This Christmas, we’re sharing good thoughts to all corners of the world!

What does a Cabin Crew feel when flying? Freedom, happiness, friendship, gratitude? Once you have stepped on board in an impeccable uniform means you have fallen in love. The best part is that aviation will never leave you and will always by your side.

Now comes a harder question. What does a Cabin Crew feel when flying on Christmas day? A huge emptiness in the soul caused by the absence of family and friends. No matter how amazing the big cities are, home is the place where your thoughts fly most often, especially when December is coming, you appreciate more and more what you had back home.

In Dubai, Doha, London or Paris, children do not go from door to door to sing carols. You hear Christmas songs only on shopping malls in other languages that you mother tongue. Your grandma is not baking sweets, your father is not preparing mouth-watering meat and the mulled wine doesn’t have the same taste. Actually, all of these are happening, but really far far away. Of course, among Cabin Crew are those lucky flight attendants who have free days during Christmas Holidays and get to feel these in person. Even though we’re far, we respect our countries’ traditions with joy in our soul.

Christmas onboard is amazing! Passengers become your second home. They need all your warmth and you, as a Cabin Crew, have to offer everything in the right way. Often onboard you’ll hear Christmas Carols, you’ll dring hot cinnamon tea and the most inventive ones bring with them Santa hats, gingerbread and chocolate.

Let’s just look at the bright side: onboard you can celebrate New Year’s Day each time you are above a country in which the time zone shows 00:00. The longer the destination is, the more wishes you can make, be closer to fireworks and also offer passengers lots of champagne glasses.

On one hand, as cabin crew you make lots of sacrifices, but on the other hand, you gain new experiences which you’ll remember years after years and will make you feel proud. You build lots of friendships, you share common ideas, you laugh at the same jokes with your colleagues,  these are small things that make a flight attendant’s life rich. The most important thing learnt as a cabin crew is that time is not measured in hours, but memories. When you come back home after your aviation career ended, you realize distance hasn’t changed your relationships from home. Grandma’s still baking sweets, you still decorate the Christmas tree along with your family.

Give the others what you have in your soul is one of the virtues that make people superheroes. Aviation is the place where you feel these things. You cand easily call it “home” and keep it in your soul for the rest of your life. When you’ll want to rewind time, you’ll have your memories right there, waiting for you.

Place your wish under the tree and if it’s strong enough, it will catch wings sooner than you think.

How to be Cabin Crew team wishes you Happy Holidays wherever you are! Fully enjoy every moment because each individual’s happiness only depends on themselves!

*All the pictures in this article are of our students’ who now follow their dreams in the clouds.

30 years among the clouds: meet Rucsandra, a devoted flight attendant and an amazing trainer

I met Rucsandra in the summer of 2016, through a mutual friend. I admit, when I heard how many years she has flying, I had a shock. Rucsandra entered the world of aviation in 1988 and from that point her life was among the clouds for almost 30 years.

Rucsandra Magdalena Mihai was a Flight Attendant for Tarom, Cabin Manager with a significant experience in this domain (she reached 20.000 hours of flying), but also an inflight auditor and certified trainer. She considers that aviation is about people, trust, knowledge and responsibilities, about honesty, passion, professionalism and competence. Every time she speaks about her work, her face lights up and her eyes are sparkling. Because she loves what she’s doing and she dedicated her best years to aviation. The world among the clouds had brought her many challenges, but also at the same time the opportunity to learn new things every day and to do her job with passion, love and why not, courage.

Since October 2016, Rucsandra is part of our How to be Cabin Crew team and she takes care of the Cabin Crew preparation for our general Cabin Crew course and our private aviation course “Corporate Cabin Crew Training- Silver Service & Etiquette”– a new concept of training in our How to be Cabin Crew courses portfolio, dedicated to people who want to take part of the glamorous life of private aviation.

Tell us about your beginnings as a Flight Attendant. How it was to fly at the end of the 80’?

I started to dream about aviation from 1986, at the end of high-school. Back then, aviation was a very exclusivist world. Tarom was the only airline company in Romania and the biggest one from the South East Europe. It had a fleet of 80 airplanes, most of them Russian, AN-24, IL-18, TU-154, IL-62, but also some of them from the western part, B-707 and BAC 1-11.

Aviation in the 8s0’ in Romania was very well developed. Tarom was a very vivid company, who managed, from the first years to connect Bucharest with some of the most important European capitals, but also to develop routes to west-European destination and also to USA.

What determined you to choose a career among the clouds?

I was fascinated by airplanes and travelling since I was a little girl. I remember that I wanted to see the pyramids more than anything. I took my exams, studying a lot about geography, and then I saw an announcement for the Cabin Crew position at Tarom. My chance to fulfill my dream of flying, to meet new people, to discover different cultures was starting to take shape.

How long it took for you to become a Flight Attendant?

I had the luck to be among the 52 selected persons out of 2500, from a very rigorous competition, that was spread over the entire year. I started courses at Civil Aviation  School in October 1987 and I graduated one year later, when Tarom hired us, but I managed to start flying only in May 1989.

During my schooling, I followed complex courses, from knowing the airplane, meteorology, 2 foreign languages, geography, aeronautic medicine, service on board course, I passed through all the companies services, from issuing tickets, handling, to catering. It was an extraordinary period that taught me so many things. I had amazing professors, extremely dedicated and who were truly mentors.

Where was your first flight as Cabin Crew? How was the flight?

My first course was Baneasa-Tulcea-Constanta, with AN-24 airplane. It was a dream come true, I didn’t know what to do first, to enjoy the flight or to get used to the airplane. I felt very comfortable from the very first minute, and I knew I would have a very special relationship with aviation. In 1989, the junior employees were doing only intern routes. Immediately after December 89’s revolution, I started external routes, my first flight being Otopeni- Berlin- Copenhaga, with BAC 1-11 airplane.

What meant for you to fly along with state presidents of Romania and other countries?

I had the chance and privilege to be alongside state presidents of Romania and other countries, but this meant a special training, totally different, but extremely challenging, a very high level of knowledge, and an outstanding professionalism.

I know you have so many unforgettable flights until now. Tell me about a flight you won’t ever forget.

Each flight is different from another, every day you meet new people, stumble upon different things, try to solve different situations. But there are always flights that will be always in your memory, as it was for me the one from 2002, with President Iliescu, in which I worked for 11 days, in 7 countries. I left from Bucharest to UAE, Abu-Dhabi and Dubai, then Japan, Tokyo and Nagoya, then Vietnam, Saigon and Hanoi, then Philippines at Manila then Singapore, and back to Bucharest via Dubai. It was one of the most beautiful flights from my career, both through destinations, but also the multitude of feelings, places, people and events. I met so many special humans, with whom I am now still friends, I visited some unique places, of a stunning beauty and I remained with unforgettable memories.

You worked for the commercial line, but also for the private aviation. What are the differences? What new experience you accumulated working in private aviation?

The commercial line is extremely complex. But I think that the private aviation is more difficult, more challenging and full of satisfactions. Through the nature of qualities you need to possess and especially the fact that flexibility is the most important. In private aviation you develop your creativity, integrity, confidentiality , professionalism, personal abilities, analytic thinking. At the same time, you must split your time very well, to adapt to the requirements of the position you have, to improve you level of knowledge, to have patience, initiative, to be diplomatic, intuitive.

Tell us a funny story on one of your flights

I was on a flight to Istanbul, a short one, only one hour. The airplane was full, we were in the process of preparing the cabin for landing. One of my colleagues was collecting the remained glasses form the passengers table, on a tray. At one moment, the tray was full, so he advised a passenger, who was trying to put his glass on the tray, to put it in the pocket. Obviously, he meant the chair’s pocket. But the passenger didn’t understand this, and he put the glass in his jacket pocket, to my colleague amusement.

What meant for you to spend almost 30 years among the clouds? How changed you the aviation world?

I gave almost 30 years of my life to aviation, beautiful years, but not so easy. I grew up in a special world, different, challenging, and tempting at the same time, but extremely demanding. I learned new things every day. I learned to be tolerant, empathetic, to understand the non-verbal language and the passenger’s psychology. I learned to think analytically and to make quick decisions, to face critical situations, to have self-control at any moment. I learned that a smile will break all the barriers of communication and that the time spent in the air passes more rapidly, and working in a team will develop multiple abilities. I learned that having a family is not easy when you have this kind of job that you have to give up on many things, to make sacrifices, but in the same time you enjoy at maximum level the free time that you have. More important, to have with you people that will understand your strange work schedule, to understand that you may work on holidays, to be there for you unconditionally.

What do you love to do when you are not flying?

I spent so many years travelling and I have a hobby, photography. The clouds are still fascinating me, even after all these years – my daily office view.

How is it for you to go from Cabin Crew to a position of a teacher and what do you think are the challenges of an aviation trainer?

Accumulating so much experience, I thought that I could give to others the secrets of this special job. I became in 2008 a certified trainer and I didn’t hesitate to put my knowledge and passion in the job of those who want to succeed in this world. I developed qualities that helped me guide them, motivate them and teach others to love aviation, to find satisfaction in this job and especially to not regret a minute the choice they make. For me, passing from Cabin Crew to Trainer was the result of my work of 30 years in aviation combined with passion and motivation. The satisfaction is higher when I see so many people that want to embrace the life among the clouds. It is what I wanted to do, in a domain truly special.

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Roles and responsibilities of a Cabin Crew

The most important responsibility of a flight attendant is to make sure her passengers are safe, then to assure they are feeling comfortable. Because Cabin Crew are considered the ambassadors of their airline companies, it is expected from them to have impeccable service and to have a friendly attitude, slightly approachable, natural enthusiasm and an immaculate image.

A flight attendant has multiple roles she/he has to fulfill during their flight, and the most known ones are:

Air hostess

Each cabin crew involves directly into the process of meeting and boarding the passengers, as well as taking them to their places at First Class or Business Class, and also in disembarking them.

Nanny

Flight attendants take care of unaccompanied minors. The Etihad Airways company has a special training called Flying Nanny, and for the most important flights they are allocating a flight attendant who takes care and plays with the children in the plane.

Nurse

Each cabin crew has the role of a nurse which offers first aid to passengers in case of any medical problem.

Waitress

Besides serving food and beverage, Cabin Crew are also serving goods from duty-free having, therefore, the role of a sales agent.

Secretary

The flight attendant must write the written documentation with the details about all the incidents happened during the flight and more others like: papers for catering, duty free service, passengers feedback, usage of medical tools, if there were any delays and what was the cause of it.

The person who makes sure the passengers are travelling safely

The cabin crew can encounter situations like fire in the cabin, force landing, deviation from the initial itinerary, terrorist attacks and situations which need their unconditionally first aid support. In these cases, they must be sure that the passengers are following the rules strictly or the procedures imposed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority.

After you have been recruited as Cabin Crew, you will have to go through a training period between 6 – 8  weeks in which you will learn: Safety Measures and Urgent Procedures, Measure and Procedures of Security, First Aid and Human Resource Management.

After you graduate your training, you will be in probation for approximately 6 months, time in which your performance will be evaluated periodically by the line manager and other superiors, but also by trainers. Every 12 months the flight attendant will have a reexamination of their knowledge in order to renew their flight license.

Therefore, Cabin Crew can face multiple situations, not at all normal, for which is mandatory to have some qualities like diplomacy, team spirit, initiative, power of adaptation and organization.

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“Always have a big smile on your face!” – Our former student who is now Cabin Crew in the Middle East

Every time I have the opportunity to write about the story of one of our How to be Cabin Crew students that fulfilled his/her dream of flying, I realize how many beautiful things I can learn from each of them. Every student is a new lesson for us, because his/her unique story, his/her way of seeing life is different, and the way they succeeded shows us that nothing is impossible if you work for it.

Meet Alexandra, who now flies for one of the most important companies in the Middle East. She went to the airline interview on 21 august 2016, and 4 months later packed her bags and left Romania for Middle East. She was reserved at first, without so much confidence in herself, but she knew that everything we want can become real.  And so it is that at the end of 2016 her dream has become real.

*Alexandra followed our How to be Cabin Crew course in the period 9 – 12 June 2016 in Bucharest.

When was your first thought about becoming a Cabin Crew and what motivated you to choose this career?

During the two decades of my life I tried to explore more and more things in order to find out what will make me smile the most, I experienced from makeup to acting. But in my first year of university, I realized how perfect my life could be if I were a flight attendant. Back then, I thought that in order to have this career you need to go to an aviation school. I remember I searched for information and I asked some persons that told me my height is not accepted, and the school I found was in Bucharest, and I was in Cluj.

After a break of 2 years, after finishing my University, I moved to Bucharest for my master’s degree. I was following How to be Cabin Crew website for a long time ago and I think I read your articles a thousand times. This was what motivated me the most: You. I remember how one day I braced myself, I called Anca, I was shaking and my confidence was very low.

What did you know about this job before going to the interview? What attracted you most?

What I knew was vast information read on your website. Different stories, experiences, but not so many details.  In Bucharest, I started working in customer service and I enjoyed it. I thought that I can combine this with my passion for travelling. I was thinking that I am a dynamic person and easily adaptable and I will succeed in having a career as Cabin Crew. I started looking with admiration to the Flight Attendants when I was travelling and I remember once saying that: “This is how I will be!”

How did you prepare for the interview with an airline company? How many interviews did you attend before succeeding?

The How to be Cabin Crew course had done for me more than I could think of. Other than information about the airline company you apply for, it matters a lot how you present yourself at the interview, mentally and physically. I tend to believe that this course helped me to invest more in myself and to be more confident. I participated at the interview on 21 august 2016, the response was positive and they moved very fast. After 2 weeks I was already doing my medical analysis and I was making sure everything is good. I found out that another important Middle East company will come to recruit in Romania too, at the end of October 2016 so I decided to go there as well. I also succeeded there, but they told us we will find out the answer in December. On 16 November I had the leave date for the first company, I postponed it 2 times, hoping that I will find out an answer from the other one. But it wasn’t meant to be, so, on 14 December I made the big change in my life.

What influence had on you our How to be Cabin Crew courses, what you read on our website and the interaction with our trainers?

How to be Cabin Crew courses: other than the significant quantum of information that I accumulated, it helped me to discover a better version of myself. It made me believe in myself. I remember that our trainer, after the English test, told me: “you have what it takes, you can apply to any airline company, but you need to have more confidence in yourself” So yes, it helped me a lot, I came mistrustful and I left thinking “Don’t call it a dream, make it a plan”

Why do you think the recruiters chose you out of hundreds of applicants?

It matters a lot what you transmit, your face mimic says it all. You must be confident in yourself, to give clear answers, without any pause. Probably they saw that I wanted this very much and that I worked for it. And very important: always, but always, have a big smile on your face!

Any advice for future Cabin Crew?

Be yourself! Be always optimistic, smiley and confident. Start with the premises that everything is possible. We attract what we think of.

A message for How to be Cabin Crew team.

I hope that you will grow from year to year even more. And make more dreams come true.

I will always appreciate you,

Alexandra

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The story of our student Teodora: Her dream came true after her 6th interview!

Our student Teo is an example of ambition and persuasion, because she attended 6 interviews with an airline company and she never gave up. In the end she was contacted not from one, but the two biggest airline companies in the Middle East.

When did you first think you would like to be a flight attendant and what was hidden behind such a decision?

This happened somewhere around the first year of college. I always like to travel and to meet new nationalities, culture diversity, touristic places, everything you can see in one place and not in your country.

Of course, like any other person who fell in love with aviation, I saw many movies before, in which the life of a flight attendant was perfect from all perspectives. Normally, reality is never the same, that’s why last year I decided that I need to try and reach the point in which I would make the difference between what I saw in movies and what will happen to me.

Do you think your professional experience helped you until now?

I worked at a Call Center as a Customer Service Agent, not in English (the language we all speak as Cabin Crew) but in German. It helped me just for the simple fact that it taught me how to speak with the clients, to solve their problems in a useful time and to keep my calm.

How did you prepare for the interview with an airline company?

Firstly, I read, I searched information about how should I look and present myself before the recruiters. As you know, I participated at multiple interview with Middle East Companies and I am 100% sure that if I didn’t participated at your two preparation courses I couldn’t succeed.

You went at a Qatar Airways interview and you passed, but then you went as well at an Emirates intrerview and it was the same happy outcome. If it was to compare the two interviews, which one was the hardest? What task was the hardest for you?

Participating at 6 interviews, probably that a few months ago I would have said that the group task from Qatar Airways is the hardest. Now I’ve made up my mind. At the Emirates interview, I had the Role-play task (it was only my speaking with the 2 recruiters) which, from my point of view was the hardest. I had to give a solution for a problem, in a short period of time and I knew if my answer wasn’t correct I could fail again the Assessment Day. I had luck, I was very concentrated, very sure of my answer and then I received a big smile back from my recruiter, thing that made me to have more confidence till the end of the day.

What influence had on you the How to be Cabin Crew courses, what you read on our website and the interaction with the trainer team?

What I read on your website was extremely helpful, most importantly regarding my attire, the dress-code, make-up and everything about grooming. At the preparation course it was something else, I interacted with people who wanted the same thing as me and we exercised every single task that I encountered at the interviews I went. I am sure that if I didn’t attended your How to be Cabin Crew courses I couldn’t succeed in such a short period of time to reach my goal. Thank you so much!

What do you think, in your opinion, it is the biggest challenge for a Flight Attendant?

Each day has a new challenge, each flight, each passenger. Promptitude, calm and team spirit I think are the key elements in order to succeed in this job.

Tell me what are the 3 qualities a candidate should have, based on your experience?

The look, the first impact with the recruiter, he scans you from the first moment you walk on the door. The smile should be present each time on your face, the recruiter should see you are happy that you are there and that you have the opportunity to make your dreams come true through him/her, in a way or another. The third I would say is the way you communicate in English. Another advantage, from my view, represents knowing another language. Experience in customer-service counts very much, so, if you think about becoming a flight attendant, you should start working with people.

How did you spend your last months at home? Some special plans?

In my last months I spent them with my family and friends. I continued working till I left for UAE. I hadn’t had any special plans, I only went in a short trip in the mountains.

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What it’s like to be a Cabin Crew?

You may have heard many of your friends say that they dream of becoming a member of the cabin crew. After long talk sessions with them about their job, you could have developed the same goal. Before deciding on following their footsteps, there are a few things that you need to know about what it is like being a cabin crew.

The training is no joke. The training that you have to go through is very challenging and will take around four to eight weeks. You have many written and practical exams that you need to complete. This means that you will have to spend long hours to study and understand everything that you learned in the classroom. After some time, there will be aircraft cabin mock-ups that could be dreadful. You are required to pass each exam with at least 90% grade. If you fail to reach this mark three times, the airline will send you home. Once this happens, you won’t be able to reapply for six months. You have to deal with the differences in time and weather in different places. For flight attendants that travel internationally, it is a struggle to adapt to the life of experiencing different time zones and climate or weather every day of your career. Because of the schedule that you are on, you will most likely become sick at the beginning because your body is not programmed to go through that as frequently as you do as a flight attendant. However, after some time, you will become accustomed to that specific lifestyle. All you have to do is to ensure that you are in good health at all times. To avoid getting sick, you can take vitamins and health boosters. Though it is great to be living your dream, you need to remind yourself that health is wealth.

Dealing with passengers is not the easiest task. Every day, you will have to face people with different personalities, behaviour, and temper. As a cabin crew, it is essential to learn how to deal with all kinds of people. You will have to deal with some who will complain a lot or those who have multiple questions that may seem pointless. However, it is your responsibility to make them feel comfortable throughout the flight. Always remember to smile when you face your passengers. You are not their waiter, but you are the one who will save their lives if something happens. Although you indeed have to bring them their food and drink during the flight, you were not trained for weeks to do only that. You will learn what to do in case an emergency arises. There are procedures that you will have to perform during your mock-ups. You will be taught what you have to do if the plane malfunctions or a medical emergency happens mid-flight. As a flight attendant, you have many responsibilities, most of which is to attend to your passengers. However, you should never forget what you trained long and hard for. Although there is only a slim chance of something tragic happening, you still have to review and recall the steps you have to take. You will receive amazing perks.

As a beginner, your salary won’t be as high as you may have expected it to be, but there are several benefits that you can get. During your layovers, while working, your company will let you stay in excellent hotels. You will also receive discounted tickets when you want to travel for personal reasons. Regarding your salary, there is no need to worry. The pay will continue to work up the pay scale as time passes by. There will be no more holidays for you. During the contract signing, your employer will inform you that you will no longer have any holiday or birthday leaves. You will have a schedule that you will have to follow, and if your day-off falls on any of the significant holidays, then you are in luck. However, if you are scheduled to fly on those days, then you will celebrate with your passengers on board. Although it may be lonely, it is an entirely different experience that may be amusing at the beginning. After some time, you will get used to your schedule and spending most of your time away from your loved ones.

It is your responsibility to solve unexpected problems. One example of an unexpected situation is when a bug or pest has entered the plane. Though there are people whose job is to clean the aircraft often, there are still instances wherein you will find one, such as a cockroach, aboard. If this happens, you can perform cockroach control with non-toxic killer products. It may not seem that important, but it is crucial to show your passengers that you value cleanliness. Also, some people have a phobia of these pests. Making sure that the plane is bug-free ensures that none of the passengers will go into a panic attack.

These are only a few advantages and disadvantages of being a flight attendant. If you still want to be a cabin crew member after learning about what it really is like, then you should go ahead and pursue your dream.

Happy and safe flights!

Guest Post by Cora L.

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Diana and her motivation to become Cabin Crew

I couldn’t even know how to start Diana’s story. I admit that in the moment I read what I wrote I felt very happy, because I’ve never known her motivation of becoming a Flight Attendant. Just now, almost 10 months after I met her, I found out the real reason why she wanted to prepare with us and why she fought so hard to become a Cabin Crew. I let you read her story, it’s a sincere one and truly emotional.

“I know that most people want a career in aviation due to the desire of travelling the world, having a fulfilling life, in which no other day is the same as the next one. I will be honest, I wished to become a flight attendant due to financial motives. Yes, I admit, I arrived at a point in my life where my actual job offered few financial perspectives, and the situation from home wasn’t so pink. I had two parents closed to retiring, a bank loan and a long list of things that were asking rapidly to be resolved. I know, doesn’t sound so optimistic, but this were the real reasons in that moment. I woke up alone in the situation of holding the financial situation of my family, concerned in the same time for the present and the future of my parents. For me, my family is extremely important and it’s the motor that keeps me alive. And with my ‘fabulous’ salary which permitted me to live decent in Bucharest, I knew I didn’t have something to offer.

So I had to brace up and I thought what I can do. Two of my best friends were already Flight Attendants for an airline company in the Middle East and I knew how much they won, what monthly salary enters in their pockets, what expenses they have, and how much they get to save every month. One of them already made a bank credit of 20.000 euros from a bank in UAE (credit obtained relatively easy, installment credit for 3 years, without any rate of interest), with want she wanted to start a small family business, in Romania.

I thought to follow their example, mostly from a financial perspective, not especially for the glamorous life, full of travels and luxury. I didn’t know anything about this domain, I knew only that I wanted to go to one interview and to pass it, to not arrive in the situation to apply over and over again in order to be accepted. I admit, I sometimes put a big pressure on myself and I want performance more than anything. Therefore, in a few weeks, I made my homework about what will I do in order to pass successfully the interview with an airline company.

On the 13th, in a Wednesday, I registered to How to be Cabin Crew preparation course. I laughed and I said I will confront my bad luck, due to being on the 13th. I admit, I thought 3 weeks before making this step: to go, to not go, what if I pay 350 euros and I don’t get hired, what will I do? I admit, I was a little bit skeptical, again from financial reasons. My mother told me direct: “Diana, if you don’t take any risk, you will not win. So go, invest money in your preparation, and after you have the chance to have a salary 10 times higher.” It had sense what my mother told me, to I bet 350 euros + a new suit for the interview, following that today, when I write this text, to have a salary around 2500 euros monthly, approximately 8 times higher, exactly like my mother said.

I don’t know if I can put into words what I experienced/learned at your preparation course. It was probably the most beautiful experience before starting my aviation career. Just my first flight as Cabin Crew succeeded to dethrone this experience. Even if I wouldn’t succeed for the first time, I felt that I truly invested in my personal development, and everything that I learned in those 4 days would have had helpful for anywhere I would go. I understood what my strong points are and what are my minuses, I learned to construct my personal presentation in order not to remain in anonymous, I tested my English vocabulary in a serious of situations more and more difficult and challenging, and most importantly, I had in front of me an example of a strong person, which succeeded to have a beautiful career in aviation. Our trainer had 10 years of experience at Qatar Airways and 2 years’ experience as a recruiter. I admit, I was inspired by her story, her determination to fight for a job like this, how she succeeded to make a career out of this and how she knows to be close to her students and to offer them the best there is. When I arrived home in the afternoon, after 8-10 hours at the course, I stayed with my mother another 2 hours to tell her what I learned, about the task I had to take, about my colleagues, and my face was always full of joy. I finally found myself, I discovered how beautiful it is to work in a team and to do what motivates me. In those 4 days I simply got my wings and I had so much confidence in myself.

Georgiana, one of the girls from How to be Cabin Crew team, told me from the first day “you have the cabin Crew lipstick, you look amazing” and I knew I blushed like a kid. I wouldn’t know how to thank Anca and Georgiana for the passion they put in this project and for the way in which they get attached to us. The girls have something special (and I think every student can confirm this), and with my confession I hope that both will understand (at least a part) the immense joy they brought in me and how grateful I am for what they have done.

After almost 8 months of flying, I overcome all my financial fears and permanent concerns towards the future. Not only because I have a salary that gives me confidence and makes me smile when I read my statement account, but because today I got so much confidence in myself that nobody could take that away from me. I know if I will start again from 0, I would have the strength to get over any obstacle and to stand straight. Aviation is a domain that teaches you how to be a winner.

Courage darlings, the future has big plans for each one of us!”

Diana

 

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Choose to fly!

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.

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“If you are truly you, the recruiters will see that”

Mihai attended our cabin crew preparation training and a few months after he finshed it, he joined an important airline company from the Middle East. From this interview you can find out more about Mihai and the steps he followed in order to fulfill his dream of flying.

When did you decide to become a Cabin Crew and why did you chose this job?

I had this idea from a long time ago, especially when I was a student and I traveled to USA and I loved the thought to do this every day. But always it seemed like something hard to achieve or that it is impossible. But I found a job, in a management position, which promised a lot, but of which I was very disappointed and I couldn’t imagine myself doing that every single day for the next years. One day, when I came from work, I said I wouldn’t continue like that, I took a piece of paper which was actually a paycheck from the current job and I wrote “Find out what you wanna do with your f’in life!” (Yes, very dramatic, but that’s how it was). I posted myself in front of my laptop, I searched male stewards and I came across your website.

How was the interview? What was the hardest task?

The interview was ok. I saw so many persons before the interview that were speaking very well English, with the best posture, the perfect candidate from the first glance. But after the tasks have started, the little details learned at your preparation course made the difference and I could anticipate who will fail and who will pass. The recruiter was very friendly, but also very strict. Yes, in my case was only one recruiter. The hardest task was the final interview. Till that moment, if you had solid knowledge about what the Cabin Crew position means and the recruiter saw that, you could pass. For the final interview, I stayed more than one hour and a half, time in which she wrote every single thing I said and insisted everywhere she could find more details about me. In the end, it came out great for me!

What influence had on you our How to be Cabin Crew courses and website?

As I said above, a pretty big influence. I read in many forums, blogs and YouTube channels about what and how you should do, but the little details made the difference. Details that are not known about many persons and which you could not find on the internet. I had so many emotions because it was a serious competition, in my case we were 20 boys, and I remained only myself!

Why do you think the recruiters choose you? Which were your strong-points at the interview?

A relaxed attitude is essential. But is a difference between relaxed and indifferent. The attitude and an authentic smile, to be truly enthusiastic of the fact that you are there. Those people are doing this every day, recruiting, so they will tell the difference between a forced smile and an authentic one. At the same time, to not have major gaps in your CV. As I was saying, she asked me everything it is possible, from all the questions found on the internet, to details of everything I said, from CV, and not only. If something is not in accordance with what you say, your CV and everything, the recruiter could tell very easily and that’s final for you. I think it helped me very much my experienced in USA, where I had to work with different nationalities came from different backgrounds, and the fact that I traveled alone and I was a long time on my one.

In a short time you will start a new life. How do you think it will be?

Easy will not be, for sure. I will miss my family, friends and everything I will let behind, but after all I wanted this and it’s a unique occasion. If not now, when? I expect to have a culture-shock for a while, but it is normal after all. I am very curious, but also excited about this new chapter of my life.

What do you think is the best joy of a Cabin Crew?

Beside the occasion of meeting so many people that you will remember a lifetime, personally I think the experiences and memories made. Both in the air and on the ground. It is enough to do something that many will not have the occasion to do, and others only dream about a life like this. And now it is the perfect moment to do it.

What advice do you have for the ones who will participate at our interview preparation courses, considering your experience?

Smile and be authentic. From the moment you arrive at the hotel, you must be polite with everyone, especially the employees. Socialize with the rest of the candidates. Don’t watch the rest as your direct competition. If you are truly you, the recruiters will see that, will appreciate it and you will have an advantage in front of the others.

 

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After 5 years as Cabin Crew: nothing is hard if you have your wings

Lili worked for 5 years as Cabin Crew for Etihad Airways. She left the company when she was pregnant with her first child, but she has flying deep in her blood. For her “nothing is hard for those who got their wings”. Lili is brave, she followed her dream and started working for Etihad Airways in 2008, when there weren’t so many information about this company in the Middle East.

I was so excited to hear her story as it radiates passion and dedication. Nevertheless, Lili is a beautiful soul, a former amazing cabin crew.

How did you start flying? Tell us about your first encounter with aviation

Dear Anca, through this interview I hope to inspire young people to fly, to chase their dreams and do things with passion. I got to fly because that was my faith. I didn’t choose this job, this job chose me. I never thought that one day I will do this or that I will arrive that far, I think I didn’t allow myself dreaming so far. But then I got my wings and I learned to fly. I simply applied to all the jobs I thought were interesting, even for those abroad and one day I woke up with a phone call from a recruiting agency who offered me the possibility to attend an interview with an airline company from UAE. (I hadn’t even heard of this country.) Normally, I would have ignored such an invitation, because I was called to go in another city to attend the interview. I was 27 years old and I wanted to leave the country, to see how the world is. I succeeded the second time, therefore in august 2008 I arrived in Abu Dhabi. It was a whole different world, at first it was hard to accommodate with such high temperatures, but I had the luck to know someone from my hometown who made the accomodation easier. We are still very good friends till this day, and she is my connection with UAE and with the job among the clouds. I had 2 months of intensive training. We had courses till the afternoon, we arrived home at midnight and the next day we woke up in the morning to study and at 11 am we were going again back to the academy. It seemed liked my dreem job fit me like a glove. And it was exactly like that. I graduated with high grades at Safety and it was my strong point along my career

You worked 5 years for Etihad Airways. How was your first flight? Where did you fly?

The first flight was extremely difficult, I was supposed to be an Observer during the flight, but I had to work exactly the same as the others in order to satisfy all the passengers requests, it was a very interesting experience for me. The flight was full, on a small airplane (A320). I must say that even before knowing about this job, I was passionate about the shows on National Geographic related to airplanes (Aircraft Investigations, Disasters in air). There may be a destiny, right?

How was a day for an Etihad Airways flight attendant?

A flying day was a real ritual, because it meant the same make-up, the same hair style, same uniform and a Briefing before each flight. After this, you will walk proudly with the whole crew under the starring eyes of the passengers. The flights were mostly tiring, but everything was fine as long as the crew knew how to communicate and work in a team.  If this didn’t happen, the flight would be a failure, but each flight is a lesson. This job/world taught me to be grateful (for the fact that I was born in Romania and I had the chance to have an education, for the fact that I knew 4 seasons, and so on.), I learned to be the best, to be patient, to respect different cultures, to accept that we are all what we are.

Tell us a funny story of one of your flights.

Hmm, there were so many. I remember on the second flight as an Observer when my colleagues along with the Captain tried to prank me. Ah, a whole flight laughed when the copilot forgot to deactivate “PA” (public announcement) and all the passengers heard their private conversation after landing.

Have you ever encountered an emergency situation? How did you react?

Fortunate, I haven’t had serious incidents in my 5 years as Cabin Crew. I once had a gentleman who fell in a deep sleep and his wife thought he died. In this kind of situations most important it is to remain calm, to talk with your passengers and to ask the help of your colleagues. In general, I am a strong person, I don’t panic and I manage to deal calmly with this kind of situations and to be useful when needed.

Which was one of the great satisfactions that this job offered you?

Seeing happy people: that hand shake when they left the airplane, that “thank you” in their language, the joy of offering a smile. And not least, the joy of seeing and living for a short period of time in all those places I had the privilege to arrive to.

What will be the disadvantages of this job?

Oh, the minuses…yes, they are plenty. Seen from outside, it is a wonderful job, and nobody knows what it truly means. It involves a lot of physical work, not only mentally, it is about working long hours, taking care of people, washing toilets if necessary, cleaning vomit and the list goes on. The idea is that from the moment you arrived in the airplane till landing, the airplane is your home, and from the moment the doors are closed till opening you are there for anything that the passengers need and trust me a lot can happen: babies can be born, people could die, accidents can happen, and so on.

Do you miss flying? How is your life now? What plans you have in the future?

Yes, I miss it, even if I don’t have time to think about it and my baby girl is offering me all the joy and satisfaction I need. I was still working for Etihad Airways when I got pregnant (I had a long distance relationship with my husband, he was in Romania, and Lia happened on one of our escapades in Istanbul). I flew for 2 more months with her in my belly and my last flight was the longest one. What can I say? It was an amazing experience, I will always say that, I am glad I had this opportunity. If I had another age when I left,  I would have arrived far… I left from a FJ position (First and Business Class Attendant), and I was about to become Cabin Senior, but I didn’t had the opportunity. I have a tattoo “Alis Grave nil” (Nothing is hard for those who have their wings)

Best regards,

Lili.

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