Charter Vessel Operator - Andrew
What is a "Charter Vessel Operator"? Well, I own, with my partner, a rigid inflatable boat and we take people out on Sydney Harbour for rides.
My company is called Ocean Extreme. I am
involved in everything with my business as we are quite a small company. My job is very
I never imagined that owning your own
business would take so much work. There is no such thing as a forty hour week when you are
self employed! There seems to be no point in counting hours as you would do if you were
employed by someone else. You reap what you sow!! The rewards are all worth it.
My family had a house on the water in the country in which I grew up in. Many of my childhood activities were water based. I followed in my father's footsteps only in the area of both wanting to create something for ourselves and our families. There was no moment of truth, only a series of events that have led me to where I am today.
I can't think of any opportunities except the ones that I've created for myself. Likewise with "lucky breaks", I'm not a great believer in luck. It is blamed for too many things both good and bad. I opened my own doors!!
The timing was definitely right for my career choice. I looked at many business opportunities before I chose this one. A particular government body helped me maximise opportunities.
My classroom lessons did not really contribute to my work related skills. However many of the lessons I learnt whilst at school and during my schooling years did.
There was no teacher that comes to mind that was helpful in any of my life decisions. I was quite good at math subjects. All my teachers would be surprised at my career. My maths skills have helped me immensely.
My training was received through my hobbies and on the job. I had to eliminate the choices that I tried and disliked. Training for my career is nothing like any subject learned at school. It comes from my need to do something with my life that I enjoy.
We found an activity that had a niche market and was previously untapped. Yes, I prepare for retirement.
There is no such thing as a typical day really. My work includes other people - it relies on them.
The outcome of my work is very obvious to other as we have received much attention in the media. People seem to be very interested in my career as a Charter Vessel Operator in Sydney Harbour
My business partner and I are developing as we go along. I am my own employer. I am developing and learning every single day. I have to develop and learn or my business will stagnant.
We become more productive with everything that we learn. Professional development is necessary to the success of my business.