By: Mond Ortiz
The pain of two or three rejections is already enough for one to throw in the towel. Many have dreams to become a flight attendant one day but all these were hampered by multiple turn-downs. For these six ladies, giving-up was not an option. Success if everything. Defeat is temporary. The pain will go. They knew deep in their hearts, that they will become a flight attendant one day no matter what happens.
Rejection rate is indeed high among cabin crew applicants. The average attrition rate is at 95% meaning, out of 100 applicants, only 5 make it to become a cabin crew. Yes it is that hard as airline standards are really high. For those 5% accepted, it was a dream come true. Some made it in a single try, and many endured numerous rejections before earning their wings. They simply kept trying and trying.
Here are six flight attendants who endured more than 10 rejections to get to where they are. Despite all set-backs, they believed in their hearts that they can do it and that the time will come where they will earn their wings. They worked hard for it and here they are, now living their dream.
The lesson here is not about the number of times one was rejected, but it is all about believing in yourself and not giving up because nothing is impossible in this world. The story of these 6 flight attendants is proof of that.
Danica Louise Embile
Faced 15 rejections before becoming a Cebu Pacific flight attendant
She thought it was impossible as it had always been her dream to become a flight attendant. She had applied in numerous airlines as cabin crew but got rejected. She then decided to work as a ground staff of Cebu Pacific thinking that it can perhaps be an entry point for her to the airline. Despite that, she still faced rejections from Cebu Pacific itself. It took her around six years of trying and on the 16th attempt to apply as cabin crew, Dan Embile finally earned her wings as a Cebu Pacific flight attendant.
Faced 17 rejections before becoming a Saudia flight attendant.
Aileen's sister was an Etihad flight attendant and she did copy everything her sister did. Amazed about her sister's job as a flight attendant of Etihad, she decided that she too wants to become a cabin crew. She went through major adjustments in order to get in but much to her dismay, she was being rejected left and right by the airlines. Yet, she continued to push for her dream, and on the 18th attempt, Aileen was accepted as a cabin services assistant of Saudia, then not long, a full-fledge flight attendant. She says, "Never stop dreaming. But do not just dream, strive! Work hard for it! Most importantly, pray. Entrust everything in God's hands, He knows what is the best for you and me."
Paolo Nadine Ubaldo
Faced 19 rejections before becoming a PAL Express flight attendant.
Paola lined-up for countless hours during open days under the heat of the sun and elements just to be rejected. She experienced this multiple times. One thing that kept her going was the saying "you'll never know until you try again." Despite consecutive rejections which was already getting painful for her, she did not stop believing. She shared, "Even if the airlines that I applied to did not tell me what I needed to do in order to get accepted, I kept on striving and hoping that one day I’ll get that opportunity. I studied everything, I got better in doing my make up, I had lasik surgery, I worked myself in the gym so that my physique will be more suited as a flight attendant. All I prayed for is a chance." On her 20th attempt after 19 turn-downs, things worked in Paola's favor. She made it end to end. She went through the grueling training and finally became a flight attendant. "These rejections taught me the same lessons over and over again; to not give up, to learn to try again, to live with disappointments and how to live with setbacks because they will always be going to accompany you. I’ve struggled with self - doubt because a lot of times things didn’t go my way or what I planned. It was never been an easy journey for me," Paola said.
Faced 20 rejections before becoming a Qatar Airways flight attendant.
Seven years and 21 attempts was what it took Angel to become a flight attendant. This was how much she wanted this dream. In her story, she shares, "I've been through a lot of broken hearts and "better-luck-next-times". I've been disappointed with myself and came to a point of doubting my capabilities and strengths. During those dark days though, I chose to start and go again by improving myself and moving again. I stood up and kept my head up until finally, on my last attempt to attend an open day last November 2016, God heard my prayers." On her 21st attempt, all her heart break and hard work paid-off. She became a flight attendant of Qatar Airways. Angel says, "No matter who you are, as long as you have that little dream in your head right now, PLEASE go for it and never think of raising that white flag! No matter how hard it is to wait and no matter how long you think your dream will take, NEVER, EVER GIVE UP on it! Your dream will guide you. It will definitely direct your path. It will give you motivation. Your dream could be your greatest purpose in life so don't you dare give up on it!"
Ronnela V. Manlulu
Faced 21 rejections before becoming a Philippine Airlines flight attendant.
I personally witnessed Ron's cabin crew graduation last November 2015 and I never knew behind this smiley lady is a story of so much inspiration on never giving up. Before flying for PAL, Ron flew for AirAsia X. Prior to that, she endured 20 rejections straight from different airlines. She shares, "I must say that I was at my lowest point of questionning my strength and capabilities, if it was really for me. I wanted badly to be a flight attendant, and even if I would cry alone and some peers making me realize that flying is not for me, I knew deep in my heart that it is, and I will not stop until I get my wings. I continued to improve myself. I had to always move forward and stand-up after every fall to chase my dreams. I continued to pursue my dream despite all the blows, discouragements, and rejections. On my 21st attempt, luck was on my side. I applied at Air Asia X and this time, I made it!" On her way to Philippine Airlines, Ron went through another rejection. This did not bother Ron anymore after enduring 20 straight rejections. After working hard, Ron finally made it to Philippine Airlines in 2015. Ron shares, "If I have one advise to everyone, especially to those who aspire to become a cabin crew, ang pangarap mo ay hindi basta basta masisira sa bilang ng mga pagsubok na napagdaanan mo."
Mary Clare Inonog
Faced 22 rejections before becoming a Qatar Airways flight attendant.
It was a dream that she held on as early as 18 years old. On top of that, Clare never rode or flew in an airplane that time. It had been Clare's dream to ride in an airplane one day and to see places, but things seemed impossible no matter how hard she tried. Clare shares, "After graduating college, I started applying as a cabin crew at different airlines. I can still remember my 1st attempt and my 1st rejection at the first airline I applied. I went there with my Dad, praying and hoping I will be accepted so I can make him proud! I will never forget what happened in that interview because I didn’t have the chance to talk and to prove myself to them. I got rejected. I never thought it would hurt so bad, I went home crying with my dad but it didn’t stop me. So I tried my luck at a second airline and, for the 2nd time, I got rejected again. It made me think why they didn't like me. Third attempt was with the very first airline I applied for, then a third airline. I never knew they would accept me for the interview. I learned a lot from that interview that day. It tested my ability to be confident in front of other applicants and the panel, to talk about myself wholeheartedly, to talk about my job experience and it tested my communication skills that time. It was scary. They had a lot of questions. Unfortunately, I again did not make it." Despite all the rejection, Clare kept trying and trying. Even while working on different jobs to support her financial needs, she did not stop trying to become a cabin crew. Finally after facing rejection after rejection and on her 24th attempt, Clare finally became a flight attendant of Qatar Airways. She says, "don’t ever be afraid to fail, because it is always a part of the process of success. God will always guide you in every way. For my experience, I realized that God has a deep reason why I failed a lot of times before I landed my dream job as a flight attendant. He has prepared me for the Best Airline in the World!"
After reading these stories, try to ask yourself, "what is my excuse for giving up?" Well of course, accompany this with action by always working to improve and be a better version of yourself before.