It is indeed a tough journey to become a cabin crew. Aside from the high standards airlines do have, it is a very competitive environment. During cabin crew recruitment days, more than a thousand applies but only about less than 5% will be taken in. The recruitment and training process are indeed tough that it is very hard to get in and many tend to give-up after a rejection.
Please never give-up on your cabin crew dream! Though please be reminded too that never giving up is the solution to earn your wings. You have to learn from your mistakes and be better next time. If you were turned down because of being overweight, then lose weight before you try again. If you do not speak well during interviews, then learn how to speak clearly. If you have a hard time smiling, then practice your smile before going back.
Yes a turn down may wound you, but if you will give-up, you are still wounded, hence, you might as well win your cabin crew dream. Some took 6 years to become a flight attendant as shown in this video. Some endured 22 rejections before flying. Easier said than done right? Yes, and we understand the feeling of being turned down but guess what, you can take a break and rise back again. All the best athletes, businessmen, and inventors each experienced failures before becoming the people are now.
The Joe McLean Great Performers Academy gives us 7 simple tips on handling failures and moving on. Here they are:
The first step to overcoming negative feelings is accept them. If you are unable to take responsibility for your actions, you are never going to move on and start a better life. Accepting things as they are is therefore crucial. Embrace the mistakes you’ve made, and congratulate yourself for being so strong. Keep in mind:
Be Honest with Yourself
You can lie to others, but you should never lie to yourself. Being honest sets you free! You failed – why? Can you think of at least three causes? Where did you get stuck? Here are some quick tips on how to become honest with yourself:
Focusing on the negative will drain your energy, and make you feel sorry for yourself; therefore, it will not help at all. Here are some things you should focus on:
Stick Around the Right People
One of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes is, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Think about it: if you surround yourself with pessimistic people, you’ll become one.
If you haven’t yet, evaluate your friend circle and see who truly deserves to remain in your life. If it there’s only one friend left after the “general cleaning,” that’s perfectly OK too – at least you know you can always rely on them, no matter what, and that’s everything that counts at the end of the day.
Keep Yourself Motivated
Now that you’ve accepted your mistakes, it’s time to move forward. You are finally here – the greatest moment of your life. It’s time to try again. “But how?” one might ask. This is where motivation comes into place.
As I previously mentioned, improving constantly is the only way to climb the success ladder. You are working on your motivation, and that is already amazing. But who’s ever succeeded in life without perseverance?
Do you know how many times Thomas Edison has failed before creating the lightbulb? At least a thousand. But do you know what his perception on that was? “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Take Time for Yourself
Last but not least, make sure you care about yourself. Concentrating solely on success and forgetting about yourself might slowly drive you insane. Take time to read what you like, enjoy good times with your friends, and have good laughs with your family. Loving yourself is where life starts.
Always remember that defeat is temporary. It only becomes a failure when you give-up. Never give-up on your cabin crew dream, but please do also make sure that you are within airline standards and requirements.
Last but not least, do not forget to pray before and after your assessment day. Pray that you will do well, and pray to give gratitude for being given the opportunity to make it in, if not, a lesson learned and also an opportunity to be better.