How I Became Emirates Cabin Crew

In July 2015, I found myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. A friend of mine, we’ll call her Julie, had posted pictures of a recent trip to Paris that peaked my interest. After scrolling through her album, it became apparent that this wasn’t just a trip- it was a layover. Julie was Cabin Crew for Emirates and her job involved travelling the world.

After speaking with Julie and conducting some research online, I decided take a leap of faith and apply to Emirates with the hope of being just like her. Thankfully, this crazy dream of mine came true.

When I share with people that I am Emirates Cabin Crew, I am often asked -how did you apply, or how can I apply too? So today, I am going to share with you my experience with the Emirates Cabin Crew hiring process, and some of the current requirements for the position.

Prior to applying to Emirates, I read the requirements on the Emirates Group Careers website. As of right now, Emirates Cabin Crew must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of joining
  • Have an arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Have a minimum height of 160 cm
  • Be a high school graduate (Grade 12)
  • Have fluency in English (Written and Spoken)
  • Have no visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted)
  • Must be physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements

I encourage you to read the requirements online too, as they may have changed since I posted them above.

If you meet the requirements, there are four steps that I became familiar with in the hiring process that you should be aware of. These have been detailed below along with my personal experiences:

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STEP 1: APPLY ONLINE

Using the Emirates Group Careers website, I submitted an online application. This was because I was hoping to receive an invitation to their Assessment Day. Emirates Cabin Crew Assessment Days are by invitation only. In order to be considered, you must apply online. Spaces are limited, so I figured this would mean that less people would attend and thus, my odds at landing the position would (hopefully) be better!

There is also the option to submit your résumé/CV to Emirates on an Open Day. Open Days are information sessions that give you the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work as Emirates Cabin Crew. They allow you to meet the recruitment team and begin the process of starting your new career with Emirates. If you’ve got what it takes, following the Open Day, you’ll be invited to attend the Emirates Cabin Crew screening and assessment process.

In some countries Emirates may work with a recruitment agency, and the process to apply may differ as a result. For this reason, again, I encourage you to check the Emirates Group Careers website. There you will also find a list of all Assessment Days.

When I submitted my application online, I found out that I had been shortlisted for an Assessment Day a week or so later by email. This could be because they were recruiting in my area at this time, so if you don’t hear back right away do not be worried.

For more information on Open Days and Assessment Days, click here.

STEP 2: SCREENING, ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS

During the screening, assessment and selection process, the recruitment staff discuss and identify the most suitable candidates for the role.

On my Assessment Day, candidates completed several group activities to help the recruitment team make their selection. They slowly eliminated candidates throughout the day (after each activity), and at the end of this process, I was asked to come back for a final interview the following day. Following my final interview, I found out I was successful 3 weeks later.

Step 3: POST SCREENING, ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS // THE GOLDEN CALL

If you are successful after interview or assessment you will receive an email, phone call or letter from the recruitment staff advising you of the outcome. I personally received what Cabin Crew refer to this as the golden call – a phone call from Human Resources Employee Services (HRES).

If you are unsuccessful after interview or assessment, you will receive a computer generated letter advising you of the outcome. 

Please note- I was unsuccessful the first time I applied, but was successful the next. If becoming Cabin Crew with Emirates is something you are passionate about, keep trying! You can apply every 6 months.

Step 4: JOINING FORMALITIES

Following my golden call, I was contacted again by the Human Resources Employee Services to make the necessary arrangements to deliver my employment contract and relevant documentation.

It took me about a month to get everything I needed together following my golden call. HRES was very helpful and assisted me with the process.

To give you a sense of timing, my interview was in June 2015 and I moved to Dubai in November this same year. My moving process was delayed on my personal account because I was finishing a postgraduate certificate and my program concluded at the end of October.

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I hope this post has helped to provide some clarity about the Emirates Cabin Crew application process. Remember, although this was my experience, I encourage you to visit the Emirates Group Careers website as the process may have changed since I was recruited.

If you have any further questions, please send them my way and I will try my best to answer them for you!

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“Buckle up, adventure calls”

Happy New Year!

I couldn’t have ended 2015 on a better note. Thursday was my last day of service training and my peers voted for my friend Melissa and I to represent them on our batch’s last practical assessment- a simulated flight to Doha. The passengers on this simulated flight included our instructors, new joiners and of course, our batchmates themselves (who we’ve worked with throughout our Emirates training). It was an honour to be selected for this and a privilege to work alongside three of our good friends too- Ryan, Tony and Alex! (centre back, from L to R).

Here we are following our “arrival” to DOH from DXB. Our instructor, Antonio, acted as our Purser (centre). An instructor from the guys batch, Andre, acted as our Cabin Supervisor (left). It went really well and I’m so thankful for the opportunity.

Looking forward to 2016!

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My first roster

The last two weeks of training college have been incredible. It’s so hard to believe that in just a few weeks, I’ll get to start flying!

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My first roster -which is a term we use as another way of saying schedule- consists of the following destinations:

  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Karrachi, Pakistan
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Changi, Singapore

I’m really looking forward to having layovers in Australia and Singapore. A layover in my terminology refers to the rest period cabin crew receive between flights.

My flights to Singapore and Australia are considered to be multi-sector. This means that they will be broken up into segments. For example, I’ll start my day in Dubai and fly to Singapore (DXB-SIN). When I reach Singapore, after my layover, I’ll fly to Melbourne (SIN-MEL). Following my layover in Melbourne, I’ll return to Singapore (MEL-SIN), and then I’ll head back to Dubai after another rest period (SIN-DXB).

The first two flights that I’ll be on are called soupy flights. To my understanding, “soupy” is a slang term for supervision. My duties on those flights will be to familiarize myself with the aircraft, and to watch how the cabin crew conduct their service.

I’m really looking forward to the weeks ahead, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my journey.

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Merry Christmas from Dubai!

This is the first time I’ve been away from my family for the holidays, but I’m thankful that I got the chance to spend time with the amazing friends that I’ve made here in Dubai. Some people don’t have anyone to share their holidays with, so I feel extremely blessed to have these people in my life!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and of course, a Happy New Year!

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Image: The Emirates Aviation College got in the Christmas spirit and “decked the halls” of the building’s cafeteria.

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My first month in Dubai

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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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