Did I ever tell you that my dream job was to become a flight attendant? I was 15 years old and our school was hosting a career fair and I was so excited to find out all the information from CANADIAN Airlines on how I could make my dream come true….
Well before you could even say “Welcome Aboard” … my dream died! There was a height requirement…. WHAT????? something I couldn’t even fix but kinda could (hello heels?!) was preventing me from my dream. So I tucked it away and smiled and laughed as my friends teased my about not being able to close overhead bins.
I studied business and marketing and then I turned 22 and was siting in the Quay (where are my North Vaners at?) in the market sipping on one of those amazing mochas and looking through the Province Paper … Emirates was doing one of their mass hiring ..
I thought about it and then dismissed it. How could I leave my life, my boy friend, my comfort zone? … Well I should have (no offense Pryor but we knew that wasn’t going anywhere- Do you all remember the POST IT NOTE break up from Berger to Carrie in SATC ? Ya just switch mine to parking lot in front of my BFF, GOOD TIMES but I digress)
And then the urge popped up again when I was in my late 20s I even had an in who said they would help out how ever they can but their partner was like …..”mmmmm Aubrey changes her mind a lot, are you sure you want to attach your recommendation to that?” UGHHHHH!!! Well to be fair that year I did change jobs a lot but it was because I was trying to find a job where I could light up and help light other people up.
So I stopped pursuing that dream and I did temporarily find a job where I was able to share my light and let others light up too. I became a Weight loss consultant for a weight loss clinic and I loved it. I loved my clients, cheering them on and celebrating with them, I also loved being there for them during the tough weeks. But then I was reminded that it was a business and that even though they were helping people they wanted to make money as well…… so we parted ways.
Bring on my 30s , marriage, pets, kids, houses, life…….BUSY
Bring on my 40s Marriage, Kids, HORSE, house, life….. MY DREAM and no silly discrimination on my height was allowed anymore!!!
Call it my mid life awakening, it definitely was not a crisis. I was tired of waiting on my dreams … I love being a mom but I am not one of those fabulous stay at home moms.
wanted NEEDED to try for my dream of becoming a FLIGHT ATTENDANT!! I started looking into the airlines that had bases in Vancouver, I pestered my friends that were in the industry (Michael I am forever grateful for all your knowledge and your willingness to help me study and the non stop mini quizzes!! Karen, I am so grateful for your support and knowing what I am going through and what I need to hear to keep me moving forward and Burt thank you for explaining how a plane works!!
I started researching Flight Attendant Resumes, I put together a resume highlighting the points of a fabulous FA. I applied and applied and applied. After 6 months of applying, I received 2 interviews in one week!!!!!
The interviews were for a Domestic Airline as a Flight Attendant and an International Airline as a Customer Service Agent. I couldn’t believe my luck. The Flight Attendant group interview was up first….
I woke up early, ironed my clothes, styled my hair and did my make up like I was ready for anything!! I was so nervous the last time I had an actual job interview was 10 years prior. ( I have been lucky to work with incredible friends who have their own business and hire me because they love me)
I walk into that interview room and think did I miss the memo???? All but 3 of us are in their best “Flight Attendant Uniform” ( Black skirt/black pants, white shirt, black blazer all accessorized with an absolutely fabulous scarf or matching tie, tied around their necks!!! WTF?? I am screwed!!
PART 2 Coming..