Good day to you, dear people of the Internet.  :)

I have a small confession to make.

I didn’t know I was going to write a blog this week. Originally, I had planned to write a blog next week. But, as things turned out, my blog contribution was to be this week. That put me I a bit of a predicament, but it also gave me a wonderful opportunity. And that’s what I would like to share with you today, the fact that the work of an IAP, like all things in life, is rather unpredictable.

Now, this will tie in with what I had mentioned yesterday about being flexible when planning, so if you haven’t read my entry for Tuesday I recommend you give it a quick look.

If there is one thing that all who work in the airline industry will agree on is that it’s a rather fast changing environment. Flights get cancelled out of the blue, weather wreaks havoc with the most well crafted schedules and an ash cloud in Europe means express cargo rates are in such high demands that you can fill entire planes with it.

Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupting in Iceland

Like the ever changing industry, the IAP program and even the tasks of an IAP will change whilst you are in the program. Alex mentioned a week before last that as an IAP you wear many hats, and I would like to add that you should be ready to put them on in random order at a moment’s notice. Changes happen often and are far ranging. Being able to take the positives out of it is crucial, and the emotional fortitude to deal with changes separates the wheat from the chaff.

I know that I’m a bit averse to change, but I can definitely tell you that since I’ve started at Lufthansa I have learnt to take the changes in my stride.

After all, the only real constant in life is change.

Now, to end off the article, I have attached a picture of an individual that has experienced a whole lot more change than I in the last few months.

South Africa import Lions? That’s news to me

In that aluminium box is a juvenile African Lioness that was rescued from a closed Zoo in the Ukraine. Whilst the box isn’t all that exciting I can tell you that getting a zoomed picture into the cage was out of the question. After spending at least 12 hours in that cage she was growling very fiercely, so getting too close wasn’t a smart idea. I took this picture late last year, so the lioness will hopefully have coped with her changes by now.

Best Regards for today.

Karsten