Life is about the choices we make, because opportunities will always be plenty, or we can create them, but it is our choice to make the change or not, to experiment or not, to fly or not.
I met so many people who told me they are scared of flying (or that’s what they think, because most of them never flew before) or that they have fear of heights. I can tell them that most of my colleagues have these fears, and it didn’t prevent them of working as Cabin Crew. To some, money determined them to overcome their fear, others only wish to travel the world, to see more and more, and what better way to do that then when you are young and financially limited?
Before this experience, I couldn’t imagine that I will manage to see all the places I only saw on TV, to live a little bit in the most unique corners of the world, that I would be able to live in a country with a different climate, another culture, another religion, and even more, I didn’t know I would accommodate. But one of our qualities as humans is that we adapt easily. I left home for United Arab Emirates to work as a Flight Attendant and in my mind I said I will only work for 2 years. 2 years that became 5. And they were the most fulfilling 5 years of my life where I experimented so many things and places that most of us don’t have the chance to see.
I can’t say that it is easy to live so far from home, to move to another country, with many unknown things (back then in 2008), but I can tell you that you will live wonderful experiences, you will meet people from all over the world, make new friends and gather so many memories, because this is about in life. Sometime I could only dream about these things, now I remember them with a big smile on my face. Die with memories, not dreams!
Before becoming a Flight Attendant, I flew 2 times on airplane, once with Carpatair and another time with Blue Air, and I wanted to do this more often, as a child that experiments something and wants to do it over and over again.
But, in contrast with a child, that gets bored easily by repeating the same game, I can say that I felt the same emotions each time the airplane took-off. And it’s not only about take-off, it’s the flight among the clouds. In my 5 years as Cabin Crew, I had the opportunity to admire so many “paintings” out there that nature offers us every day.
And we have the landing. The landing emotion can’t be compared with anything because you have so many mixed emotions: the emotion of touching the land again, emotion of a new successful landing, the emotion of arriving in a place that you wanted to visit or just arriving home after a long day. Everything in aviation is about emotions and memories.
That’s why it is said that this job gets in your veins, because, even if at some point everything you do it’s a routine, the job of Cabin Crew is a routine full of emotions and adventures, it is a lifestyle.
When did you first know that you want to be a cabin crew?
Since I was born, I was interested in aviation. My mother told me that whenever I use to see an aircraft, I use to call it ‘My Plane’. However, during my high-school, I always wanted to do something to get into the aircraft business and honestly, to see the world. I think the best idea was either as a pilot or being a cabin crew . When I started looking up aviation jobs, some of my friends and family discouraged me into becoming a pilot. They thought so many people have this job and they can not find a job for themselves. So, I started thinking about other ways of travelling around the world and that was the time I thought of becoming cabin crew.
How would you describe yourself before getting into aviation?
It might shock you that I was a very shy person before getting into the airline business. I didn’t talked to strangers and it was very difficult for me to trust other persons. I was mostly quiet and mostly misunderstood due to my quiet behavior in new places. I was so quiet that when I joined the airline business, many people use to think that I don’t like to work with them due to my behavior. But in time I managed to overcome my emotions, and to be more openly and friendly.
For how many airlines did you work and for how long?
I have worked only for Qatar Airways for 14 years, because I was born in Doha and I never wanted to leave the place.
Which was the highest position that you had in the airline?
I had reached the position of CSD and the reason I never applied for a higher one (for an office job) was because I didn’t wanted to quit flying.
Did your private life have to suffer because of traveling so much?
Not really. The reason is that when you enjoy doing something, it will not affect your life or in other word you don’t have to suffer due to the things you are enjoying. No matter what kind of job you have, there are always cons and pros to it. We should remember that a good life is not about WHAT you are doing, it is always about HOW you are doing it. No matter which profession you are working in, if you are not satisfied or you do not enjoy doing it, you are going to suffer not only professionally, but also personally. As I was enjoying flying and always having new people around me, my private life was never affected by my work.
Were you sad when you had to stop flying?
Yes, it was a big change. For me, I think flying gets in your blood; once you get used to it, you have to really prepare yourself psychologically to quit.
Do you still keep in touch with your friends that you made around the world?
Always! The best thing that happened to me while flying was meeting new people around the world, working with them, travelling with them, getting to know about their cultures, religions etc. It gives you the feeling that you can just meet anyone and you know what they are expecting from you.
What are you doing at the moment?
After quitting I finished my studies and right now I have my own business.
Can you describe in details a happy/unhappy situation that took place in your flight?
As I spend 11 years of flying in supervisor position, most of the times I have tried my best to make every flight a ‘Happy flight’ and I hope I succeeded. I think the most uncomfortable situations for me where when I had to report someone for not being up to the standards of the company. Luckily for me, I never experienced a fight with passengers or had to intervene in disagreement between cabin crew and passengers. The reason is that our crew was trained to follow the standards of the company strictly, and they always tried to make the flight as pleasant as possible.
English for Cabin Crew is a very dearly course because each time our students are coming with a big baggage of emotions, unconfident in their public speaking abilities followed by a lack of fluency in English.After 3 days and almost 30 hours spent together, the magic happens: our students strip their emotions and fears, are more openly and the result amazes me every time. I discover confident people, prepared to face the tasks from an interview with an enormous smile.
A part of our English for Cabin Crew students, from May 2016, wrote about their experience at our course and we are sharing it with you.
“It is my first course at which I felt I can be myself, that my dreams will become real. It was a course I will always remember, because I learned to excel and to have more confidence in myself.
I learned so many things for a career in aviation, and the atmosphere was incredible.
I will come back with pleasure and interest at the same time, at another course because I felt it was very useful.
Thank you for having the patience needed in order to make me understand the vast information about this job”
I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet you and to learn so many useful things from you. When I came here, in the first day, I admit I was a bit tense, thinking the others will make fun of me for the way I speak in public, in English. Due to you now I can say that I succeeded in overcoming my fear of speaking in public, thanks to your interactive games that you coordinated.
I had the chance to use the knowledge that I already had and I managed to learn more and more as the hours passed. You are close to my heart, thank you!
Lavinia S. “
“I came back with pleasure to participate at my second course with you and I encountered the same familiar and warming atmosphere. I found out new things, I remembered what I forgot, and now, at the end, I feel the same feeling of “I wish it won’t be over”.
I gained new friendships, which with certainty will continue outside the course and I hope we will hear again soon with good news about a certain “Golden Call”.
Thank you for all.”
“English for cabin crew was over my expectations. I thought I will learn basic informations about the big airline companies and the aviation vocabulary, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had to face clear, concise situations.
In the first day I barely said 3 lines about me, and half wrong, and when I arrived home, I opened my notebook and I started to do my “homework”, self presentation…I wrote a half of a page. I loved it so much and I consider that after these 3 intense days I remained with a big baggage of information. Many appreciations to our trainer and I will love to come back after a few months, to surprise you in the middle of a course and to tell you how I got my wings.
Thank you so much girls, wish you great success in the future! “
“English for Cabin Crew course is one of the most amazing experienced I lived. It gave me the opportunity to develop myself, I gained new friends, made me excited and happy that I managed to take part of it.
The knowledge achieved along this course were very useful and interesting, I left these course with much confidence in myself and I think I will succeed in having a beautiful career among the clouds, and all thanks to you! “
“Today, 22.05.2016, the last day a How to be Cabin Crew, I realized that my participation at the English for Cabin Crew course was an excellent idea.
I always had financial and moral support from my mom, but this one was the only thing I chose to do without her “approval”. She helps me financially, but doesn’t want to accept that my life will be in danger flying so much.
At How to be Cabin Crew I felt like in a family. Every day I learned new things.
I considered myself hopeless. With your help and support, I can now say I leave from here happy, impatient and ready for a cabin crew interview.
Ps: #youaretrulyofferingwings “