Being a pilot is actually my dream job. I’m s-l-o-w-l-y working on that. But a super close runner up is flight attendant. I worked for two different airlines before I had kids. I tried going back a few years ago but it only lasted short of 10 months because it’s just not conducive to being a good mom. I was hoping I’d be off reserve, and once I had a line, I would’ve actually been home more than I would with a traditional job. Anyone who works in the airline industry understands how unpredictable that is. So, I will most likely become and old flight attendant and be proud of it- after my kids are grown. Unless of course I get enough hours by then to actually fly a commercial jet.
I left my tiny town all alone when I was 20 years old. I didn’t tell anyone. I took the train to Chicago for the interview with my first airline. When I got the job and told my family that I was leaving in a couple weeks to go to Denver for a month they freaked out and of course told me how stupid I was. (I figured then wasn’t a good time to tell them that upon successful completion of training I could be told to relocate anywhere and I’d only have 3 days to do so.) They couldn’t understand why in the world anyone would want to work on a tin can in the sky and live out of a suitcase. I said because I wanted to see the world.
The reason I love flying is not only for the benefits (which are AMAZING) but to meet new people, experience new cultures, and go to new places. In the interview the ask “Are you willing to cut your hair and go anywhere?” Without hesitation I exclaim “Yes!” Being a flight attendant isn’t just a job it’s a lifestyle. Also, one of my first instructors said, “Either you’ll love it or hate it but if you love it, you have jet fuel in your blood and you will always return to it. Your eyes will forever be turned skyward.” I’ve found this to be completely true because even when I’m grounded, I am always looking at the planes in the sky. I can’t wait to get back up there!
If you have any questions regarding the career feel free to comment and I will respond. On behalf of “Keeping the Peace Mom”, have a great day here or wherever your final destination may be. Buh-bye.