Why did you apply to Jet2.com?
Debbie: When Jet2.com began flying out of Leeds Bradford Airport I phoned up to get an application form for my daughter, but she was too young. I kept thinking about the job – it was short haul, it was local, my children were independent. I was fed up with my old job and thought, I can do that!
Darren: I’ve wanted to work on planes ever since I was a child and went on my first holiday! I saw all the publicity when Jet2.com moved into Leeds Bradford Airport and I thought this was ideal – I wouldn’t have to relocate so I wrote a letter introducing myself.
How did you feel on the interview day?
Darren: I felt like a fish out of water but very excited!
Debbie: I wasn’t going to go! I thought I was too old. Then when I got the job I couldn’t believe what I had done – it was going to be a total life change.
Did you enjoy the training?
Debbie: It was very hard work but by the end of it I had made some brilliant friends, and was also known as Mummy Debbie! There was a great mix of ages on the course. I started out as a main crew member and over the years I progressed to a senior cabin crew member and for the past two years I have been a cabin crew trainer.
Darren: I remember my first training flight was to Barcelona – I was so nervous I was burning a lot of emotional energy that day! Then on my first time as a fully trained cabin crew member I remember flying over the Pyrenees watching the passenger’s heads wobble during the turbulence thinking, can this be real?
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of applying?
Darren: Make sure the job is for you – be genuine, honest and just be yourself. You cram so much into one working day – visiting two countries, meeting over 400 people a day. Cabin crew is not as stereotypical as it sounds – you are the police, paramedics, fire men, cleaners, cooks and entertainers all in one!
Debbie: I used to have a career in hairdressing and changing to be cabin crew is the best thing I have ever done. I have never looked back. You need plenty of support from your family and friends and you must believe in yourself.
If you like the sound of Debbie and Darren’s career in the sky why not come along to one of our Open Assessment Days? Click on www.jet2.com/jobs for more information.