Contributed by FA Sheerah Robas
I'm Sheerah, 24 – from a licensed English Teacher to a Cabin Crew real quick. But don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy at all, not even fast.
I've never dreamt of becoming a flight attendant because I used to have this misconception about them - you just simply have to be beautiful and flawless but then God proved me wrong. I began liking the idea of becoming one when several people started telling me that I have the potential to be a flight stewardess, maybe because of the way I talk and certainly not because of how I look. I enjoy hosting and doing voice over so maybe they got to associate the Airlines' PAs with my voice and the Flight Attendant's character with my personality. Of course who would have not been flattered? I was happy with the thought but I have always had these insecurities and what ifs in mind.
I wasn't as confident enough to give it a try until my experiences shaped me into someone with big dreams. I lost my mom last year due to cancer and the story in between made me believe that God is way greater than all my worries and fears. Seriously, I don't want to go into details because that is too personal and I believe such family matters must be kept private but let's just say that whatever I have been through for the past few years made me realize a lot of things about life in general. I started reminding myself that indeed, life is short. So I applied for Qatar Airways and trust me, I had no idea at all about how big and well known the company is since as an English teacher, aviation industry wasn't part of my lesson plans. I just went to Manila hotel with my ambitious heart. I didn't even have any research about the airline; I just knew it from a good friend of mine who also wanted to be part of it. I was surprised with the number of applicants and as I progressed with my application, I fell in love with the company as I learned about it. I became more driven and motivated. I may have felt that I wouldn't make it since I began hearing stories about applicants who were denied and it's a very difficult and long process before you get qualified; I just tried my level best and remained positive.
One thing I would always be thankful for is that whatever I've been through just to get here, they contributed a lot to the igniting passion that I have now. I told God that if I would make it, I would always find time to pray and thank Him for bringing me and blessing me with the opportunity to see His wonderful creations and so I do, upon arriving to each destination, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and talk to Him. I really enjoy the privilege of putting whatever I used to teach from the books into first hand experiences. I am always amazed how people, food, and places are different from one another yet are beautiful. Everything is just really amazing. Being a Cabin Crew is such a rewarding job. Every day is a new experience. I am less than a month flying and I can't wait for more. I have always thought that a Cabin Crew is just an easy job - you just need to report for duty glamorous, smile then receive your salary, but I was wrong. You have exams to pass and you have forever to memorize a lot; if you know what I mean. It's not easy but nothing is impossible with God. It wasn't fast and patience is really a virtue. Somewhere in the middle I almost lost the hope. I cried but I kept the faith. So if you're going to ask me how to be a Cabin Crew, the best advice I could give you is PRAY and act accordingly - brave heart.