Well, a lot of people would complain about waiting in line. Even I had the same experience and I believe that a lot of us have already had a fair share in this. This could be literally a wait in the queue, a wait for a delayed transport, delayed parcel, and even a long wait for your favorite pizza! But I am not talking about these kind of things.
Year 2007 when I took my first step to apply as a cabin crew. One Sunday morning, I saw an advertisement of the largest low cost carrier in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air. I went to their office and showed up for the assessment. You have no idea how scared I was! My heart didn’t even stop from pounding inside my chest. Anyhow, I tried my very best to compose my self and be confident. The process went on, I was able to pass every stage and was asked to go for a swim test! Yes! You read it right. They used to ask every candidates to complete that test to proceed for the next round.
Unfortunately I got drowned. The next thing I knew, the lifeguard of that club house where the swim test was held dragged and pulled me out of the swimming pool. It was really disappointing, I wanted to vanish instantly because of embarrassment . What did they say? “I am so sorry you did not pass this time.” Obviously I drowned and who ever drowns won’t even have a slice of it! Come on!
Becoming a cabin crew was not easy for me, I know a lot of people who have tried and got it in one shot. Lucky them! I even went to an open day held in the Philippines of both Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines. The only authorized placement agency providing pool of applicants to both airlines is IPAMS (Industrial Personnel and Management Services Inc.). Upon screening, I was told to wait for a call. A call that up until now I haven’t received, lol.
Summer of 2009, I was in Singapore and I didn’t let the opportunity to pass without going to the open day for Qatar Airways. It was the first OD I have attended to outside the Philippines. And the huge crowd nearly 400 people from different countries filled the hall of Hilton. They might be working from different Airlines who currently having layover in Singapore. Or perhaps they really flew there just to attend the OD. Just like a friend whom I met there, he flew all the way from the Philippines. Guess what? He got through and I didn’t. I told you, it was not easy for me.
Back in 2010, I returned to the Philippines from Singapore where I used to work as a call center agent in one of the insurance providers. I desperately wanted to fly and become a cabin crew but none of the airlines that I applied to hired me. I gave IPAMS a call to follow up for the application I did back in 2008. I was advised that Etihad Airways considered my application and wanted me to attend the OD but they couldn’t get through because I have already disposed that number since the time I moved to Singapore for work. I finally got the answer why I didn’t get a call. LOL (stupid alert). Moving on, I was advised to go for Emirates Airlines OD which I went and have tried. Unfortunately the guy who assessed my application told me that I don’t have a cabin crew quality, and that made me disqualified and unfit for the job.
I felt humiliated because coming from a person who didn’t even work neither for the airline nor as a cabin crew would tell people who is qualified or not. But later I realized what happened. There was a time when I told myself that he could be right. He just wanted me to stop dreaming and move on, and to realize that cabin crew job is not for me. I won’t give up my ambition to fly. I gave up my dream to become a pilot so I really have to make my ambition to fly happen by all means. hahaha. He just made me realize how important this is for me! Thanks to you Mr. Assessor who happened to be the father of my ex-colleague 🙂
I moved to the Middle East in 2010 thinking that it is going to be easier for me since Airline companies in this region take people all over the world. I have had a couple of tries. I attempted and had been to a lot of OD’s of Qatar Airways but not with Emirates Airlines. I found out that the time when I applied and was told that I am not qualified, that was the last batch of recruitment in the Philippines. Since then they stopped hiring Filipinos. I could say that I have applied to all of the Airlines in the UAE and only Air Arabia and Etihad have contacted me.
You should never be surprised when I tell you that I tried three times to apply for Air Arabia and was rejected and in 2014, I was invited by Etihad Airways for an assessment day but again, rejected! Until I gave another try for Air Arabia in May 2014. Finally I was selected by the largest Low Cost Carrier in the Middle East. Now I am turning 2 years in June with this company and I am still happy and proud that I have made it through after 7 years of waiting for my dream to come true. What I have learned along the road is, don’t just dream, make it happen. Dreams won’t happen without perseverance and determination. So if you think that you’ve been waiting for too long to get to the front line, think about other people who have been waiting for their turn longer than you and yet, they don’t gripe. Rather, they find a solution to persuade themselves to stay.