Issue 21
Monday, 21 November 2016
Charles Darwin University
Kerry Shervey draws on her adventures with Disney to deliver training in the Red Centre
Kerry Shervey draws on her adventures with Disney to deliver training in the Red Centre

Outback trainer learnt life skills on Disney ship

By Patrick Nelson

A Charles Darwin University lecturer says that a year at sea on a Disney cruise ship was an unlikely but invaluable environment for learning many of life’s important lessons.

Vocational Education and Training lecturer Kerry Shervey said she learnt a lot about communicating and relating to people in the intense multi-cultural and multi-lingual setting.

“With 950 cast and crew and about 2400 passengers every week from all around the world you had to be able to work with diversity,” Ms Shervey said.

“I learnt a lot about non-verbal communication that year. They were valuable skills that I use to this day in my role as a lecturer with the university.”

Ms Shervey delivers the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Certificates III and IV in Work Health Safety in Alice Springs, Yulara and to students from Tennant Creek and the Barkly. 

“The world of blue skies and red sand dunes in Central Australia could hardly be more different to life on a luxury ship, but one is as much fun as the other.”

Ms Shervey was a merchandise hostess in 2004 on the Disney Magic, an 84,000-tonne “floating city” that specialised in week-long family voyages around the Caribbean islands.

With a background in business and retail management, Ms Shervey eventually returned to Australia where she bought a farm, became a driver of one of the world’s biggest dump trucks (in a coal mine), completed a hairdressing apprenticeship and set out on a road trip that brought her to the Red Centre.

“All experiences can enhance the next if you take the time to learn the lessons,” Ms Shervey said.