I really can't pinpoint one specific thing that made me want to be a flight attendant. Being a flight attendant was always something that was in the back of my mind growing up. I traveled a lot with sports in high school and college, so I think just doing a decent amount of traveling really opened my eyes to making a career out of it. In college specifically, when I was studying marketing, I really admired the company I now work for. I knew for several years that one way or another I was going to work for this company. What I didn't know however, was just how difficult it was going to be to land a job.
All in all, it took me two and a half years to a become flight attendant. I repeat, TWO AND A HALF YEARS. That is a heck of a lot of waiting! I applied for the flight attendant position when they had an opening in 2016. I was so excited but then after months, and months, and months of not hearing a single word back, I figured I didn't get the job. About 10 months after I had applied, I moved to San Diego and got a job with a local TV station doing advertising and marketing. I was just starting to get settled into a life out here when all of a sudden I got a voicemail saying, "Hello this is Bill and I was wondering if you were still interested in the flight attendant position you applied for?" I thought it was a prank call! For some reason, I ended up calling Bill back and sure enough, it was legit! I said yes like I just received some elaborate marriage proposal! I remember running around my apartment screaming with excitement!
My interview in Dallas was a blast. I'll never forget the feeling of walking into headquarters for the first time. I felt like I had made it! For some reason, I wasn't as nervous for the face to face interview. I knew I had what it took to be a great flight attendant, and I knew how passionate I was about the brand. I knew all I needed to do was be genuine. I also truly believe that everything happens for a reason, so I was at peace knowing it would work out how it was suppose to. They asked some pretty hard hitting questions, but I had prepared as much as possible and left feeling great! However... I didn't back hear right away, once again!
During the week of my 26th birthday, I received one of the best gifts! I FINALLY got the word that I was HIRED for a dream job, with my dream company!!! It was contingent on me passing flight attendant training, but none the less, I got the job!
I like to think that this experience was a learning lesson for me. Good things take TIME. There is beauty in staying patient and staying hopeful. I can't tell you how many times I could've lost hope, and honestly there were moments that I really wanted to but persistence, hard work, and dedication always pay off in the end.
This is just the beginning of my story. It's actually a very small part of my journey to becoming a flight attendant but I just wanted to share it with you all because I know there are probably some people out there who are currently in my shoes, playing the waiting game! Don't ever lose hope!