After seven weeks of living on campus as an airline cadet, I have come to a few first impressions. Being there long enough to start to get an understanding of how the day-to-day works, here are a few of my conclusions, tips, and things to watch when living on campus.
It's a quiet, sunny, Sunday morning here in Adelaide. I'm gazing out the window at the birds in the trees and the listening to the quiet hum of DA-40's flying around nearby. Yes, alike thousands of student pilot's before me, I'm grinding through a period of ground school. But surprisingly, I'm having a great time.
Captain of the Boeing 737 and Boeing 777, and Base Manager for Brisbane at Virgin Australia, Andrew Bauer is one of the best mentor figures I have had so far. He's a people person through and through and leads with compassion and empathy. Everyone knows him and everyone respects him because he is good at what he does and he is genuine about it. I can only hope that I will, one day, become half the pilot he is today. He is the best introduction to this new segment of my blog: Awesome Humans.
With initial applications submitted in May last year followed by almost six months of testing, interviews and a good two months of waiting for our start date, the Virgin Australia Pilot Cadetship for 2019 - Group VA5 - has finally begun.
In an industry that actually does seem to be about who you know, the best time to test the waters and get started on building your network is while you're still studying or training. Here are some ideas tailored to student pilots, engineers or management students, looking to find a way to start working on their own network in the aviation industry.
Yesterday I had my last rostered patrol at Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Lifesaving Club before I head off for Adelaide in January. It was a surprisingly eventful one, including about 50 blue bottle stings, all of varying levels of severity, a broken IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) engine in the middle of 2.5 metre surf, a couple... Continue Reading →
Who are they to decide whether we deserve to be in the career of our dreams? I recently attended a Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia Networking evening. The night was centralised around a panel discussion led by a variety of influential female industry leaders. There were about a hundred people at the event. To be honest,... Continue Reading →
When I was told I had been allocated to the July intake of the cadetship it honestly took a while to process that I was essentially being told to take a seven month holiday. I really didn't know what that meant. Coming to terms with it, I applied for a job on Hamilton Island and... Continue Reading →