My journey started ages ago, actually back in 2005 when I was on the plane for the first time with my one way ticket to Dublin. I was more excited to be on the plane than changing my life forever.
“At that time I said to myself….I will be Cabin Crew one day!”
Years gone by, I was working in a beautiful department store, progressing from a Saturday Sales Assistant to a Supervisor to a Department Manager.
I am a very loyal person, I loved my job, my department, my team, the shop. I couldn’t leave my friends at work and especially my buyer who loved working with me. She wanted me to take over when she’s gone, so after her retirement. To be a buyer was a next step for me and I so wanted to become one but my heart was somewhere else.
My good friend started working as cabin crew for my favourite airline Virgin Atlantic. Seeing her so happy and excited was making me feel so excited. That was the moment.
In 2017 I decided to apply.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect. I went online, attached my CV and waited. A month later I got an email, that I was not successful that time. My heart broke down, I was very upset but thought…well…what have I done wrong? I even emailed them and a lovely lady called me back. She gave me tips what to do next time and what not to do. I couldn’t believe it. She found time to call me….me??? Someone who’s just been rejected…..What a fantastic customer service WOW. I was so impressed.
“I said to myself, I need some help. And I found you guys! I signed myself up and attended the training in February 2018 in Bournemouth. The best 2 days of my life. I was like this energizer bunny on speed!”
After the conversation I started my research. CV preparation, do’s and don’ts etc.
After the training I couldn’t wait for the recruitment to be open again. 31st of May 2018 I made a decision. I applied again. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and easyJet.
I got through BA and easyJet straight away the same day and was invited to attend the assessment centres. I booked BA for July and easyJet August the 9th. I thought I will give myself some time to prepare.
You won’t believe but at the same time quite a few things were happening in my life.
- I was doing a British Citizenship.
I was passing exams, learning everything about England from Stone Age, going back and forth to London, sending kgs of paperwork, being stressful and seriously tired. I was never tired in my life. Always busy, running like a headless chicken every day. That was very odd and I didn’t know what was going on with me, my body.
- The shop I was working for had a new boss and was going through restructuring.
Managers, buyers, assistant buyers have been given 2 choices: to take a voluntary redundancy and paid notice period or to stay and apply for your own position and fight with your friends (the process took 4 months).
Well, I’ve made a decision…
This is my opportunity to take the money and follow my dream and get my dream job. I gave them my notice and my last day was August the 31st.
I was absolutely scared, confused, happy, tired,…literally everything at the same time. I knew I had assessment days coming up and was hoping for the best. They didn’t want me to go. They wanted me to stay and become one of the 6 Managers. I refused the offer. I gave them the notice.
Unfortunately ….mid July….something UNEXPECTED happened.
Well…being so stressed with British Citizenship, knowing that I still don’t have a job after August, will be leaving soon, I found a lump in my left breast while putting on my bra. I had a cyst there in 2006 and thought it might be the same thing….I had an ultrasound, a small sample has been taken out and had a mammogram done in a hospital.
Two weeks later I found out that I have an invasive breast cancer. Stage 2.
I was not even upset. After everything happening in my life at that time I was prepared to deal with an impossible.
In a hospital, when I received the news I said to the doctors and nurses “I don’t have time for this, what’s the plan?”
They didn’t understand, they thought I was in shock, so I explained it. I want to get my dream job, do my citizenship, I leave work in 6 weeks time, and will be unemployed soon. And now this….. They were speechless. The doctor made an executive decision and without even checking with the surgeon booked my operation in Maidstone on the 31st of August.
So…there was a plan.
I like knowing where am I standing so I can decide what to do next.
End of July I attended BA assessment and was sooo excited that I managed that. Unfortunately, I was not successful. Half way through the day they sent me home. I was just too happy. Probably because it was my first one. I couldn’t control my nerves. I took it on board, on my chest, made some notes what to do and not to do and thought – it was a great experience. Hopefully it will help me in the future.
On the 9th of August I had an easyJet assessment day. I went through every, single stage. I was supposed to get the YES OR NO email within 10 days and got one next morning. It was surreal. Virgin Atlantic emailed me as well saying that they haven’t forgotten about me. They are still screening the applications and as soon as they finish they will let me know. I believe in destiny so I thought that was not my time yet. I can wait.
I had my breast cancer operation on the 31st of August. I knew that time, that taking the voluntary redundancy was like a blessing in disguise, because the company was paying me to stay home and fully recover. I got the time I needed. The rest was so important in my situation.
“End of November I got the phone call from my easyJet coordinator, that my start day is April the 11th. I was so excited!”
Even though I had a start date I had lots of issues with health company checking if I recovered properly. Lots of paperwork, checks, hospital letters, GP letters. It was such a long process and I got the confirmation phone call end of January. From January till end of March I was working as a sales assistant on ladies fashion in another department store. Lovely experience, lovely people but I just couldn’t wait to start my training. I have told them my story. Even though they wanted me to stay they knew I had a dream and it took me so long to get what I’ve dreamed of. My boss said, that she will kick me out if I won’t do it.
“End of April, after 4 long weeks, lots of exams, sleepless nights, hard work I am finally here. I’m proud to announce that I had my graduation and GOT MY WINGS. I am going to be a part of MY ORANGE FAMILY – lovely easyJet. Excitement is an understatement.”
Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of my life. I wouldn’t have done it without you, without your help and your advice.
I can NOT wait to be on that plane and sit in a flight deck for take off and landing on my first day.
LOTS OF LOVE. Follow your dreams. NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER HOW HARD THE LIFE WILL TREAT YOU.
I have my first ever flight on a Monday. I cannot wait. I love planes. EasyJet is a such a lovely company to work for. They really do care about people. But I must admit…when I was in Gatwick (North terminal), and saw the VIRGIN ATLANTIC SIGN my heart was saying…ONE DAY ANNA ONE DAY. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.