It is indeed such a fulfillment to be living our dreams and to be able to reach our career goals. Yet, it is a much more fulfilling to give back by helping others make their dreams take flight. Just last Saturday, September 29, PAL Express Inflight Services Manager and certified cabin crew Mr. Joselito "Jojit" Las and a group of line administrators organized a workshop and mentorship day for individuals who have dreams of becoming a flight attendant.
This was organized in their own capacity as a cabin crew and an officer working for the airline industry. This mentorship program was also co-organized with Joanna Lumbad, administrator of the Facebook group Future Filipino FA / Cabin Crew Philippines and a long time aspiring cabin crew.
Jojit took inspiration to hold this mentorship class from Joanna and others who aspire to become a flight attendant after noticing their determination to never give up on their FA dreams despite the many hurdles these aspirants go through.
Jojit has always been an advocate of giving advise to aspiring and future cabin crew. In his social media account, he would regularly have this "Dear Future Cabin Crew" where he would share his stories about his life as a cabin crew, lessons, and advice.
Joanna Lumbad on the other hand is an aspiring cabin crew. Ever since, it has always been her dream but despite her determination and resilience to never give up by applying in every airline and taking advantage of every open day, the results have been unfavorable for her. What's surprising about Joanna is that even if she is not yet a cabin crew, she helps others who dreams of being an FA one day.
Jojit then got in touch with Joanna to invite a few cabin crew aspirants for a cabin crew workshop about becoming a cabin crew on a general basis, and not specifically for PAL Express or Philippine Airlines. Knowing that he was once an aspiring cabin crew, he did feel the need to help our future generation of cabin crew members.
This mentorship and workship consisted of different sessions from finding your goal to proper grooming, how to answer questions, and on building their inspiration from stories of other flight attendants who endured their own struggles too.
Philippine Airlines and PAL Express are known to have very high standards when selecting their cabin crew, and even according to some of the aspirants and based on their experience, even higher than other airlines. Hence, the workshop given to these 25 to 30 aspirants where conducted at the highest standards to help these future cabin crew turn their dream into a reality in any airline they apply at.
Moreso, this workshop was free. It was given by Jojit and the rest of the PAL Express team out of their own will to help aspiring cabin crew, including Joanna. It was perhaps their way of giving back by helping and inspiring others.
We also asked a few questions from one of the participants named Cath and here's what she shared:
1. Was the workshop organized by PAL Express or endorsed by PALEx, or was it a project of Jojit as an individual in his own capacity to come up with a workshop to help you out?
It was initiated by Sir Jojit in his own will. He willingly organized the event to inspire cabin crew aspirants like us. Sir Jojit once said "I wanna be the person that I needed when I was still an aspirant like you".
2. What did you learn in the workshop?
We learned a lot and we were able to understand why airlines have requirements that they strictly follow and implement. We learned a lot. From what to wear, how to do proper grooming, what to say, how to prepare, the importance of character and values, and for some reason, it seems like we had a glimpse of a flight attendant life. The session about finding a goal is just really inspiring. Not just because our dreams are the same which is to be a Cabin crew, but also because it gave us the drive and determination to keep going when there seems to be no destination. More importantly, the workshop helped us to believe in what we can achieve, maybe not a PAL cabin crew specifically, but it helped us to keep on dreaming that one day we could be what we dreamed to be.
3. How did this start? Was it advertised or just a by-invite thing?
It started when sir Jojit noticed that Joanna was helping out aspirants in terms of what company to apply and what the process is. For some Godly reason, sir Jojit come up into an idea that since he was once an aspirant like us, why not gather aspirants and give them tips and inspiring stories from successful cabin crew who are now with management, organizers of recruitment exercises, and cabin crew interviewers.
4. Was the workshop based on PAL Express standards or basically the whole aviation industry as a whole?
It was based on the whole aviation industry. As sir jojit stated "You may not end up as a PAL Cabin Crew, but we hope this mentorship help you be a Cabin Crew in other Airline Companies. I want your dreams to come true no matter what Airline you end up in."
5. We are sure many aspirants will be asking when the next one would be. Will this be a regular thing already or just a one-time mentorship/workshop program?
Right now, this is just for limited participants but we are hoping there would be another one. It would depend on Sir Jojit and his Mentorship Team (ccMENTORS).
6. How many were you in attendance?
It was participated by roughly 23-25 aspirants.
7. What are valuable lessons you have learned from this workshop?
The two most important things I will never forget about this workshop are if you wanna be a flight attendant, you should now look like you aleady are. Second, It is what mam Jec said 'If you have the right reason, nothing will go wrong'.
Buong pusong alaga is indeed not only carried out to the passengers aboard an aircraft, but it extends beyond, especially to our aspiring cabin crew, who one day, will also inspire more future generation flight attendants.
May God bless the hearts of Jojit and his team, and may these future cabin crew mentees take to the skies soon, in their uniforms and wings!