This Friday marked my departure from my present employer Krystal Hosting. I started working for them soon after the conclusion of my training at L3 and it's mad how quickly those six months have flown (pardon the intentional pun). It was an interesting role, not least because it was my first exposure to the concept of remote working, but in such a short space of time I've certainly expanded my own skillset in areas such as management. Leaving them was quite odd especially given I.T. has always been another passion of mine. I felt I was only just settling in but nevertheless it was a great run and I'm thankful to CEO Simon and his team for giving me the opportunity.
* The Evening Entertainment *
The clear disadvantage to remote working is your inability to zoom across the office in your wheelie desk chair and ask a colleague a question and despite being in role for six months I had barely met any of the team in person. What a better way to do that then, than to meet the team at the annual Christmas party. Each of us travelled from the various corners of the U.K. to meet for a Christmas event in Brentford and it was a lovely event. The food, entertainment and open bar, on-site dodgems and company of colleagues made for a great night. What more could you ask for from a Christmas event and somewhat leaving do. Leaving Krystal as an employee isn't the end of my involvement with them though as my website shall remain hosted with them for years to come i'm sure.
* Flat hunting in Liverpool *
Knowing that my career is to be starting in Liverpool from March, I've spent a fair few days exploring the various accomodation options available. Having lived in shared accommodation throughout University it comes with its share of pros and cons and while living with others is often more sociable, I feel like I'm ready for a place of my own now. On the recommendation of another ex-cadet now working out of Liverpool Airport, I've since put a deposit on a brand-new one bedroom flat in the X1 The Tower (as pictured).
The development opens in February which is perfect timing for my move up there, has optional secure underground car parking available, is a 20 minute drive from the airport, a 15 minute walk from Liverpool City Centre and comes fully furnished. It will cost about £645 a month excluding bills and the finish looks great. Once everything's sorted contractually I'll be sure to add this to the accommodation section of the blog.
Unlike my basic training at L3 the accommodation during the Type Rating training is not included. The exception to this is those cadets enrolled on an MPL program where L3 then includes accommodation right up until your first day at the airline. With my course being so close to Christmas you can probably imagine the accommodation options were quite limited. B&Bs, Hotels etc wanted a higher premium and a lot of AirBnB rental properties were full up too or cost thousands for the 6 weeks I needed a room.
Fortunately there were several short-term lets available on SpareRoom.com with two bedrooms available. A type rating coursemate and I booked rooms through this website and we'll be moving in on the evening of the 26th December. With all bills included the rent was about £750 for the six weeks per room with a damage deposit of £300 each. The property is only a short drive from the training centre too - which is perfect!
Having returned my type rating contract to L3 earlier this week I received a phone call from easyJet's New Hire team on Friday afternoon. The call essentially outlined the processes I should expect over the coming month or two including the type rating itself, the five-years worth of referencing required for an airside pass, the confirmation of my base and an outline of my induction process and all associated logistics. This phone call suddenly made the whole process feel VERY real and now that I've left Krystal it's dawned on me I've now only got 11 days before it all kicks off. The countdown to my first passenger flight has officially begun and while the up and coming weeks are undoubtedly going to be intense, I've heard from several that you simply blink and you're all of a sudden flying the real-deal. Can't wait.
Until next time,
Have a great Christmas,