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Old 12th Apr 2023, 06:11
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Practice aptitude testing

Can anyone provide a link to purchase practice aptitude test specific to those used on the VA assessment day? TIA
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Old 13th Apr 2023, 06:47
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Google COMPASS Test. Plenty of sites around that offer it. The ones tested on the day are maths, general aviation knowledge, short term memory, spatial awareness, advanced flight control, multitasking, verbal reasoning and personality. It really isn't something I would bother spending time preparing for. Just revise high school math, wing sweep and how to interpret fixed card tracking (spatial awareness test)
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Old 14th Apr 2023, 03:57
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Anyone heard anything yet ? I know people who applied last year have been getting start dates but has anyone who applied recently been given an update ?
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Old 9th May 2023, 08:20
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Youíll find most that are returning to the company have no loyalty anymore. Itís a means to an end. Simply a stepping stone to get current then move on. They are extremely short of crew yet they wonít put people in the base they want or assist with commuting. The Gold Coast base that was announced hasnít eventuated and the remuneration is abysmal. Additionally the lifestyle is in existent.

Itís a shell of a company and one that isnít worth working for. New joiners will also have no idea where they stand on the seniority list until 2026 but they are guaranteed to be waiting at least 15 years for a command. Maybe 25 years for a Bne command.

A lot has to improve before VA is considered a career airline again. There are plenty of other employment opportunities available within the country. Think twice before selecting VA, they will chase you down for the bond if you leave early too.
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Old 9th May 2023, 09:04
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Is overtime optional or can it be dumped? How’s the new EBA otherwise? Any rough idea what a “normal” day looks like? Thanks

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Old 11th May 2023, 01:25
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They must have reached the bottom of the barrel as the last VARA Kadet course that got scraped before Covid is now about to start 737 ground school.
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Old 11th May 2023, 10:36
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G'day guys,

I thought I would post my experience with VA and their assessment day/recruitment recently and potentially offset some of the negativity for some balance.

Overall I was very impressed with the organisation and coordination of the assessment day. Great communication leading up to the day with flights and hotel paid for (very nice hotel). Good briefings at the start of the day on what would happen and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout. Everything ran to schedule with ample time for breaks/coffee. At the completion of the day the recruiter told us when they would give us the result, They followed through with that promise and called on said day. 3 of 5 on my day were successful.

Good luck to anyone else having a crack!
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Old 12th May 2023, 02:45
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Originally Posted by Tbot
G'day guys,

I thought I would post my experience with VA and their assessment day/recruitment recently and potentially offset some of the negativity for some balance.

Overall I was very impressed with the organisation and coordination of the assessment day. Great communication leading up to the day with flights and hotel paid for (very nice hotel). Good briefings at the start of the day on what would happen and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout. Everything ran to schedule with ample time for breaks/coffee. At the completion of the day the recruiter told us when they would give us the result, They followed through with that promise and called on said day. 3 of 5 on my day were successful.

Good luck to anyone else having a crack!
Thats all very well and nice and classic virgin bait and switch.......If it was such a great place to work you probably wouldn't have even been interviewed as no one would be leaving and the hundreds still waiting to return would be figting each other to get back.......
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Old 12th May 2023, 05:42
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Have you tried asking the recruiter directly? I hear they are happy to provide one on one feedback.
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Old 12th May 2023, 05:45
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Thanks for sharing! Got mine coming up in June so good to hear from someone who's been through the process.
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Old 12th May 2023, 05:55
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New Hires Interview, paid to fly in and all costs covered.

Long Term employees who got told NO to old pre Covid base and forced to commute to another base at your own cost.

Seems fair.
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Old 12th May 2023, 07:39
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You have been re employed mate. Not happy with the baseÖdonít take the position. Fairly clear.
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Old 12th May 2023, 08:54
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I donít work there but thatís the attitude all my friends told me they get. A decade of service. Your old job exists but on our terms, those terms are a place a few thou kms away.

I think your post above sums up Virgin as a whole. Engagement fell off a cliff didnít it? Retention issues? HmmmmÖ.time to put the good folks first otherwise nothing will change.
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Old 12th May 2023, 13:30
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Originally Posted by rightinitial
You have been re employed mate. Not happy with the baseÖdonít take the position. Fairly clear.
100% Agree
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Old 13th May 2023, 10:01
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Originally Posted by Red69
Think twice before selecting VA, they will chase you down for the bond if you leave early too.
No they donít. My final bill for my cruiser rating must still be in the mail, 6 years onÖ root/brothelÖ many of us who escaped 16/17 nothing! Just a snarky email/threat from the Chief Clown of intl.
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Old 13th May 2023, 16:00
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Originally Posted by rightinitial
You have been re employed mate. Not happy with the baseÖdonít take the position. Fairly clear.
This right here is what's wrong with Australian aviation. All the detriments of a seniority list, but none of the protection it is supposed to provide. That and the "I'm ok Jack" attitude is why it'll never change. And for those in the "I'm ok, if you don't like it pound sand" crowd, one day that same turn of events may come for you in the seat and base that you've sacrificed everything for. I hope you'll be ready to pound sand too.

This poem from 1946 comes to mind...

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

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Old 13th May 2023, 21:12
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Youíll be a right joy to spend time on the flight deck with. Just remember where the money comes from that puts food in front of your children every night. Youíd of thought Covid would have been humbling for most of us but you obviously werenít part of most of us. Good luck bud.
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Old 13th May 2023, 22:59
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Originally Posted by rightinitial
Youíll be a right joy to spend time on the flight deck with. Just remember where the money comes from that puts food in front of your children every night. Youíd of thought Covid would have been humbling for most of us but you obviously werenít part of most of us. Good luck bud.
I'm not saying you shouldn't feed your family, but it would be nice to actually see Australians stick up for each other for once instead of crawling over each other. I'm also just an outsider looking in, and making an observation that's worth not much more than what you've paid for it. I hope everyone at Virgin actually gets what they deserve, but I still caution those who would climb the ranks at the expense of the more senior folk. What goes around always comes back around.
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Old 13th May 2023, 23:34
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Originally Posted by DropYourSocks
This right here is what's wrong with Australian aviation. All the detriments of a seniority list, but none of the protection it is supposed to provide. That and the "I'm ok Jack" attitude is why it'll never change. And for those in the "I'm ok, if you don't like it pound sand" crowd, one day that same turn of events may come for you in the seat and base that you've sacrificed everything for. I hope you'll be ready to pound sand too.

This poem from 1946 comes to mind...
Why does it come to mind? Are we on the precipice of a genocide?

Once Godwin's Law is invoked it is difficult to bring the argument back to where it ought to be, in the real world.
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Old 14th May 2023, 00:24
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Originally Posted by Chronic Snoozer
Why does it come to mind? Are we on the precipice of a genocide?

Once Godwin's Law is invoked it is difficult to bring the argument back to where it ought to be, in the real world.
Obviously not, but the point is who defended the sacking of the widebody crews out of seniority order? It shouldn't have happened that way, regardless of how much it would have cost virgin management to shuffle everyone down. And those that won out this time and were happy to let the senior guys get the axe might not be so lucky next time. It's just an observation
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