“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

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’s interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

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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.

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’s interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

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

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’s interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.