Written and Contributed by Mayie Carballo
Have you ever asked yourself why you want to become a Flight Attendant? Let's go back to the time I was little. I have a scintillating memory of that day I first said "when I grow up, I want to be a Scientist and a Teacher."
I am fickle-minded, be it career or in anything, even in love (haha). Until the moment I was choosing a course in College, I was cogitating on what to take up. Guess what, my mind may be volatile, my heart isn't (at least, not on this part). Jokes aside, I knew what course I really like. Psychology!
Someone in the family asked me then, what's your plan after taking up Psychology? Take up Medicine? Law? And, I answered "no." In fact, not so sure as to why I want it (I was excelling in this subject in College, by the way). So, she (hi, Mommy) said, "then why not choose Hotel and Restaurant Management, instead? Of the many times I was perversed, this was one of the times I opted otherwise. In my first or second year in School, another family member even tried to make me shift to Medicine. My Mom, by the way, also encouraged me to be a Flight Attendant.
Fast forward to my junior year in College, I was convinced to be an FA because everywhere, all I hear is that people want to be such and moreover, it's big money (haha). If I were to describe myself, I would say, I am very optimistic and iron-willed. With these, I told myself "I want to be a Flight Attendant and I will be." Yup, I was convinced by the fact that the salary is real big.
I made it happen. I was hired by Saudi Arabian Airlines, Oman Air, Seair-Tiger Air, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways. Getting into the Industry was never easy. I am confident, though it wouldn't hurt that I always think and believe that there is always someone better than me. I am forever grateful for the beautiful opportunities and the lessons and life-realizations, these brought me.
How about about staying and excelling (recognizing my former passengers and colleagues for all my commendation letters, thank you) in the Airline Industry? I then realized, it's not always money or yes, include that in your priority, however, not just that. There must always be a deeper reason for choosing a job.
Ask yourself this "am I choosing this (be it an FA or something else) job because....
1) I am passionate about it?
2) There are personal and professional growth?
3) It pays high?
If you only have one answer out of the three from the above-mentioned factors in choosing, say a Cabin Crew job, for example, then you may consider to reflect and re-assess if you are sure it is what you really want. I'd say, you must have at least two out of these three factors as reasons for having chosen a certain career path. If you have all three, then perfect! Go for it!
I decided to be an FA because of the number 3 factor above. I am a Trainer, Consultant and Motivational Coach now. I have never been this happy and I must say, this is because of numbers 1 & 2. I love what I do. I am enjoying, learning and growing. I know what you're thinking, what about number 3? Ask me after a decade (haha). Kidding! I want all Aspirants and Dreamers to be 100% certain of what they want, maximize their full potential, so they may also commit 100% and dedicate themselves to it and be truly happy. This way, no doubt, they will be successful.
I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to take up Psychology. I am a Trainer. The "no" and "I don't know," make sense now.
Your real first dream as a child, that "eversince I was kid I wanted to be...." phrase, may be your purpose after all.
The photo above was taken in our Seminar-Workshop. We have another next Sunday, June 3, 2018. Aspirants may get in touch with me thru Facebook Messenger or thru firstname.lastname@example.org.