Travels, Unfiltered

Dear future cabin crew,


This blog post is addressed to all the cabin crew wannabes, to those I am sometimes talking to already, to those who asked me questions and haven’t given them an answer yet or to the curios ones who want to know a little more about my job/your future job.

I’ve wrote down everything you guys asked me and I’ll answer 15 questions here in this article today.

Let’s get started!

1. How many languages do I need to speak to become a cabin crew?

English is the only language required to become a cabin crew. Of course, the more you know, the better it is for you (personally) and I admire you for that. If you speak more languages and you declare them when you join, those will stay on your file and they will use you as language speaker on certain flights.

2. I have a scar on my nose. Can I be a cabin crew?

It depends how big or how visible the scar is, if you can cover it with make up, probably you’ll be fine.

3. Can I go for the interview after high school graduation or is it mandatory to get a bachelor’s degree?

It is not mandatory to have a bachelor’s degree, but it is mandatory to be minimum 21 years old. If you want my personal advice, do your studies first and apply afterwards.

4. Do you have medical/dental insurance? How does it work?

Yes, we do have both. We have our own clinic and we can also be referred to some other clinics in Dubai for medical purposes. As per the dental we have an annual allowance subject to approval.

5. Will I be selected if I wear glasses?

Yes, that’s not an impediment. There are some rules in regards to Image&Uniform standards in terms of which glasses you can wear while at work, but that’s pretty much all about it.

6. How can you be promoted from economy class to business class?

I would say as a general rule, that you must complete a certain period of time working in Economy Cabin and keep a clean record. Avoid calling sick, unless of course you’re obviously ill, don’t get an absence and being a good crew at work and receiving compliments can also give you a boost. But mostly it also depends on how often and how many crew they need to join Business Class.

Don’t worry about that, just enjoy the process.

7. Can you have a holiday anytime you wish?

We have 30 days of leave balance per year and we can choose our holidays throughout the year by applying in advance. Of course, if it’s a very popular holiday, like Christmas for example, the chances to have leave assigned might drop a bit. Although, in 7 years I had holiday or days off over Christmas almost every year, so it’s possible as well.

8. What are your top three favorite layovers? (Layovers, not flights and not destinations)

This is a difficult question. Let’s say Bangkok, Brussels and Los Angeles. The reasons are quite obvious for those who know me, haha. Massage, vintage shopping + good coffee and LA vibes -beach, sun, friends, feels like a holiday.

9. Do you require a valid passport when you go for the interview?

You don’t, if you pass the interview you can apply for your passport straight after, as it will take a bit until they book your flight and all, you can actually plan everything and tell them also if you’re ready to start when they call you.

10. What do you think will happen in the near future in regards to your job of being a cabin crew?

I believe that the demand won’t be the same anymore, that’s something quite obvious and it has been announced already all over the world. But the industry will make its way back slowly. People still want and love to travel.

11. Do you have free accommodation? Or what do you have to pay for?

We do. The company will provide you accommodation, free of charge, fully furnished, your own bedroom and bathroom; you might have one or two flatmates. The only thing you need to pay is your internet bill. Also, if you’re entitled to move out of accommodation and wish to rent your own place, the company will provide a fixed allowance depending on your grade.

12. Are there any chances that traveling by air will get back to normal this year?

Most probably not throughout this year, as the new normal will look differently, but we will fly again and we will take small steps in making traveling around the world an enjoyable and safe experience.

13. Is this a job for girls only?

Not at all, we have so many male colleagues, if you feel like this is what you’d love to be doing, don’t hesitate to apply for the job.

14. Do you have to get the highest grades in training college in order to pass the exams?

No, you don’t need to be the best and you don’t need to have the highest grades, you just need to pass every exam as it’s required. Don’t worry about that, thousands of people made it, you will too.

15. Do you still have to wait 6 months in order to go for another interview in case you failed the first one?

Yes, I believe so. I know waiting is hard, specially when you have a high desire, but look at it as a time to improve yourself and be better at your next interview. Maybe your luck will also be better next time!

I hope you will find these questions useful and it will bring some light in your life in case you were wondering about any of the above. If there is more that you want to know, I will try to cover it in another post anytime soon.

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Sending you love,

Andra

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The road that lead me to becoming a cabin crew


It all started 7 years ago. No, hold on, it had started long before, by the time I was in University, back in Romania.

Yes, my mind was already working towards this path.

Did I know much about it? Very little! All I knew is that I pictured this opportunity like a dream job, a job where you get to travel the world and get paid for it, that you get to live in Dubai, the most luxurious city, be surrounded by so many different nationalities and get to learn and explore so much of this world.

And that was all right. I confirm it to you right now.

I didn’t drop out of my Uni that year that I had this thought of applying and going for the interview, simply because I wasn’t sure I am ready, at that stage, to leave all my life behind and start a new life somewhere else, far from my family and friends. It was that feeling “oh, this job sounds fantastic, but I am not sure I want it or I am now ready for it, but I would like to give it a try though.” I know many of you resonate with me by now.

How many of you have thought the same? That you would like to do something in your life, maybe this job or maybe something else, but you were scared. Not scared scared, but you had a fear of leaving everything you built behind, a career, a relationship, a business, you name it, maybe you thought you are too old for it or too young. But there were all these thoughts playing truth or dare with you and challenging you in taking a decision.

Let me simplify it all for you. When the time is right, everything will flow. When the time is right, you will know what to do. You will know that this is it, you must make a change and that’s the time when courage walks in and you leave your fears behind. And what a great future is rising in front of you!

I graduated in 2012, in Braşov, at Transylvania University in Braşov, Food and Tourism. Moved to Bucharest for a “better life” which wasn’t going to happen there. Woke up one day, feeling exhausted of living in Bucharest, working so many hours a day, sometimes going to work on weekends too, waking up much earlier because of the traffic in the city and arriving home quite late because of the same reason. I was barely able to have a normal life without falling asleep after work. I could sleep while eating, while taking, anytime. I wasn’t myself anymore.

One morning, I woke up and I said to myself this is it. What is all this work bringing me? Money? Way not enough. Health? Losing it at work. Friends? Barley have time to meet them. Love? Not able to give my best, always tired.

Was there anything I was doing that time bringing me closer to where I always wanted to be? Was that the life I chose for myself? Quite far from it.

I will move to Dubai, I said. No one really believed me. But I moved. To an unknown world, by myself. Packed a suitcase and left to meet and embrace my new life.

I was excited, nervous in the same time, but I had a good feeling. I was ready to work hard and I knew someone would appreciate the work I do. I was so blessed to meet amazing people that I love and keep in my life until today and I will never forget the role they played in my life. One day God took someone from me, but gave me abundance and love from the people I met.

I got a job at Mango, started working in sales. In the first week that I arrived in Dubai, on my second day, precisely, I went for the interview, passed it, chose the shop I wanted to work in and started my journey. It was a beautiful 3 months journey. Intense, tiring sometimes, but I loved it. I was happy. Working 6 days a week, but happy.

Colleagues and customers could probably read that happiness on my face and they thought it would look better if I would place it in Emirates. They need and love happy people there, haha.

Everyone’s dream around me was to be a cabin crew, some they tried, some they kept on dreaming, because those fears would play with their thoughts too, and some have tried and succeeded. I became part of the last category.

I was quite excited for my new life in Dubai, even though that involved working most of the time, I liked what I was doing and that is all what matters in life. Love what you do and you won’t have to work one day in your life. I have always liked the fashion industry and I know even today that if I would have stayed in retail I would be where I wanted to be by now in that industry, but I know life has better plans for me.

So I start listening and observing all what life was trying to tell me. And that day, on a Wednesday, this girl stepped into the store and right away asked me to go home and apply for being a cabin crew with Emirates.

Her advice was so straightforward , went directly to my brain. All I know is that I went home, applied for the job, took some pictures in my room, edited them, send them through and went for the interview in Dubai at Emirates headquarters.No more excuses.

Those thoughts I had during my studies came back to me and I turned them into actions.

Passed all my interviews and couldn’t believe it. Before 2012 ended I already got the golden call. That’s 2 months after I arrived in Dubai. My 2013 started on a very positive note.

It was the year that start giving me life. If 2012 kind of sucked it all out of me, in 2013 I had freedom, I was traveling the world, I was making new friends, I started having different priorities in life and being more grateful. That year I understood that it is so important to dream, to have goals and visualize them, they will all come true when the time is right.

And that was my time. I would have not been happy if I would have taken this job years before. I am thankful for not rushing and giving it time.

This year, it will mark 7 years (my favorite number) of adventures. Because my life was an adventure ever since.

I am still grateful, I still love what I am doing, I find something to look forward every time I do a flight, specially being on a mission to have a great cup of coffee somewhere in this world, you know it all by now.

It is a very different experience, it is an opportunity that you must take advantage of at the fullest .

How long will I do it for? That I don’t know, but when the time is right, my life will choose a better path because my mind is already working on it.

I learned to have patience, discipline, something I am working on every day now, but the most important to live in the present and not to become too busy working only on my future cause I will miss on living. One step at a time. Take a deep breathe. Decide what you want to do with your life and then take small steps towards it.

If becoming a cabin crew is what you dream of, start talking to those who already are, ask them questions, go online and inform yourself, go for an Open Day, take that interview, start flying, experience it for minimum 1 year before you quit.

It might be or it might not be for you. And you will only find out the moment you try.

Even if that means giving up on something else. It’s your life, choose wisely. Have no regrets, cause at the end of the day, you will never regret something you have tried doing, but something you have never tried. And trust me, that thought will follow you all your life.

Give wings to those dreams!

P.S. The day that girl walked to me and told me to go get this job, changed my life. And what makes me happier is that five of you already told me you have became a cabin crew because of finding inspiration in what I share with you on social media. It makes me so happy, and my mission is not yet completed. I hope more of you will find the inspiration and the courage to start. And one day, when you feel like, message me and tell me that. I will be so happy for you.

Love,

Andra

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Cum e sa fii in REZERVA


Lume, lume!

Va trimit imbratisari din Chicago, unde, din cauza fusului orar si a jetlagged-lui, evident, mi-am amintit ca v-am promis sa va tin la curent despre cum a decurs luna mea de rezerva. Bine ca nu m-a prins Craciunul sa va povestesc despre ce s-a intamplat in August! 🙂 Sa-mi fie cu iertare, dar daca ma urmariti pe Instagram, probabil ziceti si voi ca bunica-mea: “Doamne, tu copila, mult mai umbli!” Umblu mult, bunica, dar lasa, ca nu merg pe jos! Te pup, bunica, de aici de prin America!

Asadar, luna August a fost o luna fierbinte!!! La propriu, atunci cand eram prin Dubai si la figurat, ca m-au luat caldurile de la atatea zboruri! Daaa, am zburat mult si au fost zboruri frumoase, dar cele mai multe cu munca intensa, ca deh, dupa munca si rasplata!

Programul arata cam asa:

• GRU- Sao Paulo

• CDG- Paris

• VIE- Viena

• BLR- Bangalore

• JFK- New York

• CPH- Copenhaga

•KRT- Khartoum

7 zboruri, 5 layovere si 2 zboruri dus-intors, cel din India, BLR si Sudan, KRT, unde a trebuit sa lucrez in Economy.

Da, din pacate, in luna asta a surprizelor, in care nu stii exact pe unde pleci, nu stii nici gradul pe care lucrezi. Eu sunt Business Class crew, deci GR1. Ca Economy crew esti GR2, First Class crew FG1, Cabin Supervisor CSV si Purser (cel ce e responsabil de toata echipa de pe avion, după Capitan si First officer) PUR.

Asta este ierarhia. Am zburat, slava Domnului, 5 zboruri in business class, insa nu mi-a suras norocul si la zborurile astea scurte, care se pare, nu sunt favoritele nimanui si a trebuit sa imi amintesc de unde am plecat atunci cand am inceput sa zbor! Haha! Dupa fiecare zbor in Economy, iubeam mai mult ca niciodata Business class. 😀

Sa fac un rezumat, am zburat undeva la 108 ore, ceea ce pentru mine a fost cam mult, de obicei zbor undeva la 70-80 ore pe luna, ca sa am timp si sa ma odihnesc si sa ma bucur de zilele libere in Dubai, dar am avut undeva la 13 zile libere in Dubai, ceea ce nu e rau.

Cel mai mult mi-a plăcut in New York, evident, este unul din favoritele mele, dar mai ales ca am avut norocul sa ma intalnesc cu prietena mea, care la momentul respectiv, se afla in vacanta acolo. Ce poate fi mai frumos?

O sa va las poze de prin toate destinatiile, in caz ca ati ratat povestile mele pe Instagram, andra_contiu.

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Daca aveti curiozitati, nu ezitati sa imi scrieti, promit ca raspund, uneori mai greu, dar raspund! Nu uitati ce zice bunica mea! Practic, acela e motivul!

Gata, merg la micul dejun si apoi e timpul sa ma intalnesc cu oameni faini, aici in Chicago, unde sunt pentru prima data! Yey! Bucurie mare!

Sunteti pupati!

Andra, care umbla mult.

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Welcome to my world


Hey Hey, în altă ordine de idei! 🙂

Probabil, v-ați obișnuit deja cu articolele scrise în limba engleză, însă azi, m-am decis să scriu unul și în limba română și în funcție de feedback-ul vostru,  aș putea, pe viitor, să scriu mai des si genul acesta de articole 🙂
Nu cred că am pomenit mai nimic până în prezent referitor la jobul meu sau ceva legat de călătorii ori chiar de programul de muncă.
Pentru cei ce nu știu prea multe despre meseria de stewardesă, care bineînțeles, diferă de la o companie la alta, azi o să vă povestesc despre ce program avem noi, stewardesele, pe unde zburăm, câte zile libere avem și așa mai departe. Plus că, rubrica de comentarii este deschisă pentru oricine are întrebări sau curiozități în acest domeniu, pentru că multe fete sunt interesate, cred că articolul acesta va prinde bine tuturor și va elucida puțin din misterul jobului.

Ei bine, și luna noastră are tot 30/31 zile ca a oricărei alte persoane, doar că zilele noastre zboară la propriu, haha! Știți cum e, cu mic dejun în Dubai, prânz la Paris, cina la New York?! Se întâmpla adeseori! Se întâmpla des și să luăm toate mesele în avion, undeva deasupra lumii, deci, vă puteti închipui!

Programul nostru de zbor ne este dat, de obicei, pe la jumătatea lunii în curs și primim toate zborurile pe luna următoare. Știm exact unde si când vom merge, cât vom sta, care ne sunt zilele libere, cu cine zburăm, practic toate detaliile de genul.
Emirates zboară în peste 150 destinații, deci avem toate șansele sa fim pe 6 continente într-o singură lună!

În principiu, avem opțiunea de a ne alege destinațiile, dacă îmi doresc ca luna viitoare sa merg în New York, am posibilitatea să cer zborul respectiv în decursul lunii urmatoare. Putem avea maxim 5 preferințe, fie că sunt orașe, țări sau zile libere într-o anumită perioadă a lunii, lucru care imi place la maxim.

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Primim mereu zborurile pe care le cerem?

Asta depinde din ce grup faci parte și care e nivelul de priorate în perioada respectivă. Avem 7 grupuri în Emirates, fiecare stewardesă aparține unui grup, încă nu știu exact după ce criterii ne-au departajat, cert este ca încearcă sa puna într-un grup, oameni care, probabil, au personalități asemănătoare, concluzie dobândită în urma unui chestionar care l-am făcut cu toții atunci când am fost recrutați.
Nu e ușor sa pui la un loc 23.000 de cabin crew si toată lumea sa se înțeleagă cu toată lumea. Haha!
Așadar, dacă grupul cărui aparții, are o prioritate ridicată în luna respectiva, ai șanse mai mari sa obții ce îți dorești. Grupurile se rotesc lunar, așa că toată lumea ajunge să fie TOP BID sau RESERVE, unde ma aflu eu în momentul acesta. Upss!

O să vă povestesc mai multe și despre luna de rezervă, însă e important să știți că indiferent de programul primit, avem dreptul să ne schimbam zborurile între noi atâta timp cât sunt aprobate toate legalitățile. Spre exemplu, dacă ai cerut un zbor de Paris și nu ți-i l-au dat, poți să cauți pe cineva și să reușești să-l schimbi cu un alt zbor, cum ar fi Londra si uite așa ajungi unde ți-ai dorit. Nu e chiar atât de rău, nu?

Zborurile din cursul unei luni sunt diverse, poți ajunge în America, stai acolo o zi sau două, depinde de destinație, după care te întorci acasă, in Dubai, vei avea minimum 2 zile libere dupa un zbor atat de lung, maximum 5 și poti să pleci în Europa. Te întorci, poti avea un zbor dus-întors, undeva pe aproape care e de obicei de 2-3 ore un sector și nu necesită ședere, după care vei reveni in patul tău, acasă.
Apropo, nimic nu se compara cu somnul din patul de acasă.❤

Am încercat să exemplific, pe scurt, cum ar decurge o lună de zbor și cum sunt alese destinațiile și faptul că, nu e necesar să zbor numai într-o parte a lumii, că zborurile sunt diversificate și cel mai important, fiecare lună de zbor e diferită, având în medie undeva la 10-12 zile libere pe lună și aproximativ 6-7 zboruri.
Ei bine, luna aceasta, e luna mea de rezervă, mi-a fost data așa aleatoriu, fiecare dintre noi trebuie sa treacă prin asta o dată pe an.

IMG_2832Poză după zbor, când am ajuns la hotel în Sau Paulo și mireasa dorea poze cu noi. Iertați claritatea! 🙂

Ce înseamnă a fi în luna de rezervă?

Înseamnă, practic,  a nu avea un program de zboruri, a nu știi unde te duci și când te duci. Haha! E chiar mai palpitant decât de obicei, nu?
Este o lună, în care afli zilnic ce program ai pe ziua următoare, în jurul orei 6 după amiaza, vei fi anunțat dacă următoarea zi ai zbor sau o zi liberă, ori de cel mai multe ori STAND BY, practic stai în așteptare, fie acasă, fie la headquarter, gata pregătit sa fii scos pe zbor oriunde în lumea asta.

Luna mea de rezervă a început frumos, cu 2 zile libere, in care m-am bucurat de Dubai, după care am avut un home stand by, de la 3 la 9 dimineața, iar în jurul orei 4 m-au sunat sa imi spună ca zbor in… Brazilia, Sao Paulo! Ugh, da, după cum vedeți programul nu este unul de la 8 la 17. Poate fi în timpul nopții, dimineața, însă, oricând ar fi, tu trebuie sa fii odihnit și pregătit de zbor. 🙂
Sao Paulo este la mai mult de 14 ore de zbor, atenție, nu de ore de munca, de Dubai. Spun de zbor, pentru că, noi ne pregătim cu aproximativ 4 ore înainte de ora plecării. Așa ca, e un zbor destul de lung, însă iti asigura multe ore de servici, ceea ce te asigura ca indiferent de ce va urma în cursul lunii, măcar ai niște ore la activ. Aș zice ca e un start bun.

V-am scris acest articol tocmai din Sao Paulo, inspirată fiind de minunăția acesta de reserve month, care mă trimite în capătul lumii, de la peste 50 de grade Celsius, la 15 grade în timpul iernii, fără a-mi face bagajul corespunzător, Style Hunter, right? Direct de sub plapumă! Mi-e plină geanta de rochițe și costume de baie, ca eu tare mi-am dorit să ma trimită undeva pe plaja, unde aerul e mai respirabil decât în Dubai în timpul verii. Haha! Nu ma plâng! Viața este frumoasă așa cum e ea, plină de surprize și trebuie să ne bucurăm pe deplin!

Vă las niște poze din Sao Paulo de data trecută, cand vremea era mai generoasă și am ieșit la o plimbare și promit să vă țin la curent cu ce mai urmează.
Mă găsiți pe Instagram andra_contiu, unde sunt destul de activă cu Instagram stories și puteți sa călătoriți cu mine sau să treceți prin același emoții când am stand by-uri și mă tot gândesc pe unde voi ateriza! Haha!

Vă pup și vă îmbrățișez! Sper că v-a plăcut si v-a fost util acest articol!

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Bye Bye! Going back to Dubai! 🌞
Andra

 

 

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Amsterdam


If there is something I love more about Amsterdam, it’s simply the fact I can walk around in a busy afternoon and look at the people. Yes, you got me right. This city is so busy, specially on weekends and I love how people are living their life freely. No one will ever point at you because of what you are wearing and the people do have a high sense of fashion there, highlighting the street style. I have noticed, that, most of them like to mix between the branded clothes, perhaps accessories, and the vintage clothes; could be from a second hand shop (surprisingly, it’s not a shame to buy from there) or stuff, that perhaps belonged to your mother and grandmother and now it’s the time to make them proud by wearing it yourself. We all know how happy your grandma will be to see you wearing some decent clothes of hers, haha! Myself, I know it so well. 🙂

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The streets are colorful, people add life to them, between all the historical buildings and the canals which make Amsterdam a Venice of the North.

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   Despite the Red district or the crazy smell of the weed which, personally I don’t like, but could be interesting to experience, there is something for every traveler’s taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.

   I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and the best is that 90% of the population speaks English as a second language, so it’s very easy to find your way there, make friends or discover the real city. I’m not still sure if that is the reason why travelers like to go there, or maybe because of its reputation for tolerance; prostitution is legalized and licensed in Netherlands and very visible in Amsterdam, therefore the window prostitution. Ups!

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  Amsterdam was the first destination I have flown to, 3 years and a half ago and it’s always pleasant to go back and create more memories with my friends. I know, I’m lucky to get all of that in one package but I’m sure this is just the outcome of working hard in life, some quality time in a city with no boundaries.

  Talking about that, what captures my attention every time I go is the huge number of bikes I see literally everywhere. Mountains of bikes, sometimes I’m wondering how would you even find yours in a crowd like that, but for sure local people have their own way since, for them, it’s a way to commute to work, go to the shop and why not meeting a date for dinner. Two wheeling is a way of life there, not only chic but healthy, cause they are all in a good shape, plus I was looking at all the pretty ladies, wearing different dresses or skirts and riding the bikes, trying to make their way on the busy streets of Amsterdam, believe me, it’s a challenge to ride in the city.

  Bike bells “cling cling” and flowers sellers at every corner, that’s the spirit of the city and I totally love it.

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   If we have to talk about art, I believe it’s not much I can say because everything is in front of your eyes while you are walking around, you can bump into a masterpiece anytime and I guarantee you this will feed your soul. I would like to recommend you Rijksmuseum, I have been there, totally worth it, but expect to spend some time because it’s quite big, well organized though.

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   Oh, I was about to forget, you’ll need a lot of energy to explore the city and I’m sure at one point you’ll get so hungry that you’ll be able to eat anything anywhere. Don’t! A well deserved burger along with a beer, if you fancy it, will totally appease your hunger. And that is BurgerBar! Go for it!

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  Until next time,

    Andra

 

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