After graduating from flight school and getting a job at an airline, you will work as a second officer first. This is a good job because you will learn and cooperate with experienced co-pilot and captain. Besides, you can increase your own flight hours to get better position within 2 or 3 years. Anyway, to be first officer or co-pilot, one of the requirements that you have to fulfill is being a good second officer. This means that you have to:
Show your discipline and professionalism
Yup, becoming a good second officer you have to show your discipline and professionalism by coming to office on time, obeying all rules, admitting mistakes, and so on. This might be difficult but you can do it as long as you have strong willpower to increase and get better position. If you feel unable to do this and need more time, you should adapt first and avoid being shy to ask anything that you don’t know. Besides, when co-pilot or captain asks you to do something, do it as well as possible. In other hand, if you violence rules, you should accept all punishments sincerely and promise not to do it anymore.
Respect your colleagues
Sometimes, colleagues are younger than you or they like kidding but it is like jibe. You should understand this situation well by respecting them as well as possible. You need to know that if you want to be respected, you should respect other. For instance, when your captain is praying or eating, you should wait till he finishes his activity before telling information or when your first officer is getting sick and treating in hospital, there is no problem to visit and pray for him so he gets his health back. Besides, when greeting captain or first officer, don’t call his name, you should call “sir” so he feels comfortable.
What if he does not respect you anymore? Stay cool and show your professionalism. Also think positively because who knows that he wants to test and look your responses for his actions. In contrast, if you don’t accept this condition, he will know that you still need to learn and are not professional yet.
Avoid making conflict
Undoubtedly, when working in a place with many people, there is a big possibility to deal with conflict sooner or later. This problem usually happens because there is miscommunication or misconception. To avoid dealing with this problem, avoid making conflict. How? Give positive responses when somebody insults or slander you, give clear information and explanation when there is misconception, respect all colleagues although they are younger than you, apologize soon when doing any mistakes, forgive, and so on. Even, when somebody wants to fight with you, avoid doing this no matter what your reasons are. You should succumb for unimportant and useless something. In other hand, if you are accused for any mistakes whereas you don’t do those, tell your boss and show real evidences.
Hopefully, by avoiding making conflict, respecting your colleagues, and showing discipline and professionalism, you will be a good second officer. Good luck. 🙂