Gain experience and soar

Gain experience and soar

Are you a student or recent graduate and wondering about where your future is heading?

Knowing exactly what you want to do and where you want to work can seem daunting early on in your career. However, fear not as help could be at hand. Work experience is one of the best ways to find out more about the number of different paths available to you, along with being a great platform for building great contacts and expanding your CV.

While it may not be as simple as picking up the phone and bagging work experience, there are a number of ways you can develop your experience, and here’s our top 5 ways how.

 

Internships and Work Placements

Internships can take many forms, from one-year ‘sandwich’ placements, usually aimed at undergraduate university students who have completed two years of their degree (sometimes after year three if on an MEng programme) to summer placements. Bigger companies will often follow similar application patterns as graduate employment schemes, with online application forms which open at the start of the Autumn, and close at the end.

However, if you approach smaller companies, they may be more flexible on their application dates. Ensure to enrol with the careers service so you can be updated with all the latest opportunities as they become available.

If you fancy taking the bull by the horns, you could always apply for an internship or work placement to a company that isn’t advertising for someone. Your enthusiasm will make you stand out, and it might just convince them to take a chance on you.

Another way of getting experience is suggesting that could provide assistance during the summer months – a time when a lot of staff will typically be off on their annual leave.  

 

Volunteer

Aviation is a natural passion for many people, particularly the history of aviation. Up and down the UK, there are many aviation heritage museums which you could be a part of. Look out for the chance to volunteer in any aircraft restoration projects as they are great ways of developing your teamwork and project management skills – all which will look great on your CV.

We recommend you take a look at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, the Imperial War Museum, the Jet Age Museum and the Yorkshire Air Museum.

 

Competitions

You have to be in it to win it! There are numerous competitions on and offline which you could take part in – and some with fantastic prizes! We recommend the Flying Start Challenge. Even if you don’t win, just taking part shows great enthusiasm and innovation. Plus you never know who you’ll meet along the way!

 

Join a club

Air safety is of paramount importance in aviation and aerospace, so developing that mindset early on will only serve you well later on in your career. Accessing placements with airlines and airports can be tricky due to restrictions on security and age. However, by joining a flying club, you’ll be able to connect with thousands of other individuals who fly as a hobby. There are many aerodromes in the UK with flying clubs, all which could potentially give you experience and insight you’re looking for. Furthermore, look out for aerodromes that are close to major airports or aviation manufacturers as you may make some useful connections with other members of the club. Many people who work in the industry fly as a hobby, but not commercially. You never know who you might get chatting to!

 

When all else fails

Don’t be disheartened if you feel like none of these are working out for you. Even working or volunteering for a company outside of the aviation industry can help you to develop your skills – all which can be transferable once the opportunity arises.

Employers want to see that you can not only do a job, but that you’ll fit in with the team, that you can work independently and responsibly. You can show these skills in any job so don’t be afraid to showcase what you’ve learnt when you need to.  

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Reflecting the global demand for pilots, Flight Crew Futures ​is a major recruitment event which supports commercial pilots, plus recently-graduated ATPLs and low-hour candidates, by providing an opportunity to explore new and exciting career progression opportunities under one roof . The fourth Flight Crew Futures ​event ​will be held at the London Gatwick Hilton​ on Wednesday 17 October 2018. ​

Entry is free and candidates can drop-in anytime between 1000-1600. Wendy Pursey, Head of Membership and Career Services at BALPA, and a supporter of the event, said Flight Crew Futures​ is: “Attended by pilots who are thinking about a change of career, thinking about going to different airlines. They are able to speak to those airlines directly and get honest feedback.”

“They are able to speak to those airlines directly and get honest feedback.”

“Flight Crew Futures​ will partner visiting pilots with airlines and agencies who are seeking to recruit either experienced, low-hour (fATPL) or newly-graduated ATPL cadets,” says Darran Ward, FCF Event Manager. “FCF offers a great chance to meet directly with the ​ airlines and pilot recruiters in a single venue, and gather all the facts and career advice in an informal environment. “

In addition, we’ve extended the reach of FCF to include recently graduated ATPLs, to assist ​ next-generation pilots in securing their first FO position and help low-hour candidates start their career.”

 

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What training should cabin crew have?

What training should cabin crew have?

By Patricia Green

As part of your cabin crew initial training and then your yearly recurrent check, you will learn and have to pass modules in aviation health and medicine. This gives you an advanced first aid training especially applicable to working at altitude, being onboard an aircraft and potential risks of illness/stress/fatigue when flying.

Serious incidents are rare, but you may face day to day small issues due to cuts, fear of flying, nausea, ear problems and so on. It is rare to have assistance onboard to deal with medical scenarios, so it is your responsibility as a crew member to know how to spot, diagnose and treat potential medical issues. Here we break down what aviation health and medicine is and what you should know by the end of your training.

Decompression in the cabin

Physiology of flight is a crucial element and the first thing you will learn – what flying and altitude do to the body and the conditions that may occur or be affected. Air and gas inside the body will expand as altitude increases and can cause pain in the ears, sinus, abdomen, lungs and teeth. Serious conditions such as lung disease and heart disease may require therapeutic oxygen onboard.

The use of oxygen and knowledge of oxygen systems on the aircraft is important as after a decompression for example (lowering of cabin pressure due to loss of a window/hole in fuselage) gives only minutes for passengers and crew to obtain oxygen before they may be rendered unconscious, depending on whether it is a slow or rapid decompression. Both can be fatal if not understood properly and you will learn the signs of decompression in the cabin (fog in cabin, rushing sound, cold air, fluids boiling over and objects moving around) during your emergency procedures training.

You will learn the signs of hypoxia too which would occur during decompression, which include breathing rapidly, confusion, sleepiness and euphoria – this unrecognized is fatal and can potentially affect all crew and passengers if oxygen is not received – hence the automatic dropping of oxygen masks when the cabin altitude reaches 14,000 feet.

Other conditions and medical emergencies covered during your training include:

• Asthma, shock, choking, heart attack and stroke
• Stress reactions and allergic reactions, gastro-intestinal disturbance
• Epilepsy, diabetes, febrile convulsions, poisoning
• Hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia
• Childbirth
• Burns, wounds, fractures, soft tissue injuries
• CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), Unconsciousness
• Common problems for passengers include dehydration, hyperventilation, nose bleed and air sickness

You will also learn about the medicines available onboard, the first aid kits and how to use them and emergency equipment such as the defibrillator and oxygen bottles. Ultimately, a cabin crew member should be able to:

• Assess and observe passenger/crew condition
• Identify the illness or injury
• Give appropriate and immediate treatment
• Prevent the condition deteriorating and promote recovery until landing and receiving medical assistance on the ground.

Other topics considered during training are travel health (avoiding malaria, vaccinations and infectious diseases as well as appropriate eating), crew health (staying healthy and fit as a crew member) and sleep physiology (circadian rhythm and fatigue).

You also will learn about such things as hygiene onboard, disinfecting the aircraft, disposing of clinical waste and what to do in case of death onboard. This training session is usually covered within 5 days and you will have to perform and pass a written exam as well as a practical exam covering CPR, unconsciousness and use of the defibrillator. Your aviation health and medicine training is not just essential for the role of cabin crew but will serve you well in daily life as you never know when first aid is needed and one day you just may save a life.

About the author:

Patricia Green has been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for seven years and also an SCCM. She has also worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. Last year Patricia moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a Cabin Crew Consultant. She advises potential crew how to get their dream job and helps experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, Patricia has written a series of E-books to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.

For more information please visit www.cabincrewconsultant.weebly.com

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