Written by F/A Unique "Star" Infante
Today marks exactly 1 year of getting my wings. I will always say that I am born to fly. Life was never fair. I've been through a lot of rejections but every failure for me is another milestone in spreading my wings. I don't belong to a golden spoon family which lead me to working while studying. When I was 12, I started to work as a saleslady in an RTW store.
I was always telling myself that learning how to communicate with people who are from another lineage will make me a better communicator. This became my root in customer service. When I reached middle school, I worked in a small cafeteria in our institution to finance my needs until I graduated. The early experience gave me the opportunity to enhance every skill I have. I was always dreaming of being a pilot as one of my great grand fathers used to be one until I saw a video of a flight attendant doing a safety video. From then on, I swore that I will be in aviation no matter what it takes.
In college, I juggled working at night as a technical support representative for 4 yrs and a tourguide on the side. On my third year in college, I started to try my luck in a local airline but failed twice. Tried in a private plane another failure.
I discovered online casino and started my career as a dealer. I got married and got pregnant at the age of 21. I thought it was the end of my dream but I was never in a rush to give up. I always told myself that every "no" leads to a "yes". That every single comment from recruiters will be polished and soon will be my strenght. Thanks to every bible verse I know.
I continued working as a casino dealer until I decided to go on live dealing while studying. I finished my degree after .8 long yrs. I tried applying in a foreign airline and had the meanest time of my life, The recruiter told me as I was introducing myself, " ay kasal kana at may anak na rin. To be honest, wala naman airline na tatanggap sa iyo kase may anak ka na. Those airlines, they don't like any other responsibilities left behind kasi it will compromise the job that they will offer you". Exact words. Every word was embedded on my mind. On that day when I received her word, I felt discouraged, I cried a river but I was never shaken for I know my Lord's plan for me..
A month after, an airline called applicants for a recruitment day. It was my 7th time of trying at this particular airline and thank GOD, I was accepted. I was thanking all the saints that I called on to pray for me.
I flew to meet my new life and start my dream career path. I surpassed the intensive courses and lonely days. yehey! It was a sweet ending. After all the harsh comments, doubts and fears I was called to spread my wings and became a Qatar Airways flight attendant!
My dear aspirants let no one step on your dreams. Let no one dictate where you should be. Keep pursuing! Keep getting better! It doesn't matter if you are a fresh grad, someone who graduated late, married with kids or a single mom.
Every bitter "No" will lead you to the sweetest YES which was written in heaven long before you. Let your dreams be intertwine with your faith!
Fly with you soon!