Oct 24, 2014

DXB | Its been a week!


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If you'd been following my journey in instagram (@valentiney) then you must'd seen most of this picture here :)
So my flight to DXB was early morning on a friday exactly a week ago from today! I was quite nervous, I didn't know what to expect then. But things went really fast yet real organised from the moment I got off the plane. My joining flight was even more amazing, the crews were all so energetic and real engaging. They also gave me this card + photo as a keepsake, tooooo sweet :')
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Induction Week
Induction week is busy; medicals, orientation briefing , we were given our red polo as the training and many other stuff. Then off we go to the college. The college is real beautiful. The exterior had this grand feeling, like being welcomed inside a prestigious university. We also had the first look at the college's cafeteria with a stunning view of Dubai and the city golf centre. Its also the first time we all as multicultural people in one abinitio.


Day before our training week begins, we were fitted, measured and given our company luggage.

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the lovely set to follow through my ek journey :D

 Dubai itsself has been pretty amazing and luxurious had an amazing time exploring the city! Meanwhile,  the intense training has officially begun, I'm back to student mode giving my best to eventually obtain my wings!
 

Oct 7, 2014

After Emirates Final Interview

In case you missed, here's the part 1 and part 2

This would be the final part which pretty much sums up my process with EK.
After FI, you'll need to wait for a few while till you get an official response from them on whether you get the job or not. This process require LOADS of patience. I still remember how I was so anxious, paranoid and constantly on the lookout for my status to change on their site.

I have my FI on the 28 July and about a week later (4/8), my status changed to IC (Interview Completed). Still worried and anxious as IC status don't really mean anything, I was told it may perhaps mean they have all your documents and that its passed down to Dubai for further deliberation.
In between this process, I got two missed calls and an email from them, which asks for some of my personal information. I got panicked and practically blamed myself so much for missing their call (I was on the plane when they call). Anyway, I emailed them back asap.

Then, after about a week of severely torturing waiting process, I got this 'Offer Accepted' (OA) status. I was confused and not sure what to think, as this is probably the first time I'd seen such status. (The commonly seen status is IC/JFIP).

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I was told by many that this status sounds positive, but still, I wasn't feeling happy or sad, I was practically emotionless, I browsed through everywhere and nobody have that status before. So there ya go, another sleepless night! haha

2 days later, whilst in the state of zombie, I wake up to this JFIP status! (JFIP is a positive sign forward). I was so relieved and really really happy!
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Then, 2 hours later, (yes, before I could even Keep Calm). I'd got the Golden Call from them!!
To add on to the drama,  my phone keep auto-cancelling their call and its already their 4th call attempt! I was so frustrated and really panicky! Luckily, they called my another phone and it got thru just fine PHEW.

"Hi, is this Sylvie? *went on saying the most awesome thing I'd ever heard*"
"THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!"

I was so happy and practically thank her like zillion times. Finally, finally!! I felt warm and fuzzy inside knowing that whatever I’ve gone through; My frustrations, my fears, my failures- it all was part of this eventual success. I was stronger, wiser, and more confident with this next chapter in my life. And it’s as if I could almost hear,

“Here is where you belong, my child.” 

//  My Timeline
27.07 : AD in Sydney
28.07 : FI
04.08 : IC
06.08 : Missed calls & email for info
11.08 : Offer Accepted status
13.08 : JFIP & GC (DOJ 10 Oct) !


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Sep 18, 2014

Emirates Assessment Part 2

In case you missed it, here's part 1


Assessment Day
As expected, the assessment was intense and stressful. I had to go through several rounds of eliminations before finally getting an invite for a final interview.  The event started at 9am, and I was early. I was there half past 7, I know, I know..But, really, I don't want to be late. So off I go, wearing my best corporate attire with my hair tied back and my court-heeled shoes trotting towards the venue hallway. I grasped my envelope containing all the things they need - and some others they might ask for.

In continuation from part 1, the real AD process begins. Since I'm #3, I was the first group in to get assessed. I was nervous and my heart was beating my chest so hard. I took a breath and smile to myself,  this, whatever it may lead to, I will enjoy it. As the rounds says 'Assessment' I knew, it was not a competition amongst the candidates. You aren't eliminated because the other candidates are more qualified than you are but because the recruiter did not see that you possess the skills they were looking for.

There were several group activities; the picture activity where we were given picture and asked to present their creative uses (mine's starfish), a group question to discuss & present, scenario based question (we got cruise ship) and role play activity. Then of course there's a reach test and a little q/a. There's elimination in each round, they did not give the white piece of paper like they do in the past, our numbers simply got called and those who didn't were ask to leave. 
There was cries, commotion and a whole load of emotions as each elimination occur. 

This is emirates, it could do this to you.

"Number 3" I  felt a burst of rainbow exploding within me when I heard my number, is this real life?!
 I held my breath knowing there's still few more steps till acceptance. 

The first group left about 4 people through FI but overall we have about 15 people to proceed to Final interview. After some briefing on paper work and choosing FI timing, I had my english test. Yes, we have ours at the very last round, had mine with 2 others. The rest of the Australians don't need it as its their mother tongue. The english test was quite tricky but I managed to finish it first, I then leave the room waiting for my papers to be marked. ' You passed ' said the recruiter. That marks the ending of the long and intense day. I prepared my documents and did the online psychometric test.

Final Interview
The final interview took place in a different venue, I chose mine to be day after the assessment. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was determined to show the recruiter that I was extremely nice, eager, and professional. FI was probably the most challenging for me, though, yes, the recruiter is being really nice and relaxed at this round. Questions were being pressed, details were asked, my hands were shaking, but my voice was strong and yet gentle. I was careful with my words, and I gave them my most sincere answers. And after for about an hour, we were done with the interview. I concluded it with my lines to leave an impression. Hoping for the best, I made my exit from the room.

I feel FI was the round where they see you at the most personal level, they wanted to make sure that you're not just acting your way through the AD. I was relieved for having to get through that round but I know there's a few more steps to get golden call...


Stay tuned for next final part!

/Update: Still getting busy with all the prepping, 22 days to go till dubai now :)!



Sep 1, 2014

Emirates Assessment Day (Part 1)


Emirates is one of the most sought after airlines for many cabin crew/applicants.There were a lot of postings and guide on becoming one. But the process was almost impossible to get through. Nevertheless, with the dream of making the world my home, I pursued. I applied online at the beginning of July and few days after, I got an invitation that says I was shortlisted to attend to their AD in Australia. I was so thrilled! The email instructed me to confirm back with them on which AD event I'm attending too and I did - to the Sydney AD on the 27 July . Just like that my day was made.

I got up really early on the d-day, getting everything prep and ready to go! I was the first to reach there so I took my own sweet time and did some touch up here and there. Its always better to be early than to be late! Nevertheless, more crowds start to come and the process begin..

The very first thing; we were asked to fill a form (given by them) followed by CV/photo and registration with the RO (recruiting officer). We were given numbers as we do this, and this number will be your identity throughout the assessment process. Mine was #3. There was a long queue to do this, but I get there rather early so I managed to be seated quite early. Then after, we were all presented on slides about Dubai, Emirates and just the overall environment there. The videos shown were all brand new and very well put. With that, our eagerness to join the EK family heightened. There was a brief Q/A session after that the RO announced for us to leave the room while she deliberate on who make the first cut. Thats right, the open-day kind of stage was held even though mine was an invite-only day, perhaps its due to the bigger turnout.

15mins later, she came out of the room and pasted a giant piece of paper with numbers on those people who make the cut in front of a door. I was extremely nervous, it would be sucha shame to go home on such early stage. First impression plays critical role on this round! I paced my way there and I saw it! My number was there! I'm relieved but can't be too happy yet as this is only the beginning next up is the actual beginning of the assessment rounds. However, about half the crowd was eliminated on this round.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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