First of all, I’d like to thank Forum Pramugari for giving me this opportunity to share my story with the readers. It’s an honor to have my story published on this awesome blog, don’t you agree? Hahaha! Let’s start with a brief introduction, my name is Emma and I am a Flight Attendant with Cathay Pacific. Through this post, I’d like to share my journey on how I decided to pursue this career and how I got it 🙂
One of the many cliche but true ambitions when I was barely a decade old was to become an air stewardess. I found walking in the air bridge before entering the plane, exhilarating, I loved the inflight turbulence and my jaw would drop at the sight of the ever so glamorous air stewardess walking by. But I never thought that I would be able to be them, I’m not pretty nor am I tall and slim.
Fast forward to December 2010, I graduated from University. I had a job offer with a five star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, however, it was very hard to get my work visa approved. In January, I was still unemployed and I decided to go for Singapore Airline’s recruitment in Surabaya, just for the fun of it. I didn’t make it far, and it really bummed me out. My parents spent their money to buy me airline tickets and even booked me a hotel room in Shangri-la, imagine how frustrated I was. I felt like I’ve let them down, it was heart breaking and I decided never to go for another airline recruitment, ever again….!
Months passed by and one fateful day in May, I was desperate for jobs. I was searching for a job online, I was going through a random list of available jobs, I clicked and clicked on random buttons which finally lead me to a job advert from Cathay Pacific for cabin crew recruitment in Indonesia. Up to this day, I believe that God had brought me to this path, it was three hours before the deadline for the application submission. I quickly whipped up a resume, a cover letter and sent some decent looking photos of myself. Kept my fingers crossed for three days and an invitation from Cathay Pacific arrived in my inbox, they invited me to attend the interview in Jakarta. I braced myself this time, worried that I would fail again. I told my parents about it and they were still supportive of my decision to try my luck with Cathay Pacific. On the day of the interview, I prayed really hard, I put all my faith in Him as I believe that he’s planned this for me, He is finally answering my prayer, I could feel it in my bone.
I arrived at 9:00am for the interview and there was a long line of tall and beautiful ladies, nicely groomed gentlemen, outside the ballroom. I couldn’t help but to feel intimidated but in all honesty, there wasn’t anything to be afraid off. I went there, gave my best performance and I went through all the stages successfully, it was like a breeze for me. After the medical check up, which was the final stage of the recruitment, I had to go through six agonizing weeks waiting for an e-mail from Cathay Pacific to inform us on whether or not we are going to be hired. Pretty sure I was on Forum Pramugari everyday within those six weeks, sharing my nervousness with the other candidates :)) It was therapeutic in a way, so for future reference, after your airline interview, go to Forum Pramugari and share your experience or any information with your felow future flying buddies 😀 If I remember it well, I received the e-mail somewhere into the fifth week, basically telling me to attend a pre-training briefing, sign the contract and in about two weeks, “Hello, Hong Kong!!”
One thing you can learn from my story is that, if you didn’t make it the first time or the first few times, DON’T STOP! I know a friend who’s tried close to ten times, she failed and refused to stop and now she’s probably flying somewhere across the world. If becoming a cabin crew is really your passion, please follow it! I am not going to lie that I am quite a lucky girl to be given this opportunity from God, bare in mind that I’ve never seen myself as an ideal cabin crew material. One thing that I love about Cathay Pacific is that, they are able to see your passion and your potential to be great cabin crews. Ultimately, the key to pass the interview is to be pleasant, graceful, positive minded, bare those pretty teeth of yours and be confident! No other mumbo jumbo, promise!
“Life’s a Clim, but the view is Great” -Hanna Montana-