and helpful and now I've been onboard I feel much more confident in the office team.

Supportive team and great opportunities to develop portrait skills, especially with flash and studio equipment.

4 May 2020

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26 September 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

This job is perfect for me, I started straight from university and have been able to advance my knowledge in both photography, customer service and business all whilst travelling the world. The ships photographer have an informal and relaxed leadership style which makes any employee feel incredibly 'at home' with them. As a small company, everything they do is personable. They look after their employes and provide consistent (24/7) contact and support when required. They have taught me an incredible amount about leadership and it truly is a company that lead by example. They are a pleasure to work for and I hope to have many more happy years there.

Cons

As concessionaires, unfortunately the cruise line (cunard) can often overlook you. Some of their managment staff are under qualified in with their leadership skills. However, TSP have your back 100% and are a perfect example of a well lead organisation who encourage their on board teams and provide all the necessary support. The job is hard work as you would expect however it becomes a way of life and its genuinely inspiring to be surrounded by so many like minded, hard working people from all over the world. The pay may seem minimal, however there is plenty of opportunity to earn extra through their commission scheme, if you work hard it will be rewarded!

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing!

The pay may seem minimal, however there is plenty of opportunity to earn extra through their commission scheme, if you work hard it will be rewarded!

26 September 2019

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24 April 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

If you are looking for an opportunity to explore the world whilst enhancing you’re photography skills, then working for TSP is definitely a great option to go for. TSP is a way for you to experience and enhance your studio, event, and wedding photography. It gives you the chance to showcase your personal creativity around the ship by capturing guests at there best, either on a formal night or privately. Private shoots, also known as Spotlight, are a great way of gaining commission and guest relations. It will also enable you to expand your portfolio and gain a unique skill set within sales. Working on a cruise ship also opens up another training ground of safety and well-being. The ships company will train you in a variety of different topics, from crowd management in an emergency, to chemical training in the workplace. The teams and people you meet along the way are a great way for networking and connecting with people from all walks of life. TSP creates long lasting friendships that soon transform your workplace into a second home. From someone who was looking for a gap year getaway, to finding a dream career, I can honestly say that this experience has taught me so much about myself and has given me so much more insight into what I can do and achieve. Plus, you get to travel the world in style. In summary, this type of work may not suit everyone’s taste but I would recommend trying something new and exciting, to add to your original photography skill set.

Cons

This type of work may not suit everyone’s taste. Being a ships photographer means that you have to be flexible to change. It is a fast-paced environment with sometimes-irregular working hours. Although we have multiple breaks during the day, the work we do revolves around a continuous cycle or routine. Instead of weekends off or public holidays, we work on a clock-in- clock-out system but are granted most port time off. Ship life requires you to work for long periods of time away from your family and friends back on land, with contracts up to 6 months. However, the ship has various Internet packages that allow us access for staying in touch. You are required to be able to deal with all types of people, as you are surrounded by ever changing cliental, as well as dealing with members of your team who you share living quarters with everyday. Introverts may struggle initially in these types of environment but with the support network that your team hopefully provides you with, you will flourish under any circumstance and environment.

Advice to Management

Written by Michelle Laver

management in an emergency, to chemical training in the workplace.

24 April 2020

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24 April 2020

Are transfers to other offices possible with The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

If you are looking for an opportunity to explore the world whilst enhancing you’re photography skills, then working for TSP is definitely a great option to go for. TSP is a way for you to experience and enhance your studio, event, and wedding photography. It gives you the chance to showcase your personal creativity around the ship by capturing guests at there best, either on a formal night or privately. Private shoots, also known as Spotlight, are a great way of gaining commission and guest relations. It will also enable you to expand your portfolio and gain a unique skill set within sales. Working on a cruise ship also opens up another training ground of safety and well-being. The ships company will train you in a variety of different topics, from crowd management in an emergency, to chemical training in the workplace. The teams and people you meet along the way are a great way for networking and connecting with people from all walks of life. TSP creates long lasting friendships that soon transform your workplace into a second home. From someone who was looking for a gap year getaway, to finding a dream career, I can honestly say that this experience has taught me so much about myself and has given me so much more insight into what I can do and achieve. Plus, you get to travel the world in style. In summary, this type of work may not suit everyone’s taste but I would recommend trying something new and exciting, to add to your original photography skill set.

Cons

This type of work may not suit everyone’s taste. Being a ships photographer means that you have to be flexible to change. It is a fast-paced environment with sometimes-irregular working hours. Although we have multiple breaks during the day, the work we do revolves around a continuous cycle or routine. Instead of weekends off or public holidays, we work on a clock-in- clock-out system but are granted most port time off. Ship life requires you to work for long periods of time away from your family and friends back on land, with contracts up to 6 months. However, the ship has various Internet packages that allow us access for staying in touch. You are required to be able to deal with all types of people, as you are surrounded by ever changing cliental, as well as dealing with members of your team who you share living quarters with everyday. Introverts may struggle initially in these types of environment but with the support network that your team hopefully provides you with, you will flourish under any circumstance and environment.

Advice to Management

Written by Michelle Laver

If you are looking for an opportunity to explore the world whilst enhancing

24 April 2020

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