Words and space

I have once briefly mentioned that I got finally approved for the Cabin Crew job. I feel like I haven’t really dedicated that big news enough words or space on my blog. So here it comes :  

words , words and happy words and more happy words and also happy space and happy face

No- seriously – I am very excited as you can imagine! All the obstacles have been overcome and I’ standing on the very last step of a long imaginary staircase ready to open the imaginary door and embark on what is probably going to be the biggest adventure of my life. There is no denying it now- I am actually going to Dubai in four weeks. There is no more ” I might not get thru” “I might not get the GC” “I might not pass my Medicals” there is just “I might have to start packing.”

This half a year has gone by so quick- from the first moment I thought of even applying for the job. It was on a crappy day last summer as I was feeling super sorry for myself because I haven’t seen sunshine for about three months running and had to keep on talking to people at work about their flying on holiday to or via Dubai that I suddenly decided I can’t live in England anymore. And out of a blue I thought – “I know what would be a great idea! To live in a desert ! There is always sun in a desert !”.  In the frenzy of imagining myself soaking up all the sun and feeling warm I applied for the first job that crossed my mind. Cabin Crew.

It wasn’t until I received the invitation for my AD (as an employee of the same airline I didn’t have to attend an OD) that I fully realised what I did. And what I was about to do. At this point I still haven’t told anyone. It was my little secret that I would think of when I felt down. A bit like ” You talk to me like I am a piece of s***t but I am going to be a Cabin Crew and flying places and stuff and you are not – hehehe I win” type of secret. It wasn’t the easiest news to break to people but I was surprised how supportive everyone around me was. I felt and am still feeling so loved! There truly is nothing better than supportive friends and family!

By this time I was back on good terms with England (could have possibly been caused by that one sunny week we had mid-August this year) and wasn’t even that fussed about going to Dubai anymore. I have already made my point to the UK. “You either get your act together about this weather thing or I go.” However I decided to still attend and see how far can I get with this whole thing. This mindset was probably what has made the difference at my AD (for more details on that click here). I wasn’t nervous at all, just really curious what’s this all about. And I got thru. Most of the girls there didn’t and they probably hate me now. Some of them looked like their lives depended on getting that job… well maybe they did.

After I got my Final Interview invitation I thought “Right, am I doing this or what? I better find out what’s going on.” And I started looking a bit deeper into the possibility of completely turning my life around. And that’s when I fell in love with the job. I started wanting it so badly. Who wouldn’t ? I got completely obsessed with forums such as CabinCrew and PPrune. Because I don’t know what the term “half measures” means.

My FI didn’t go as well as planned. For you all out there who think it’s just a chitchat about your past jobs- it is not. It’s pretty in depth examination of your customer service skills and demeanour. Watch out for any gaps in your CV- you are gonna have to explain them well! I made sure I had none but my FI  still took over an hour and afterwards I felt completely spent. I couldn’t talk for the rest of the day because my brain ran out of energy to produce anything more than “bzzzzzzzzzbzzzzzzzzzzz bzzzzzzzzbzzzzzz”. I gave it my all and felt it might have not been enough. And I don’t wish that feeling upon anyone.

And then the waiting started. And after that the Medicals. And after that… The Final Approval. And after that? Who knows … watch this space for more !

x

G.

From OD to FI and GC

One of the main reasons I started this blog is to help out all the other Cabin Crew hopefuls out there.

I know for one that prior to my AD (Assessment Day) and FI (Final Interview) I went crazy looking up all the possible questions and scenarios I could face. What I found was mostly the same old “Be yourself” rubbish.

My advise is “Do NOT be yourself” ! Be whatever The Airline wants you to be. Which is to be consistent with their brand. Classy, expensive looking, cosmopolitan. Or as they like to call it a “Globalista”.

Let’s take it from the top :

  • Outfit – dress with a KISS in mind ( Keep It Simple and SIMPLE!) . When I say simple I do mean SIMPLE! As clean cut as possible. A black pencil skirt, white fitted shirt, black court shoes. Couple of girls from “my” AD showed up in mini skirts or revealing vests (!). One girl was even wearing a pair of these bad boys:

Needless to say she didn’t make it thru. The recruitment officers don’t care if it’s Louboutin – it’s not coherent with The Airline and you are out.

  • Make-up – Remember you are there to get a job not to get laid. I suggest to look up the typical high flying girl. Flawless skin, black eyeliner and red lipstick. Again very simple.

Please I beg you – NO fake eyelashes and/or fake tan. Only 3 girls out of 15 made it to the final stage of our assessment. And the one thing that set us 3 (visually) apart from the rest was that we all looked very natural. Pretty but natural that’s what you are aiming for.

  • Appear to Appeal – I had one rule, that I think helped a hell of a lot throughout my AD and FI. I call it the “SSS rule” – Sit up Straight and Smile. Whatever happens.
  • Miss Perfect Stewardess – I have a one great friend to thank for this part (Thank you Babs, you are the best). She knows me well. She knows I talk to much, am very opinionated and laugh out loud. On the night before my AD she said to me: ” Do not do any of that!” She had a point. When you think about it- have you ever seen a stewardess arguing with a passenger over politics? Or rolling on the floor laughing?   Or talking over someone? No? Didn’t think so.

So leave Little Miss Bossy at home. Together with Miss Chatty, Miss Overly Friendly and Miss Mute. Bring Miss Perfect Stewardess with you. The one that smiles a lot, talks quietly only when she ‘s got something to say. Always asks for other people’s opinions. Leaves others to take charge but doesn’t let them walk over her. She is gonna get you the job. Don’t you just love her already?

  • Be a Star– You are gonna get asked questions. After all this is an interview. But not only that. You are also gonna be watched when on your breaks interacting with others. So research The Airline and their branding , look into their routes , history, management . I’m sure you did anyway when you applied for the job. And then shine, show off what you remember. Make sure one of the officers is around the turn to the person next to you and say ” Have you heard they are opening a new route to Phuket in Thailand? Wouldn’t be great to get it a your first supply flight?” or something along those lines. You get the gist.

That’s pretty much it. At least that’s what I did . And it seemed to have been enough.

Good luck to everyone, see in Dubai (or maybe even Phuket:)

G.

First Ramble – On The Waiting Game

“Patience is not passive waiting. Patience is active acceptance of the process required to attain your goals and dreams.”
― Ray Davis

Now I have never been what one would describe as a patient person. Unlike Mr. Davies I never found any form of waiting very active. I would always feel that waiting is an utter waste of everyone’s time – something that only lazy people use as an excuse not to get on with their lives. I suppose in my  dictionary “waiting for something” meant “avoiding to direct route”.

” See – I hate my job but I’m just waiting  for the right time to leave”

” I like working out/going to the gym but I’m waiting for this cold/strain/deadline to be over”

” I should tidy up really but I’m waiting for the mountain of dirty dishes to fall over first”

And so on.

Life has treated me well. Looking back I never really had to wait for anything. Up until now things have been happening rather quickly. And then The Airline came into my life.

Waiting to hear back after a job interview is bad enough. Now multiply it by 6 weeks (or in my case 8 weeks). Yes 6-8 weeks of freaking out over little things such as”Should I have gone for the shorter pencil skirt or was it a mistake?” “Should I have used the word “difficult” whilst describing an annoying customer or would “challenging” have been better?” “Did I smiled enough?”.  Plus obviously this is the kind of secret you won’t manage to keep forever and eventually you just HAVE to tell someone. That you applied for a Cabin Crew position and it’s all very exciting you know with moving to Dubai, seeing to world, free apartment, tax free salary and all that. Which helps for about 2 minutes. Then the questioning starts. “So when are you gonna hear back?” “Six what?!” “What can possible take so long?” “Surely you got it?” “Have you heard back yet” “Any news?” “So?” etc.

The more people you tell the more variations of the same question you get. Needless to say I told pretty much everyone. My life in the past weeks has become a constant dodging of The Question.

“SO?! Any NEWS?” (with a raised eyebrow and a meaningful look, because I told everyone not to mention it to anyone else)

“Uhmmm yeah- apparently Gary Barlow is not going to return to the X-Factor next year.”

Of course I decided never to tell anyone anything else about my life. Hence- ehm – the blog…

So there you have it. The perfect formula for Going Crazy Over Waiting. That is for an impatient and obsessive person like myself of course. Apparently there are others- people from a universe completely unknown to me called Patience- individuals who remain stoically calm and use to opportunity to reflect upon themselves.

For the first time of my life I was facing having to wait and not being able o do anything about it. Something I did not know how to do. And what’s the one thing you do when you don’t know how to do something? Yes- you Google it !!

So I Googled . I Googled about waiting, killing time, learning to be patient, Googled everything there was to be Googled about Dubai and Cabin Crew life style up to date. And then I Googled some more.

And that’s when I came across the quote that starts this blog. And suddenly it made sense to me.  Like everything else in life – even waiting is what you make it.

I made this :

This my dear readers is a Vision Board. It’s me in Dubai earning loads of money, travelling the world as a flight attendant and -yeah- having a perfect bikini body …

And funnily enough- in what seemed to be no time at all my Vision Board has become a Near Future Board. Because even the most boring game ever invented -the waiting game- has to end eventually. In my case two days ago at 7.00 am receiving a +971 phone call.

“We would like to offer you the position…”

“Awesome – I take it. When can I start”

“Well- we will have to get back to you on that one. See- our joining team needs to speak to your line manager first to see blah blah blah. YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO HEAR BACK FROM US.”

So here I am playing again. Sorry I meant to say waiting. Googling and making some more vision boards on what happens in Dubai and beyond. Also going to the gym. ‘Coz that bikini body is probably not gonna happen on its own.

So long peeps

G.