By: Mond Ortiz
So where are you now towards your journey to be a flight attendant? Have you tried applying and now currently making adjustments? Or are you now just awaiting the training call from the airline? Where are you now? The reason why we have to always ask this question to ourselves is so that we can monitor our progress. Getting a flight attendant career is not easy, and to many, they give-up in the middle.
Below is an illustration made by FA Yna Ramos, and perhaps, we can use this to monitor our progress to be a cabin crew. Of course, our only direction is up, no way going down.
If you are in the first two steps below, maybe you need to rethink as to how much you want to be a cabin crew. Will you allow others to dictate your future? Remember, this is your future, not theirs. Now the second step is quite critical. This is where your desire to be a flight attendant will make a huge difference. If you really want it, now matter how high the standards are, you are ready and willing to adjust.
On the other hand, if you just want to be a cabin crew for the benefits, the title, and just to be popular, forget it. You will remain on the second step forever. I have shared a story of an aspirant I have encountered. She is on her 10th year applying in the airlines and yet, she cannot pass the screening process of becoming a cabin crew. She ends up blaming the airlines for the high standards.
Every step up is a milestone. The third step is where you will set a commitment to yourself to become a flight attendant. This is usually where you are very sure of your "why". So once you make the third ste, you make the commitment to yourself that you will become a flight attendant regardless of what happens.
The fourth step is knowledge building and this is where your road to improvement will begin. Here, you may face stumbling blocks like rejections but that is okay as this is where you will discover what you need to improve. Always be open to advise and tips. Remember that story I shared? She also doesn't like to heed the advice of others who have volunteered to help her out.
Now even if you are at the second to last step, you may still fall back a few steps like after facing rejections or turn-downs. When this happens, get back-up, chins-up, and climb back again.
On your journey to be a flight attendant, always look up towards the goal of being inside that aircraft, in uniform, serving our passengers, and most especially ensuring their safety. Do not forget to also pause and ask yourself, "where am I now?"
Keep climbing. You have two directions, either you can just stay down and look up at others climbing, or you yourself will do all just to climb up the ladder in becoming a flight attendant. At the end of the day, the choice is in your hands.
Good luck future cabin crew!