Hello fellow bloggers! I’ve been really looking forward to coming on here and sharing with you a little of what being an IAP is like, so thank you all so much for reading! This is my first post on the Be-Lufthansa Blog, but maybe you’ve already seen me on the Lufthansa Facebook page. My name is Kristen, and I am an International Airline Professional (IAP) based in New York at the headquarters for North and South America, with my home department being HR Development. You’ve already met my colleague and friend Juliana about 2 weeks ago, and now I’m here to write for a few days and show you how amazing it is to be an IAP!

Some IAPs hanging out on a beautiful evening in Seeheim

Some IAPs hanging out on a beautiful evening in Seeheim

In case you don’t know yet, the IAP program is a 2 year “management training” program for young professionals outside of Germany to develop and grow into good leaders for the future. Our 2012 generation has 15 colleagues from all around the world, from Colombia to South Africa to Israel to Japan, and we all meet up in Germany every few months for several weeks to take part in seminars and classes in both Frankfurt and in Seeheim, our training and conference center. We travel a lot, which is great because we all love to travel, and we spend time doing projects in several different departments throughout Lufthansa including Sales, Marketing, HR, Operations, and Finance. We are an amazingly close group, and we consider each other to really be family :)

 

So this week I’d like to share with you what life has been like for me the past few months in the IAP program. It has definitely been an amazing and eventful few months. In the end of April I came over to Frankfurt from New York to work on a project at the headquarters in Frankfurt for 2 months which was a wonderful experience! I was helping to design the new IAP program for future generations to make it more individually-tailored. I got to help conduct interviews for candidates of other programs for young professionals at Lufthansa which was really cool (it’s interesting to see what it’s like to be on the “other side” during an interview ;) ) and I also got to go on a private Cargo Tour at our Lufthansa Cargo Center in Frankfurt, where I got to see the inside of our MD11 freighters.

In our Lufthansa Cargo MD11 freighter

In our Lufthansa Cargo MD11 freighter

 

Me in the cockpit of the MD11

Me in the cockpit of the MD11

After the two months, a fellow IAP from New York, Mansoor, came to meet me in Frankfurt and we flew together to Israel to meet two other IAPs, Natalie who is based in Tel Aviv and Daniel, who is based in Bogota. It was so much fun traveling with them! We went to Jerusalem, Haifa, the Dead Sea, and of course we went out a lot in Tel Aviv (which has great night life by the way). Check out some of our beautiful pictures from Israel :)

Natalie, Daniel, myself, and Daniel's cousin, Juan at an ice cream shop in Tel Aviv

Natalie, Daniel, myself, and Daniel’s cousin, Juan at an ice cream shop in Tel Aviv

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

Us celebrating Natalie's birthday in Tel Aviv--Mansoor, myself, Natalie, and Juan, Daniel's cousin

Us celebrating Natalie’s birthday in Tel Aviv–Mansoor, myself, Natalie, and Juan, Daniel’s cousin

Daniel, Mansoor, me, and Juan at the beach in Haifa

Daniel, Mansoor, me, and Juan at the beach in Haifa

Us having an Israeli feast in Jaffa. We had 20 different appetizers plus main dishes! Needless to say we could barely walk out of that restaurant...

Us having an Israeli feast in Jaffa. We had 20 different appetizers plus main dishes! Needless to say we could barely walk out of that restaurant…

 

Keep reading, because tomorrow I’ll write about what it was like to be in Seeheim for 5 weeks in the summer, and all the interesting things that happened there!