I've recently made it to the interview stage and had a quick question ofr those that have been through the NavCanada ATS training.
My sister is getting married next year in April and the wedding is in St. Maarten. If I get into training, is there a chance for me to take off 3 days, run down to the wedding and come back? Have you seen anyone take time off in training who had vacations already planned?
Can you elaborate? It was my understanding that trainees don't get any vacation days during their training.
I can't speak specifically about how vacations are handled during the classroom and simulator portion of training (6-12+ months depending on IFR/VFR). Generally speaking, however, the instructors will support you fulfilling family obligations, but if there's an evaluation on Monday, and you need to be out of the country for the weekend, there may be challenges accommodating that.
During the OJT phase of training you're definitely entitled to time off and should take some. You're an employee, it's a (hard) job, time off is important. If someone tried to tell you that being away for a few days will sewer your training, they're either being an a** or you're already in trouble and you should probably take some time off and regroup. Often by the time we recognize pending burnout, it's too late.
Good luck, study hard, eat right, get a good sleep: control the things you can control.
What did you do?
-the probability of 'entitlement' being mentioned, approaches 1
-one will be accused of using bad airmanship
It was my brothers wedding..........honest
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If one is inclined to be quite so cynical, remember that the drop-out rate for ATC training is about 90% so my money is on the marriage lasting longer than the OP's ATC career. Ditch the training and go to your sister's wedding.jakeandelwood wrote: ↑Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:12 pmI can't really even believe after someone has gone thru all the hoops and gotten to the training stage at Nav Canada that they would actually ask for time off for a wedding. The last time I re-arranged my life for a wedding they divorced after 3 months anyway.
Why? Precisely because half the people one has to invite won't be able to make it. The tricky part is engineering things so that it's the desired half of the invitees that won't be able to come.I've always been confused on why couples plan these far away "destination" weddings and then they wonder why everyone can't make it. I'm sure your sister would understand the reason why you couldn't go.