A former Nescot student returned to the college on May 13 to speak to Travel and Tourism students about his career with British Airways.
James Needes, who finished his Level 3 Extended Diploma last year with a D*D*D* profile, started his job as a member of cabin crew on March 14 after a gruelling six-week training course.
He chatted to the students about his experiences so far, and answered questions on a range of topics.
“I felt very proud to come back as member of cabin crew for British Airways, and it made me think about how far I’ve come in such a short space of time,” James said.
“Last year I was a student listening to a visitor talking to me about their career and it made me realise that it was possible, I just had to work hard and go for it.”
James, who is now 19, travelled to Vienna on his maiden flight, and has also flown to destinations including Barbados, Muscat, Nairobi, Tokyo, Seoul, Abuja and Abu Dhabi.
He studied the Cabin Crew unit as part of his course at Nescot, and said it helped prepare him for the British Airways training to become mixed fleet cabin crew.
“The training was really intense, but it needs to be in order to prepare you for all the things that could happen during a flight,” James said.
“The best thing about being a flight attendant is how much you see and learn from other countries and cultures.
“I’m really enjoying the job and I’m looking forward to seeing where I can go from here.”
Travel and Tourism lecturer Nicole Frimley said: “James’s visit was especially useful to the students because they know he was in their shoes one year ago.
“We’re all really grateful to him for coming back to speak to the students, and we know he offered a lot of inspiration to them.”