Hi, it’s Kara. I want to take a minute and introduce myself and tell you how I got to Flight Attendant Central.
It all started some time ago…
When I was a little girl, I was always looking up in the sky admiring the white traces left by the planes and wondering what were the people doing up there and if they could see me waving. I thought the most wonderful thing in the world is being able to fly. My mother told me that very beautiful ladies who always wear lipstick, who are smart and speak many languages work up there.
“While the plane is moving?” I asked in complete wonder
“Yes, you can not even feel it moving when you are up there. You can even watch TV and eat like we do here in the kitchen” my mother replied.
It was then I knew that that’s what I want to do.
As I turned 18 years old, I started looking for how could I start working “up there where you can not feel the plane moving”. I went to my national airline and asked how can I get a job. My chance was so slim, that the lady in HR looked at me with pity and told me that the last interview was over 4 years ago and they didn’t need any new crew. But she informed that before the interview with the airline, I was to pay for a flight attendant course and independently get a flying license and then just hope for an interview to happen soon. But the course was $3000, I did not have the money.
My parents insisted that I go to college and start looking into other options out there. So I did. I started school, but I was always looking for other airlines and their requirements. I was constantly sending my application to every airline that was hiring, but I got no response. I was discouraged and I started thinking I might never be able to fly.
Going through all the websites, I noticed that there was one thing required by every single airline: Customer Service Experience. Bingo! Maybe thats why they were not calling me: I was 19, and my only experience was going to school and helping around the house.
From then on, I took every single job that would give me the experience I needed. I worked as a waitress, sales associate, survey keeper, newspaper advertising sales person, I did promotions and even summer camp jobs. By the time I graduated, my CV had an impressive number of jobs, all in the Customer Service field.
One day I received an email titled “Invitation to our Assessment Day”. I was so happy, I couldn’t stop crying all afternoon. Finally my chance has arrived!
The Assessment Day was approaching and I started to realize that the hard part was just coming to me: I had no idea what to expect from that day. I read everything that was out there on how to prepare for an interview. I even took out my dusty Geography books, as I found an article on a professional flight attendant website saying that a flight attendant should know all the capitals of African countries. There are 54 countries in Africa, and I know the capitals of all of them even now, but no one ever asked me a question about that.
All the flight attendant websites were a disappointment to me. The content was old and incomplete with no specific examples of what will happen on the Assessment Day and the appearance was also strange: bright screaming colors, cartoons of flight attendants wearing mini-skirts and long blond hair under a pilot cap and other sad occurrences.
Only couple of days before the Assessment Day my lucky star stroke again: I was introduced to a girl who was already working for an international airline and has been through the same process. She told me what to expect from that day. And guess what? I made it!
I can not describe my joy and pride the first day at the training academy, or the time when I put on my uniform for my first flight!
Since then, I had a lot of people approaching me to ask for information on how they can also become flight attendants for an international airline. I put everything I learnt together and I advised them on the exact steps to follow. They were all successful from the first try!
I know its a confusing world out there. I know there is lack of real value information. I know you have been looking everywhere and found nothing you can count on. That’s why I created Flight Attendant Central. I want you to succeed! The airlines are continuously expanding and in need of new crew and they want you to succeed also! Make it easier for them to hire you immediately!
I want you to use the resources available to you on this website, learn as much as you can and apply your new knowledge IMMEDIATELY!
See you “up there”!