The very first time I got into this job which was about 4 years ago, honestly, i pretty much ‘hated’ it. Whats with tight schedules, minimum rest hours, delays, passengers’ complaints and the lists just went on and on and on in my head.. and oh, how could i forget getting up as early as 2 a.m to stand helplessly in front of the mirror to do my hair and make up? sounds crazy? welcome all, to this fantastic career of mine..
To me it’s all hard work and though at times it sounds and yeah..might look glamorous ( no doubt it is!!), in heaps of ways, it is also physically challenging. Before getting the ‘licence to fly’, one must go through 3 months of intensive training which covers all the important aspects of flying such as Safety, Emergency and Procedures, First Aid, Inflight Services and also Cabin Familirizations. There will also be a series of exams to go on with and once graduated, supernumerary or obvesrvation flights will be assigned just to get you prepared for what actually this great career have to offer.
The primary and overriding responsibilities of a flight attendant is to ensure passengers’ safety, which explains the high passing mark ( 90% ) on all exams. Might sound stressful but hey at 35, 000 feet above sea level, you have to accept the fact that any emergencies happened, the flight attendants will be the only one responsible to rescue any individuals under their care. In other words, the passengers’ lives DEFINATELY lies in our hands.
Being a flight attendant at times, you have to sacrifice your personal life as well. How many times did i missed my loved ones’ birthdays, weddings and so forth? Countless. How many times do i have to put on a genuine smile eventhough my mind is not really up to it? We were all trained to behave professionally even at the worst of times. Sometimes, you will be shouted and screamed at by the passengers as if everything wrong in this universe lies in your hands.. Sounds tough? But hey, put it this way.. nothing comes easy. If you really love and value your job, in time you will get through it. This is one of the best job in the world with the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier 2009.. your hard work and dedication is definately paid off. Satisfaction guaranteed. Great, fun and caring working environment, I almost feel at home each time I am on duty!!! What else can i say? I am definately here to stay.
So..phheww..think you are up for the challenge? Come and join us and see for yourself. And it will be one of your life’s greatest experience. See all the happy faces attached? Those smiles are real. Take my word for it.