Written by: F/S Adrian Yu
Yes, 2018-2019 was a huge roller coaster ride for me as i was going through a series of unfortunate events, Adulting, rejection, and family problems to the point that I seemed like a burden to my own family.
This all started after I recently passed the pharmacy licensure exam last August 10, 2018. Things were going so crazy back then. My family wanted me to work for our business because I was the only one who took a course that was in-line with our family business. It was a struggle, yes, juggling about my entire week with the family business and trying to get some free time for myself. I honestly didn't know back then what I really wanted to do with my life because my dream has always been to be a doctor and apparently you don't always get what you want. It was hard for me not knowing what I really wanted plus the emotional factors that were adding up to my breakdown. I worked and worked in the family business even if my heart wasnt actually set on the tasks that were given to me.
The situation was very complicated at that time. “I need a break for myself”, I constantly told myself that. You end up choosing between your own family or yourself. So I took a leap of faith and chose myself. While I was working on our store, I tried so many things to keep myself busy and detoxified from the environment. I enrolled in a masters program for pharmacy just to get my Fridays and Saturdays off. It was fun because that’s when I felt I could have time for myself until I met this person last September 2018 and got to know. They were cabin crew of a different airline. This got me thinking “Hmmmm... What if i try to become one?”
I messaged one of them and asked how the process was and If there were any dates for hiring. Fast forwarding to December 2018, I applied and sent my resume via email to a local airline. I was then Interviewed and luckily, I made It until the final Interview and that was when I fell short and my journey ended there. I was decided that I really wanted to be one after the experience I got from the Interview, I automatically applied for another airline. Fast forwarding to Feb 2019, I flew to Manila and stayed with my granduncle and aunt. I applied and to my surprise I was interviewed together with one of my close friends. This was where I felt so bad about myself and decided to give up after the next application wouldn’t work out because I didn’t even pass the Impact interview for this second application. I felt so bad to a point where I would never want to apply to any company anymore. So, I talked to my aunt and ranted out to her my frustrations during the application. She then told me, what If you change your perspective, being someone who works big-time in a company and doing the hiring, she told me that when you enter the room, the people who will hire you already know If they want you or not. You only have a measly 1 minute to change their minds. You make or break that minute they give you to Introduce yourself. That got to me and suddenly my mood shifted, I was suddenly Inspired to reapply again.
Fast-forwarding to March 2019, I flew to Manila to reapply for an airline. and they told me that It hasn’t been 6 months, I don’t see why we shouldn’t hire you anymore because you have greatly Improved but the six-month rule still Is In play. Those words “greatly Improved and no reason why they shouldn’t hire me” struck my heart and boosted my confidence and gave me inspiration. Apparently, I found out that AirAsia was holding a mass-hiring event. I was not prepared at all; I didn’t have any requirements with me except my resume which still stated a different airline. I apparently arrived at 10am wherein the line began 7am. I saw a friend of mine who lined and she called out to me and told me to line up with her so I did. My friends told me to register online because there’s actually an online registration for the process. I only found out on that day and apparently did its last minute. I then got my number 865(my lucky number) from the lIne so yeah heres where the fun starts
We started off wIth the medIcal IntervIew but before gettIng IntervIewed they needed the requIrements which were your online registration number and your passport and of course your resume. Since I didn’t have any passport on hand, I told my mom to picture It right away asap. So, I was in for a medical check so apparently, I passed the medical examinations with no problem.
Next was the question and answer, so we were asked to answer the question within 10 seconds and give a reason why. so apparently the people who were called were accepted to the next round which was the group dynamics in the afternoon
So, for this part, we were formed into groups of 10 and asked to create a performance, it can be a play, musicale, skit, or drama. We did a sing and dance plus a short drama. So apparently after the performance we were asked to line up and do a walk-in front of the Interviewers. Oh yeah, It was our group who was called but we didn’t even respond because we got the group number missed up, we thought we were group 10 where In fact we were group 9 so yeah I started to feel scared because you know first Impressions last and yes, that was a pretty bad first impression to the interviewers so yeah, I went to the Interviewer and explained and asked for a second chance and so yeah we got to perform and apparently I passed the round.
FINAL QUESTION AND ANSWER
So for this part, we were asked to answer a question given the time limit of a minute. so yeah this was the most nerve-wracking part because we were asked to line up and If I remember correctly, we were 5 doing the q and a at once but with a different Interviewer for each person. So yeah, long story short I passed.
That day was so tiring but so worth It because all efforts have paid off from 10-7 and apparently, we were 3k applicants and only 50 got in
The HR called me to ask If I could go for the final assessment and apparently, I was going back to Cebu that day so I reasoned out to her. Again, another wrong move, so I called her again to change my decision and went on with the final assessment. Day of the final assessment came and there were still a few who were sent back home with tears because they were not hired. One thing made me feel so happy that day was one of the interviewers as she told me that my smile Is very contagious. HAHAHAH big laugh though but yeah very heartwarming. so, after the final assessment was the medical requirements which I did back In Cebu.
We flew to Malaysia for training. I loved every single day of It. We did numerous things such as water drills, fire drills, jumped on an evacuation slide, first aid and learned basic life support skills. We also learned about the different types of equipment found in the aircraft. Honestly the training part Is one for the books. You get to explore a whole new country, an entire new horizon. The new friends you get when u start training, started out as strangers but you end up as family was really the best out of the entire process. I gained new friends I know I could count on for life. The hardships were there and we were all struggling together but we also congratulated that victory together.
These were all hardships and honestly It was always a constant battle within myself but I never gave up. I found a part of me that had been missing all along and that part Is to soar within the horizons of the sky. Life Is always a roller coaster ride. We enjoy things but we also learn from the hardships, what matters most Is that we grow from the process may It be the good times or the bad. Here Is my cabin crew journey, it has just started. Once It runs through your veins, it becomes a part of you. Flying Is now a part of me and will always be. Soar high and Look Into the sky because that’s where your wings and your heart will truly be. You won’t ever know where your heart lies In If you don’t try.
I graduated being a pharmacist but I am a cabin crew by heart!