Editor’s Note: This is one of the most important things you will ever read if you are thinking of joining the aviation industry, and who better to write this open letter than Meghan, our wonderful and determined Careers Editor. Please read carefully and share with anyone whose heart yearns for the skies. – C.D.
Dear Flight Attendant Hopefuls,
The road to becoming a flight attendant for some is turbulent, filled with plenty of ups and downs. For some the road to becoming cabin crew is an extremely long and winding road and for others it will be an unexpected and stumbled upon path.
It is not uncommon to receive a lot of rejections before you receive acceptance into aviation. You are not alone. I was right there in your shoes a couple of years ago. One hopeful candidate that Kara and I have been in contact with received an offer from a major airline — and I am so proud of her. When congratulating her one day, she said something that resonated with me.
“I guess I never gave myself credit when it came to ‘standing out’ enough for airlines to recognize me.”
Wow. That statement inspired me to write this to all of you.
I want you to know that you will end up where you need to be at the right time. Be patient. Trust in the path that you will eventually come upon. Everything happens for a reason.
And when you get that coveted face-to-face interview… just know that you CAN do this. Take a deep breath, remain calm and put on your biggest smile. You are confident enough and you are uniquely you. Remember, you are the only person that is the expert on yourself. The whole point of an interview is so a company can get to know YOU. You are fabulous, interesting and outgoing enough to do this. Your job at this moment is to convey that in the interview.
If at the end of the day your name is called or you receive that phone call inviting you to initial training, congratulations, you are about to embark on a wonderful journey filled with a myriad of emotions ranging all over the spectrum. Think lots of smiles and even some tears.
Many of you will insist that it will only be a job that you use to pass the time until you find your real career of choice: “Only a couple of years…” you promise. Then you completely and utterly fall in love with the thrill of it. You are instantly hooked.
If at the end of the day, the airline chooses to go with other candidates, its okay. Keep in mind that eventually the pieces will fall into place. Until that happens, take it all in stride and consider it practice for the next one.
Learn to let it go when things go wrong and then appreciate it when they’re right.
If its meant to be, it will be.
Check out TheFALife.com YouTube channel with tons of free careers tutorials, Kara’s eBook about Surviving Flight Attendant Training and (Coming Soon!) our much anticipated Careers eBook will be available to even better prepare you for those face-to-face interviews.