Written by Aeyah Ruth Mones
I have always wanted to be a flight attendant since I was 7 years old. The guys in our family are all seamen and I do not know of any relatives of ours who works for the airline. So here I am who wants to for the airline, despite my clan who are mostly in the medical field and some relatives who are overseas Filipino workers. Even if I graduated from a nursing couse, I did not pursue a nurse career as I really did not see myself in it.
Let's now fast forward to the present time. i would see Air Asia hiring ads every month. I wondered if it was a sign from the Lord as I did not even bother to mind it. I tried applying at a different airline but due to my height, I was not accepted. That rejection made me cry.
February 2018, I saw another Air Asia hiring ad for a March 3 open day. I felt elated because it's another shot for me to turn my flight attendant dream into a reality. I told my parents that I am going to give it a try. The ad did not specify any age limit and that was a good thing because I am 28 and most of the time, the age limit is usually until 26 or 27. Technically, I am over aged.. It's a good thing though that there is no age limit. I readied my requirements and I also invited some of my friends to come and join me.
A day before the open day, laziness and negativity suddenly hit me. I felt like I did not want to push through with my application. I was afraid to be rejected. Nevertheless, I also considered that having a whole body photo is not as cheap and I did not want my money to go to waste, hence, I decided to give it a try. No harm trying. What if there would be no hiring next time? So it was time I made a decision to really go, besided, I was still on maternity leave. I was not even able to catch enough sleep as I had to practice my answers for the interview.
When I got to the Salem Complex where the Philippines Air Asia office was located at 7:30am, I was shocked to see the line! I even did not know where the end of the line was! It was my first time to join an open day. I actually wanted to go home already after seeing the line! Just seeing how long it was made me already feel tired! I was number 338 on the line. It was just 7:30am. The whole thing starts at 8am!
While in line, I decided to converse with other applicants too to somehow ease my nervousness. I got in already at 11am, my make-up somehow faded. They checked my height first and alas, it went through! They then told me to return at 1:30pm for the next step. I wanted to cry as I was already tired by I have to wait until 1:30pm and it was just 11am! Laziness wanted to kick-in once again! I was thinking whether I should still pursue it because I felt I can no longer wait until 1:30pm. It like my chest wanted to explode already caused by a mix of nervousness and chest pains because it is barely a month from the time I gave birth. Oh well, I am there already, so I dedided to take this to the end.
There were plenty of processes per step. It was nerve wracking, especially that there are a lot of pretty women applying too. I'll just do my best but I will not expect. Nevertheless, I prayed that if it was for me, then I hope I get it but if not, at least I tried. From catwalk to group dynamics to final interview, I ended 5:30pm! I was not aware that it was a one day process only. I thought that it was an interview for a day then return the following day and so on.
Hold and behold, out of the 700 that applied that day, I was part of the 14 who made it! I called up Ryan and I told him that I made it! He was very happy because he was very supportive of me getting this job! I cannot believe I made it! To think, I am already 28 and it is just barely a month since I gave birth to my fourth child! Thank you Lord, baby Scarlet was my lucky charm!
Xmpre kay Lord tlga lahat ng pasasalamat
I would like to thank my family who is very proud of me, particularly my mom who even accompanied me that day.
To batch 24 who became my second family, we all helped each other during our training in Malaysia, and now it's time we fly together realizing our dreams.
To my friends in Okada, thank you for the support and for being happy for me. I may now be in a different field and industry but our friendship remains.
This is for you my five babies, Ryan, Leighton, Ryley, Aubrey and Scarlet!
From dealer to cabin crew!
Plum to red!