That’s it! 5 weeks of training; countless exams, too much information, blood, sweat, laughter, tears, home work & finding food has finished.. I have my wings!
I apologise for being a couple of days late with this post – I actually received my wings on Tuesday, but I’ve come back home to Essex & been organising my car and tidying and seeing friends etc which has meant that I haven’t had the time to update you guys, so forgive me.
The day started out with a tour of Terminal 5 of Heathrow. From friends that are cabin crew, I’ve found out that this has only just been re-introduced as part of the end of the course which I am so thankful for as I have (shamefully) never set foot in Terminal 5 before. We were shown in a step by step stage exactly where we will need to report to & how to go through the system from check-in to plane which was so handy as I am a pro-active/kinaesthetic learner – I learn by doing things – so to be shown it means I’m going to remember it a lot easier. The tour was actually so interesting as it’s a place that you would only ever see by being crew, so I felt very privileged. If you’re coming to the end of your course, enjoy your tour through the terminal – ask as many questions as you need, and just soak it all in.. it’s interesting!
The wings ceremony was surprisingly more emotional than I thought it would be.. I think we all shed a little tear. Despite only being a group of 5, we have been together for 5 weeks through all the good times & rough times & we came through it together, so we felt a massive sense of achievement for ourselves and for each other, we were proud of each other for getting through 🙂 I have to admit, it was a very proud moment for me to put on the full uniform & be given my actual wings.. it’s crazy. Pinning them on my jacket & receiving my name badge meant that I was now a member of cabin crew & I could join everyone else………. god help them! haha.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at all about what’s to come. I am so nervous about the thought of being crew for the very first time, serving paying customers who don’t know me, being a part of a crew who have absolutely no idea who I am.. but I am excited at the same time – I’m excited to learn the “tricks of the trade” & to put into practise everything that I have been taught throughout the whole of training. When you’re training, even when you’re doing your practicals, you just cannot imagine a whole plane full of passengers & actually serving them.. it’s just bizarre!
I think wings day was without a doubt one of my favourite days throughout the whole of the course. Everything I have been through has been worth it for the sense of relief, excitement & achievement when I was handed those wings.
If you’re going through training right now, or you’re about to start soon, I can promise you.. it will be worth it. Yes, it’s going to be hard work. Yes it’s going to be a lot of work. Yes there will be studying to do with late night homework. Yes you will cry at least once. Yes you will be tired…. but you will have so much fun, you will meet new people who are going through the exact same thing as you who are feeling the exact same way you are. The one piece of advice I can give to you is not to compare yourself to anyone else on your course. Everyone has a different learning style & learns at their own pace; despite being part of the same Mixed Fleet team, we are all individuals. You are your own person & you will go on your own journey, but you will be part of the best organisation who will do nothing but help you the whole way through.. you’re not alone. Enjoy it, it’s going to be the best experience of your life.
I am now a fully fledged member of the British Airways Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew. The journey begins now.
Are you coming?