So, after months and months of waiting with referencing seeming to take years.. I finally got some progress! On Thursday last week I received an email inviting me to attend a medical assessment and uniform fitting. It sounds really silly, but I was actually so excited to receive the email, because it meant I am one stage closer to actually starting training & it meant that things were moving in the right direction!
For those of you that haven’t yet had your medical assessment & uniform fitting, or if you just want to know some information on what the day is like, I’ll let you know my experience….
My appointment was at 8:30am on Friday morning. Now, people that know me know I am not a morning person, so I decided to check into Travelodge (London Heathrow Central) the night before. I got there mid-afternoon, got to my room & then I drove to British Airways HQ Waterside just to make sure I knew exactly where I was going for the morning. There was some confusion with the lady on the gate as to whether or not I could park there in the morning which sent me into a sheer panic! However, I was re-assured by the beautiful people on the Facebook page (the link is in my previous post – Social Media) that I would be able to park as they had done, so I could rest happy. I’d never stayed in a hotel on my own overnight before.. it was very odd; however, I really needed the rest & relaxation.. so I had some dinner, grabbed 2 bottle of Pepsi Max from the bar, and headed to my room. I was in bed watching tele at 7:30pm. I’m so rock’n’roll! haha.
Now I’m one for preperation, so I was awake at 6:30am ready to check out and get on the road at 7:45am. Waterside is only a 10min drive up Bath Road from the Travelodge, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to hit any traffic. When you get to Waterside, you just need to state that you’re there for your medical & your name and the person on the gate guides you through. I arrived at Waterside around 8:00am-ish and went in to reception in plenty of time 🙂
One of the things I cannot suggest highly enough is to get your vaccination history from your doctors prior to your appointment & take it with you.. the doctors and nurses will love you! It makes the process so much easier. I didn’t have breakfast before I left which was luck as they had actually run out of the one & only vaccination I needed that day (so I have to go back during training to receive it), but I would definitely suggest to have something to eat & drink before you go, just incase you do have to have a couple of injections.
When I was done with your medical, I was collected from the health centre by one of the BA staff & taken to my uniform fitting. By far, this was the most surreal part of the whole process so far for me, yet the most exciting!! Seeing myself in the uniform for the first time, trying on all the bits & pieces and getting your sizes was very odd! Odd in a good way, obviously, but seeing myself in the uniform.. yeah, I need to get used to that! Head over to my Instagram on the right hand side of this page to check me out in my uniform 🙂
I said in my previous post that you will end up finding people on the same course as you on the Facebook page. When you go to your medical, you may get the chance to actually meet them, which is even more surreal, yet exciting.. it makes it seem like it really is happening! I met 3 people that are going to be on my course, & they’re great people – I wish I was going to be flying with them all the time!
Just to be back at Waterside was exciting – last time I went there was back in October when I was a nervous applicant keeping everything crossed that I would get the job, not knowing what to expect & leaving still not knowing whether I had got through. This time, my job offer is conditional, my referencing is nearly finished, & I know what I’m going to look like in the uniform! I’m weird, I like days like this – getting things done.. it feels like I’ve accomplished something.. so I had a great day!
Have you had your medical & uniform fitting yet? What was your experience?
Comment below & let me know! If you have any questions regarding the day, just ask, I’ll answer as soon as I can!