When did you start flying and why did you choose this profession?
I began my adventurous new life with Emirates Airlines eighteen months ago. After completing my Bachelors Degree in London, I realised I wasn’t ready to retire my passport and hang up my traveling shoes. I spent a great deal of time during University traveling around and I knew that I still had a lot of wanderlust left in me. When I thought about what I wanted to do with my life, I knew that my feet just weren’t meant to be on the ground, my home was in the sky. I have always enjoyed the rush of travel, the enjoyment of packing without a solid plan and knowing no matter where I land, it’s going to be an adventure. I wanted to see the places I read about in history books during my studies for myself, not just turn pages. I wanted to walk among the ruins in Rome, explore the hidden alleyways in Paris, and get lost in the hustle and bustle that is the Far East. For me, the sky was the answer. I knew I had the desire, I just needed wings.
What was the biggest challenge during your recruitment stages?
The hardest challenge during that stage was the wait for “the Golden Call”. It was excruciating. I have never wanted anything more in my life than having that beautiful red hat perched on my head. It was hard to continue an everyday routine not knowing whether or not I would be accepted for the job. My mother told me that I had to keep living and take each day one day at a time. The days seemed to never end, however. This topic comes up sometimes in the galley and we all remember exactly where we were when “the call” came. We remember how many times we cried ourselves to sleep at night and how each day we tried to put on a happy face and wait until 5:00 Dubai time. Our hearts beat to the tick of every second on the clock. Now, remembering that wait, we take a moment to send well wishes to the thousands of future crew out there waiting for their own golden call. It’s a hard wait; the hours slip by like sand in the desert, and time crawls like the sun across the sky. But when it comes, nothing is sweeter than hearing the words, “this is your golden call”.