Confidence and being Cabin Crew

It’s only human to have a wobble from time to time!

Things happen in life that knock your confidence, make you wonder why you’re bothering, and sometimes to make you even think about giving up.

Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, I sometimes look at others and think, I wish I could do that, or look like that, or a million other things.

I’m certain that those people I’m wanting to emulate have their own set of insecurities.

Getting into the airline industry is tough, I’ve had my knock backs when I first started applying and continuing through my career.

Getting that email, or letter as it was back in the day, saying that you haven’t been successful can be absolutely soul destroying. You start comparing yourself to others who were at your Assessment Day and wondering why you weren’t good enough.

It isn’t that you weren’t good enough. Maybe you just weren’t what the airline were looking for at that particular moment.

For those of you who’ve read my posts before, I applied to Virgin Atlantic back in the late 90’s. I was desperate to be one of those girls in red. I was already flying for another airline, so I thought I knew what the job was about and that I’d be a good fit.

I got an unsuccessful letter twice! I was devastated and I admit, I cried. And yes, I gave up. Fast forward to 2017 and I applied again, I was a very different person, and the person I had become was what Virgin was looking for.

Everyone has their own ways of dealing with a lack of confidence.

There are so many self help books out there, having a long and honest chat with a good friend or family member, writing a list of pros and cons and then working on what you consider might be your weaker points.

On the flip side there is also over confidence, and there is a fine line between this and arrogance.

We all know that one person who has seen it all, done it all, got the t shirt and tells you about it on a regular basis!

I attended an interview with a girl who was absolutely lovely, would have been brilliant. But she was so desperate for the job she tried too hard and came across as arrogant and bossy. Not letting others speak, not listening to others’ opinions and constantly trying to push herself to the forefront…

Unsurprisingly she didn’t get the job!

I know it’s tough sometimes, but never ever give up.

Life is too short to think…what if. Just go for it and you’ll get there in the end.

And as I always say #followyourdreams

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I am a 46 year old mum of 3 grown up sons, and a nearly 5 year old grandson - however I don't knit or wear cardigans! I started flying in 1994, since then I've worked outside the industry in various roles and for a number of leading airlines. Since January 2018 I have been flying full time as cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic. My hobbies include Latin American and Ballroom dancing, spending time with my lovely man and drinking white wine, particularly New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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