REACH for the skies in your next job – Thomas Cook has 600 cabin crew positions up for grabs.
They are seasonal summertime roles but could lead to permanent year-round work.
Jobs are available at a range of airports including Gatwick, Stansted and Bristol.
Full training will be provided to successful candidates who will fly to a wide range of destinations over the summer.
Maggie Kennedy of Thomas Cook Airlines said: “This is a really important time in our cabin crew recruitment calendar.
“Being cabin crew is more than just a job, it is such a rewarding career with endless opportunity.”
A seasonal role can often lead to other opportunities — as Darren Craven, 36, found.
He joined Thomas Cook as a travel agent in 1999, then took on seasonal cabin crew work before securing a year-round contract in 2010.He is now a cabin manager.
Darren, from Manchester, says: “I’ve been given lots of opportunities to work my way up the career ladder.
“I love flying — it’s not just a career, it’s a lifestyle and no two days are the same.
Be prepared to work hard and expect long, sometimes challenging days but you will enjoy the benefits.
“You could be spending a few nights on a layover in places like LA, San Francisco and New York.”
Odds look good
POP down the bookies and you could get a job for life.
Ladbrokes Coral currently has 1,100 vacancies and there are good odds you could stay a long time – like Carole Holley.
The 74-year-old, from Middlesbrough, began her career in bookmaking 57 years ago and still loves what she does today.
Carole, who started out as a secretary when she was 17, says: “I had no idea about gambling but it was a job I fell in love with.”
She became a betting shop manager 18 years ago and while there have been changes and innovations, one thing remains unchanged.
Carole says: “I love getting to know customers. It’s the thing I enjoy most about my job.”
Knickers to office politics
RUNNING a business with your spouse can blur the boundaries between the boardroom and the bedroom.
Vicki Ashman, 48, and her 50-year-old husband Ian run luxury knicker business, Scrumpies of Mayfair.
The couple admit that working together is not always plain sailing but here, they reveal how you can get on, both at home and at work:
- Play to your strengths and divide tasks accordingly. You don’t have to do everything.
- Respect each other’s working practices as you will both inevitably handle things differently. Remember your partner can’t be told what to do, like an employee.
- Have your own stuff, such as your own desk, printer and IT set-up. You need adequate space to work.
- Don’t forget the niceties. Praise your other half when they do a good job.
- Don’t take work to bed with you too often. It is unrealistic to confine business discussions to office hours but keep some boundaries.
Boost for disabled
DISABLED people are twice as likely to be unemployed as other Brits – but a new campaign is urging bosses to hire them.
The #sayYEStoSEN movement aims to find internships and careers for young people with special educational needs.
It has already drawn support from 150 businesses since it was launched by the South West Regional Assessment Centre in Dorset late last year.
Adrian Gunner, the training company’s managing director, said: “We are at the beginning of a long journey and hopefully this campaign is the start of that.”
There are 13.3million disabled people in the UK. Eighteen per cent of working age adults have a disability.
For more about the campaign or to find out how to offer a work placement, head to supportedinternships. org.uk.
Bossing it like a pro
NOW here’s a scary statistic – more than a THIRD of workers suffer from mental health issues, a poll has shown.
Four in ten say their job is a key contributor to their condition and almost a third blame not getting on with the boss for their poor mental state, according to the survey by jobs site CV-Library.
Top executive and former Nasa flight director Paul Sean Hill says the hardest thing for some leaders is to see that THEY are the problem.
In his new book, Paul explains how problem bosses can change their ways.
Here are his top tips:
- Forget your intentions, the issue could be your behaviour.
- You can’t do anything about problems if you have a chip on your shoulder, but you will make things worse.
- Remember it’s not always about you. It’s about the team, organisation and business succeeding.
- Judge your own behaviour by how easy you make it for the team to do well.
- Good leaders take responsibility for problems and find solutions, including fixing their own
- behaviour and practices.
- Mission Control Management by Paul Sean Hill (£14.99, Nicholas Brealey Publishing) is out now.