When I first got to my facility, I had a wedding planned about 1.5 months after I started training. My ATM asked me if I thought I would pick up the job easy enough to get checked out on the first position before the wedding. I remember being hesitant to say that "yes I would" cuz I didnt know. I knew I did fine in the academy on ground but still wasn't sure. They slowed the training because of the wedding and then right afterward I got back...finished up the last 20 hours or so quickly and got checked out with no real problems.I have a sort of open question for the CPCs. Were you aware, going into this job, that you were inherently capable of becoming certified? Or were you taking a chance and later found out that you had what it took to effectively separate aircraft?
Say hi to the old PATCO guy from another. Fogging the mirror is about right, but keeping the job is the trick. Book work, is good, but if you can't apply it, think fast enough, make decisions fast enough, maybe this job is not for you.I have a coworker (old PATCO guy) who says if you can fog a mirror, you can get a job in the FAA. haha. Don't know how or if this fits in...just thought it would be a funny side note.
Oh BTW...I work at a smaller not terribly busy tower we've had two washout in the last two years.
Look no matter what... in any job... There are people that work hard to be the best at things... and then people that expect success to fall in their laps (with minimal effort.) My parents have been in the FAA for 20+ years and said the NUMBER 1 reason that people wash out is their ATTITUDE, PRIDE & TEACHABILITY. If you lack in those... good luck to you. If you come in off the street and choose not to listen to the professionals... you are dumb... and you will fail.
If you allow the system to mold you, and do the dilligence at home of memorization...etc. you will be fine. Put in the hard work up front to be the best, and your job will only get easier as the mechanics and habits you build from the beginning will become second nature.