Today I thought it would be fun if I told you what I do for a living and how I combine it with my private life and blogging. I get a lot of questions about my job at the airport. Interested yet?
As I was a little kid, I dreamt of working on an airplane or at the airport. As long as I had planes around me I didn’t really matter which one it was. But it always seemed to scare me to actually apply for an airport job. I never thought I would make it through the selections, mainly because of my languages. When you work at an international place here in Belgium it’s super important that you speak both Dutch and French since this country in devided in two different parts. If we want to be entirely correct, three parts because there’s also a German part. (Yes, Belgium is a very weir country). German is in contradiction to French not an obligated class during high school. So the most of us cannot speak a word. I learnt some while I was studying Tourism in college. Oh yes, and then there’s also English. A world language and very important at the airport!
When you start your job at the airport you must take a two week course before you can start. It’s a check in course. You do not only learn the ins and outs of the check in counter but also the system, how to handle people, etc. Afterwards there’s an on the field training of approximately 14-20 days. We learn how to do the check in of passengers independently and how to assist during the boarding of a flight. After six months we learn how to board a flight ourselves.
What does my day look like?
- I mostly wake up around 2-4 am in the morning, depending on what time I begin of course. Today, I started at 4:30 am and woke up at 2:30 am.
- I have about 15 minutes to get ready with a full face of makeup and decen my hair.
- Next up I have 15 minutes to have breakfast (yes everything is very planned ?). Mostly I eat the same breakfast every day: oatmeal with soy, rice, coconut or almond milk and cinnamon.
- Then I usually leave around 3:15 am to start a 50 min drive to work
- When I arrive at work, around 4:05, I usually take a cup of coffee to wake up (because yes, I am extremely tired then ??) and check out my planning of the day. Mostly I have to check in Passengers on our African or USA / Canada flights.
- I always have a 15 minute break to eat something small.
- I end at 10:30 am and drive back home.
There is no single day I do not have a discussion with passengers, which is normal because I’m or the good news teller that you can leave for your business trip, holiday or whatever event that let’s you take your plane or the bad news teller that tells you, you have to pay extra for the bags or you have missed your flight.
Sometimes those discussions can get bad. I even got a dead wish once because I didn’t let a passenger check in an extra bag without payment. I definitely don’t take it personally and it’s mostly said in the heath of the moment.
It’s the kind of job you either love or hate. There’s no in between. I love it. But it’s time for a new adventure and as you might have seen on Instagram, I got a job as a flight attendant! I cannot wait to start this new adventure. I will definitely keep you updated.
What do you think about this job?
Thank you for reading this blogpost and hope to see you again next time!