Where I’ve been: I’m now on the Emirates Business Promotions team!

It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates. When I received my golden call and accepted the opportunity, I decided to set a few goals for myself within the company.

Today, I am happy to share with you that I have achieved one of these goals. You are looking at one of the newest members of the Emirates Business Promotions team!

This means that I will be representing the airline at numerous events around the world (such as tennis matches, baseball games etc.) and speaking to media. I may also be selected to appear on television and participate in Emirates official photo shoots and commercials. I’m not sure when my first event will be, but I’m really looking forward to this new adventure!

As I’ve said before in my previous posts, I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates twice before being selected. Even though being turned down the first time was discouraging, I picked myself up and tried again. Now look what I’ve managed to accomplish! The moral of this story and why I’m sharing all of this with you is because I believe that..

…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfil your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible”

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this crazy journey. I hope I’m making you proud! ❤

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Your Cabin Crew Questions Answered

This week I was going to write about my layover in Munich, Germany, but I got pulled off the flight and ended up operating a turnaround to Malé, Maldives. SO, instead of that, I thought it would be cool to answer some of the questions you guys have been asking me on social media about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates. (Note: I will be adding questions like this once a month to my Q&A page here).

1. Why did you move to Dubai to become Cabin Crew with Emirates?

There are many reasons why I chose to move to Dubai and become Cabin Crew with Emirates. In short, I saw it as an opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures, live abroad and meet new people from around the globe.

One of my favourite quotes in life is ‘in the end you only regret the chances you didn’t take,’ so when I received my golden call after having applied twice, I felt as though I had to accept the position. In my eyes, it was fate. You can read all about my experience with the Emirates application process here.

2. How much time do you get to spend in other countries when you are flying?

The length of a layover depends on multiple factors such as aviation regulations, the scheduled departure time/arrival time of an aircraft, the destination itself and sometimes even the weather! Cabin Crew usually get around 24 hours, but again it depends on the above. The longest layover I’ve had was 32 hours and the shortest one was 16 hours.

3. Did you go to school to become a flight attendant?

No. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have any experience in aviation to become Cabin Crew with Emirates. The airline teaches you everything you need to know at the Aviation College in Dubai.

For example, I have a BA Hons. degree in Political Science and Health Studies from McMaster University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. -No aviation experience at all! 🙂

Got a question for me? You can leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I can’t respond to everyone individually but please know that I do read everything you send to me and appreciate your support!

Next Stop: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Month of May

My apologies for the lack of updates in May! I applied for my annual leave this month, and had the opportunity to visit my friends and family back in Canada for two weeks.

All full-time Emirates employees are entitled to paid annual leave. The number of working hours of this time provided per calendar year is related to our job grade. As Cabin Crew, we get about 30 days a year and a round trip ticket home courtesy of the airline.

Over the course of the two weeks I spent a lot of my time between cities in Southern Ontario. This included London where I was born and raised, Hamilton where I attended University and Toronto where I was working before moving to Dubai.

One of my favourite memories from my journey home was celebrating the Victoria Day May 2-4 long weekend with some of my old classmates at a friend’s cottage in Fenelon Falls. I love the city life, but nothing beats Ontario cottage country this time of year!

Despite all of this excitement, I’m looking forward to returning to the skies! My roster for the month of June will be out in the next couple of days and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

February Roster

It’s hard to believe that it’s already my fourth month with Emirates. Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

My roster for the month of February consists of:

  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Washington, D.C., United States

I’m off sick for the next week, which is why I only have four flights scheduled. Despite this, February is still going to be a good month! I’m really excited to visit these new destinations.

Buckle up, adventure calls!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

My first month in Dubai

crewHey everyone!

I’ve been living in Dubai for over a month now, and I am glad that I made the decision to come here. It was tough, and the first few days were the hardest, but I’m thankful I have been able to make the friends that I have.

The first two weeks were challenging. When I first arrived in Dubai, I was taken right to my accommodation. I had two days to myself before I started “induction”– an introductory week prior to training. This gave me the opportunity to check out the area I was placed in, and to get to know my “flatmate” –a fancy term for roommate.

On the first day of induction, you are divided into “batches” –groups of people.  Those in your batch are referred to as your “batch mates”, and you train together for the two months you are at the Emirates Aviation College for. We ended up becoming the best of friends in my case, and have done so much together since joining!

The actual training commences during your second week. Classes can be difficult, but the support you receive from your teachers and your peers is incredible. I’m now in my fifth week, and will be receiving my full uniform soon- red hat and all!

I could go on and on about training, but if you have any specific questions you’d like me to try and answer for you, shoot me a comment either here or through social media! I’m going to do as best I can to answer them all, and update the blog every week.

Cheers!

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.