Written by Mond Ortiz
Last week, I interviewed Philippine Airlines flight attendant Yna Ramos for our vlog Cabin Crew Talk on our YouTube channel Flyhigh Manila TV. One of those questions I asked her was, "what does it take to be a flight attendant", and her very first answer was "GUTS". Yes, "guts"! Unexpected right? Guess what, she is correct. To be a flight attendant, you need to have the 'guts' to take the very first step.
So you may ask me, "Mond, I am reading your articles. I have done my resume. I now smile a lot. Isn't this already the first step?" Well, here are the actual first steps towards your cabin crew dream. The very first step is to commit yourself to becoming a cabin crew regardless of what happens.
1. Commit Yourself to Becoming a Flight Attendant
This is the very first thing you have to do. You have to commit yourself to becoming a cabin crew. This is not only about telling yourself "I will be a flight attendant no matter what", but you have to commit to making changes, to taking criticisms constructively, to not giving-up despite rejections, to make time to be a better version of yourself, to always practice, to gain more knowledge about the job of a flight attendant, and so on. A commitment requires action which goes to the second and more important step.
2. Go out and apply
You will never find out until you go out there and apply in the different airlines. Your journey towards a thousand miles will never begin until you take the first few steps. "Mond, what are the airlines that are hiring?" My answer? Please read number one. Part of taking the second step is finding out yourself which airlines are hiring. We do post schedules of airlines that are hiring and it is indeed your responsibility to make an effort to search for them. We are here to assist you but 10% of the effort will come from us and others, 90% will come from you. Do not be afraid of rejections, that is the only way to learn and be better. There is no greater teacher in this world than experience.
Taking the first steps are the most important as not doing will just turn your cabin crew desire into a mere pipe dream. Regardless of the negativity others may tell you, you will never know until you go out, try, and take action.
You will never know until you try. So go out and turn your cabin crew dream into a reality. Take the first steps. They are the most important. Trust us, they will solidify your resolve to become a cabin crew, especially if progress begins to ring out along your way.
Good luck future cabin crew!