December Flying & Exams

1 Dec

It’s that time of the month again….roster time!

December this year has a not-so-nice little surprise on the cards – my yearly SEP exams!

We have to pass these recurrent exams once a year (held over 2 days) to keep our flying licenses valid, and somehow this year I’ve been lucky enough to be rostered them on the 24th and 25th of December. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!! That’s the downside of working for a muslim airline, I guess!

Looks like I’ll be celebrating Christmas in training college; I’ll have to take in some mince pies to make things a bit more festive!

Other than that I have flights to:

  • Singapore
  • San Fransisco (I was originally rostered Mauritius and Bangkok, but swapped those for San Fran to get extra days off before my leave)
  • Leave (where I have 2 special guests coming to stay for a few days – mum & dad!)
  • SEP exams
  • Paris
  • Paris

I’m trying to swap at least one of the Paris’ (seeing as I’ve also just been there, and 3 flights to the same place in a month can get a bit repetitive!) so I’ll see if I manage to change that.


P.s. Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @rachelwwilson for more day to day updates of what’s happening in my life!


41 Responses to “December Flying & Exams”

  1. Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 23:48 #

    Looks like an interesting roster ! How many hours are you staying in each city?

    • The Dubai Diaries December 2, 2014 at 01:50 #

      I guess it’s ok – was hoping for somewhere new though! 24 hours for all except San Fran which is 48 hours! πŸ™‚

  2. gabrielseed December 2, 2014 at 00:23 #

    Good luck with your exams!

  3. Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 01:37 #

    i asked you a question on your previous blog but you didn’t asnwer it, so ill ask again.

    say for instince you have a flight to vienna, and its one of those 3 day flights, so you decide you want to spend those 3 days with your family, how would it work out? would you have to go to the hotel first, pick up your allowance and then be allowed to go home for the three days and spend the nights with your family, or do you have to spend the three nights in the hotel that your crew is staying in?

    • Lusy December 2, 2014 at 02:33 #

      She actually did reply to it. You dont have to be so mean and pushy.

  4. Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 07:43 #

    You should try to get Boston!

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:18 #

      I would absolutely love to! However we fly there on the 777 (which I rarely fly on any more!) so I don’t think I’ll be getting a trip there any time soon 😦

  5. Lisa December 3, 2014 at 18:25 #

    Hope your Christmas isn’t too much of a damper with exams! haha. As always, thank you for your informative, updated blogs, and for being so responsive to the comments we leave(: Wondering if you could maybe do a blog post on your beauty regime/products you use? I just got my “joining formalities in progress” update today and am skipping a few steps and thinking of what to stock up on before moving to Dubai, as I heard make up could be expensive! Any tips on products would be great since god knows what flying does to our skin! Safe flights xx

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:19 #

      Fingers crossed I pass all my exams, then Christmas won’t be too awful haha! Sure, I’ll definitely do that, although I have to admit I’m terrible at keeping up any sort of routine when it comes to beauty! Congrats on getting the job!

  6. Jazzy December 3, 2014 at 21:46 #

    good luck with your exams. I love paris. I would o there 3 times in a month haha

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:20 #

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Haha ok it could be worse couldn’t it πŸ˜›

  7. Mixa December 4, 2014 at 19:51 #

    What are the most common this that passengers ask from you when they are pressing that call button? Which ones are the most annoying? How does cabin crew rotate when answering them, can you somehow avoid it?

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:21 #

      Usually they are asking for water/something to drink! Most annoying is when they press it by accident and it’s right at the front of the cabin, haha! We just take it in turns really!

  8. Mari Coetzee December 4, 2014 at 23:51 #

    Will be thinking of you Christmas. Good luck with exams!

  9. shalini December 5, 2014 at 10:54 #

    Hey..amazing blog. I just want to ask you if you can show us your resume it’ll be really helpful.I am 17 and figuring out what should I do to get this job when I’ll be 21 or 22 like you did. Plzzz

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:22 #

      HI, thanks for reading! The resume is not really the most important part – they’re looking for any customer service related job experience really. That could be anything from waitressing to working in a shop – anything you could do part time while still in school/uni!

  10. Anonymous December 6, 2014 at 01:05 #

    Hi πŸ™‚ can I contact you on mail or facebook? I need to ask you some questions about workin with emirates. Thanks a lot.

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:23 #

      You can send me a direct message on Twitter if you like – I don’t have a Facebook page for the blog and I prefer not to give out my personal one πŸ™‚

  11. ireneirony December 7, 2014 at 18:42 #

    Hi! really like your blog! I’m a crew member to be (joining in 2 months). I have one question: how long before do you need to book leave (3/4 days) and can you do it on your probation? I know you can’t take leave on probation, but can you still apply for when you will have got your wing? (I am planning to attend a wedding and I am considering whether this would be possible if it’s basicallyt straight after graduation :)! ) Thank you! Irene

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:26 #

      Congrats on getting the job! πŸ™‚ You book your leave once a year for the whole year, however you can try and change the dates every other month or so. Booking the tickets is different; you can book them a month, a week or a day before! If you’re flying on standby you won’t know until right before the flight if you’re on or not, so it doesn’t make much difference when you book them. You can take leave during probation (I went home for 10 days after about 5 months), and they are usually very helpful if you have a wedding πŸ™‚

      • ireneirony December 16, 2014 at 02:02 #

        That’s great, thank you very much! :)!!!

  12. Petra December 9, 2014 at 15:25 #

    Dear Rachel, I really like your blog, it is very nice and positive and i feel like traveling with you πŸ™‚ But what happened with Joey? πŸ™‚

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:27 #

      Thanks for reading! Glad you like my blog πŸ™‚ Joey and I broke up a while ago.

  13. Francesca December 10, 2014 at 02:55 #

    Your blog is amazing!!I’m a cabin Crew too and it’s very nice sharing the same feeling …good and bad with someone who has the same lifestyle!!!!!Keep on going!!!I’ll cross you in the Sky!!!

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:28 #

      Aw thanks for reading! I always wonder if there are other cabin crew who read my blog!! πŸ™‚

  14. Emma December 10, 2014 at 22:17 #

    Hi, love your blog. Just received my golden email today to say my application for cabin crew has been successful. So ive been reading our blog and now im getting excited. Just got to wait for some more news now πŸ™‚

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:29 #

      Congrats on the email πŸ™‚ Does that mean you’ve got the job? Or that you still need to attend the assessment day?

  15. anonymous December 12, 2014 at 13:18 #

    Hi rachael!
    Now that Naomi’s flatmate is moving home, will you move back in with her?
    Good luck

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:29 #

      Hi! No, I moved so I could be closer to the city, and I’m in a great location now so I have no plans to move any time soon πŸ™‚

  16. KvoStava December 13, 2014 at 16:40 #

    How often do you have airport standby? What do you do when on standby? Do you still get paid for sitting even if they don’t assign you a trip?

    • The Dubai Diaries December 14, 2014 at 18:32 #

      I personally have only had it a couple of times! It’s generally for 4 hours, so you can read, play candy crush (haha!), listen to music, sleep (they have beds in the standby lounge I believe), check which flights are departing and panic about getting put on a lovely night turnaround… πŸ˜‰ Anything you fancy really haha! Yep you get paid as it’s still counted as a duty.

  17. Anonymous December 15, 2014 at 00:35 #

    Hi yes ive got the job but the training courses are full until mid february so they are keeping me on file for just know. Hoping I hear more news soon with training dates πŸ™‚

  18. Emma December 15, 2014 at 00:36 #

    Thats my comment above by the way forgot to add in my details ha

  19. Anonymous December 15, 2014 at 16:02 #

    Do you know if emirates have ever hired anyone between 30 – 35 age

  20. Anonymous December 18, 2014 at 10:12 #

    hi Rachel,I followed you on Twitter and Instagram. I’m 17 years old and I’m writing to you from Mauritius. I dream of becoming a flight attendant but I don’t want to work for the national carrier as I’ve heard bad things about the airline and the crew. Above all there are only 3 airlines(Emirates,Eithad and Qatar) recruiting cabin crew and I’ve made my choice on Emirates.I want to know if you can give me some details on the assessment day, final interview and some tips on what should I do to maximise the chance of being selected?
    And when you”ll land in Mauritius let me know so that I can give you some good places to visit.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • The Dubai Diaries December 21, 2014 at 17:34 #

      Hi there! Well to start you’ll have to wait a few years as they don’t recruit anyone aged under 21 πŸ™‚ Other than that check out my blog from quite near the beginning where I wrote all about my assessment day/interview etc. There’s probably quite a few blogs with more recent information as well! Fingers crossed I get another Mauritius trip soon πŸ™‚

      • Anonymous December 23, 2014 at 00:54 #

        First of all, thank you very much for replying. πŸ™‚ Yeah unfortunately Emirates don’t recruit cabin crew below the age of 21. I’m so delighted that I’ve been able to talk to a flight attendant for the first time as a friend rather than as a passenger. You know one day when I’ve been to the airport I saw an Emirates crew going through the passport control, I was starring at them wishing that I was one of them doing the passport control and boarding that big A380. To finish I’ve sent you a tweet on twitter so that you can let me know when you’re coming to Mauritius then I’ll tell you about the nice places you can go.
        I just hope one day I can fly with you.

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