By: Mond Ortiz
I spent my birthday eve and birthday itself with the cabin crew trainees of PAL Express, particularly batch 107. I was able to interact with them. I also witnessed them studying for their lessons. They would help each other, ask questions, review each other, and really memorize. No doubt, all 34 of them will make it to earn their wings. I saw their dedication and how hard they are working to become a cabin crew.
Many of them had a childhood dream of becoming a cabin crew and here they are now, working hard to turn it into a reality. One thing I would like to point out is their dedication. According to them, they never expected things to be this hard. Some lined up long hours to be interviewed during recruitment day. Some were rejected during previous application attempts after lining up long hours under the heat of the sun and yet, here they are, never giving up and trying again.
That is not over yet as training is even a more difficult challenge. This is where trainees will have to dedicate themselves to passing it, and that means a lot of sacrifice for like two months or so.
Dedicating yourself is not just about focusing to be a flight attendant. It is about dedicating yourself to never give-up, to improving yourself, and to making the airline standards. You dedicate yourself to the hard work involved during training. You dedicate yourself to always being on time, to looking presentable and carrying yourself well.
Basically, you are dedicating already yourself to becoming a flight attendant which means an overall thing.
To do this, I suggest you write down everything you need to do like learning to wake up early or on time, getting to your destination an hour prior despite the traffic; keeping your complexion clear and free of blemishes; losing weight and attaining a proper weight to height ratio; being of service to others; studying and memorizing;and so much more. Just list them all down and every day, dedicate yourself to doing those.
Obey your trainers too, do not take things agains tthem. Their dedication to help you earn your wings should be the same amount of dedication your should put in to become a flight attendant.
As an aviation and airline journalist, I love listening to the stories of these trainers from PAL and PAL Express on how happy they are whenever they would see their trainees earn their wings. That is the amount of dedication they put to helping you out.
What made these trainees that I met different is that they dedicated themselves to becoming a flight attendant and I saw it by their actions when I was with them. If they can do it, you can do. Now, these trainees are dedicating themselves to pass the rigorous training program of PAL Express. Yes the training program needs a lot of dedication and for these trainees, they know that all their sacrifice will pay off as they inch towards flying soon.
If you want to be a flight attendant, dedicate yourself to becoming one. It is not just about trying over and over again, but it is about being dedicated to learning and improving yourself in all aspects. Yes the airline standards are high, but if these trainees from all walks of life made it, so can you.