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Life as an SQ Gal...

Postby Waiting to sign bond » Sat, 15 Jul 2006 11:38 am

Hi,

Any SQ gals out there who can share with us any experiences
u may haf?

So many girls want to get in SQ...as you can tell fr this forum alone.

Anyone wants to tell us other wise?

Bcoz, according to the guy who intervewed me, SIA gets 40 resignations
every month.

Perhaps thts y they have such frequent recruitment drives?

Whats behind the real SG gal's life?

Being away fr home? Long distance Relationships? Salary? Is it possible to save alot? What r the jobscopes? Anyone wld like to disspell the myths of those promiscuous behaviour? What about those who r married? How has flying affected ur relationships? how is ur leave spaced out?

Pls share ur thots!

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Postby higgledy » Sat, 15 Jul 2006 12:57 pm

There are thousands of hopefuls who wanna be SQ girl. Many reasons include of benefits, high salary, "glamourous looking", travelling opportunities.......

Those who resigned within the bond, mainly cannot withstand the frequent flying, as it is very taxing for the health, mind & skin. You get to meet different passengers & work with different crew. There's sure bound to be "bitching" around (even if you don't anticipate in it), you have to stand on long hours & there's alot of temptations going around. It depends on your determination & what you really want to get from working as a cabin crew.

Many who are flying now or quitted flying told me that you can just work a couple of years as experience & 'try to save".

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 15 Jul 2006 7:12 pm

higgledy,

The information you are giving us is first hand information correct. You are current or formerly a FA? Or is this hearsay from third parties?

I only ask because hearsay is like playing 20 questions. Everybody tends to paraphrase instead of quoting until it isn't anything like that which was originally said or even in the same context. I'm not jumping on your case, just don't want the other poster to take as gospel that which is not from the horse's mouth if you know what I mean.

I think that's why she was asking if there were any FA out there to answer her question - so much falsehoods have been spread on these threads by some schoolboys that it's hard to tell what is fact and what isn't.

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Postby Plavt » Sat, 15 Jul 2006 7:38 pm

I agree with SMS there are have been a good number of posts in this section that contradict each other outright! As a result I often do not know what the truth is. This is how rumours start; one person says something to another who doesn't repeat exactly what was said but changes it to what he thought he/she heard or simply says what he/she thinks should be said. This is then repeated through several maybe hundreds of people until you have a statement that is nothing more than a work of fiction.

Many of you will find this only too common in years to come and such events are not helped when people do not explain things properly in the first place. Best thing to do is think what you want to say and read it a few time repeatedly it can be surprising how much that helps.


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Postby Matt10 » Sat, 15 Jul 2006 11:21 pm

Waiting to sign bond, have you signed your bond?

I think when you are a trainee at SIA TC, i am sure you are going to make friends with current crew and you can get info from them. :wink:

Goodluck for your career.

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Postby higgledy » Mon, 17 Jul 2006 9:11 am

Hi to all,

I'm not a current crew but I've a couple of friends who work with SIA for at least 5yrs & above & the info which I gave was from THEM directly! (Which means that I did not only check with 1 pal, but with different friends who are still flying or former SIA cabin crew!!) :)

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hi

Postby Waiting to sign bond » Mon, 17 Jul 2006 9:44 am

I have yet to sign bond. Still waiting for the letter...

I went for my medical exactly 1 week ago...

hmmm... hope to receive soon!

thks for the info....

But anything more detailed, like the off days?

If you do a 5 day flight. when u return...how many rest days will u have b4 u take ur next flight?

Any SQ/former SQ gals??

Pls enlighten us...

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Re: hi

Postby jezebel777 » Tue, 18 Jul 2006 6:02 pm

Waiting to sign bond wrote:I have yet to sign bond. Still waiting for the letter...

I went for my medical exactly 1 week ago...

hmmm... hope to receive soon!

thks for the info....

But anything more detailed, like the off days?

If you do a 5 day flight. when u return...how many rest days will u have b4 u take ur next flight?

Any SQ/former SQ gals??

Pls enlighten us...



It all depends on your roster. It is compulsory for a crew to have 24 hours rest after operating on a flight.

Eg. After a 5-day London (during my time), you are entitled to 2 days off. But sometimes, due to whatever, rostering could give you only one day off and schedule you for - say, a turn-around flight and replace that off day some other time. In those days you could try to see the "AO" and try to get the off day but I heard now you are pretty much at their disposal. Don't wory so much though, does not happen often. You'll get used to the oddities of "cabin-crew culture".

Note of advice:

1. Be humble
2. SMILE and practice greeting people you don't know. Like when you walk into an elevator and there are people in there, SMILE and say "Good morning". Don't let it bother you if you get no answer.

3. Practice saying this "I'm sorry.. Thank you.. Please..."

You'll understand why later :wink:


All the best in your new career.

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Re: hi

Postby Plavt » Tue, 18 Jul 2006 7:16 pm

jezebel777 wrote:
Eg. After a 5-day London (during my time),


I assume you mean turnaround time? These days the crew arrive on one day have the following off and resume duty returning to Singapore the following with only SQ320 having an extra day in London with crew on standby duty. This was the case in 2002 and is still the same according to a friend who is still a serving steward.

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Re: hi

Postby jezebel777 » Tue, 18 Jul 2006 10:49 pm

Plavt wrote:
I assume you mean turnaround time? These days the crew arrive on one day have the following off and resume duty returning to Singapore the following with only SQ320 having an extra day in London with crew on standby duty. This was the case in 2002 and is still the same according to a friend who is still a serving steward.

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I was talking about off days in lieu after touchdown in SIN.

What do you mean by "turnaround time"? We refer to lay-overs as night-stops, in roster reflected as N/S. Turnarounds are referred to short flights without lay-over so I'm not sure what you are mean by "turnaround time" in LHR.

But main question is - what is your point exactly?

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Postby Plavt » Tue, 18 Jul 2006 11:29 pm

My mistake I meant lay-overs in London.

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Postby nada » Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:46 am

Hi! There's this book written by an ex-stewardess which gives a very good picture of the job:

"The Sky Is Crazy, Tales from a Trolley Dolly" by Yvonne Lee
http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=36693

She doesn't state outright that she's from SQ, but the pictures and details make it pretty obvious. Would be good reference for those interested :)

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hi

Postby Waiting to sign bond » Wed, 19 Jul 2006 1:18 pm

That is really cute!
thks for sharing tht with us.

I'll try to get a copy of the book fr borders

:)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 19 Jul 2006 1:38 pm

Here is a link to an interview with the author, Yvonne Lee.

http://www.faces.com.my/spotlight/spotlight.asp?id=1309

After reading it I think she worked for MAS and not SQ. The reason:

You mentioned in the book that stewardesses have to be multi-tasked, do they have to be multi-cultured as well? What about ''culture shock''?
I came from a very small town, so when I first flew, I needed to get used to listening to very heavy accents, British, Australian, and others. Not so much of a ''culture shock'' but I had to learn harder to be more cosmopolitan at a snap of the fingers. Within half a year, I was already doing the international run, and I was going to a different country every week in a full planeload of people and I have to listen to them. I think I managed to adapt very fast. After that, one of my hobbies was to listen to people''s accents and guess where they are from.


Here is another link as well: http://www.theskyiscrazy.com/

Singapore does not have domestic runs there for it would almost have to be MAS. All in all a good review. Wouldn't mind reading it as well.

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Postby nada » Fri, 21 Jul 2006 3:21 pm

sorry if I made a mistake :oops: ..anyhow, it's a pretty interesting read for those interested..


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