Go back to being a "Flight Attendant" or not?
April 17, 2009 12:46am CST
I've worked as a Flight Attendant mid last year for just a couple of months. I quit ... well actually, I was on AWOL (hehe)! I entered the scene 'cause I heard it paid well and true enough it did. My sole purpose was to work for atleast a couple of months; like 5 months or so and then use my savings as a capital for a small business. I've always wanted to become a businesswoman and being a flight attendant was just my way to get to my dreams. But now that I've experienced the so-called traveling (In Cebu Pacific we were not actually allowed to leave the plane ... unless you request for a cigarette break ;p ) Anyway, now that I've quit the job, I get jealous of my other batchmates who are now working abroad and are truly experiencing traveling because in the airlines that they are working in they are not only able to go down the plane but lay off on the destination for a couple of days and you can literally tour! Not to mention it pays really well. Probably in a year I can put up a house here in the Philippines and live as a businesswoman after. It confuses me 'cause I get homesick easily and I don't think I quite have the pocket money to start with as I will still be in training if ever I get accepted "if" i apply. But the top reason I am confused is that, if I work away from my country, I will be leaving my boyfriend behind who I will miss and he has been someone that I have depended on for 4 years. In my head i want to be independent but my gutts don't push me that hard. I know, "No gutts! No Money!" Also me and my boyfriend have started a small business here in our city but we are only just starting and we haven't quite seen good results yet. It's just been a few months. I am a person who wants to get things started immediately and get things done as soon as possible. Yeah! I'm a little impatient. The results from our business is not quite so clear yet and I want to be rich by 27 years old! By the way I'm only 22. You see being rich at my 20's is my dream and I know I can do it if I work abroad but there are risks involved and the emotional risk is what I'm worried most about. Do I want the short way? (Be a Flight Attendant abroad)??? or the long way (struggling in business with little capital)??? Live my dream as a businesswoman today? or put it off to earn more savings as capital and live being a businesswoman later in the future? WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
• Hong Kong
17 Apr 09
I just watched a news tonight, Cathay Pacific has made their staff to have no-pay leave. Do you think you really could get back to be a flight attendant easily in this hard times? If you really need money for your business, it is good to earn more money to make your dream come true, so why not just go for it. Both ways still have chances to make you achieved remarkable success in work. Maybe you apply for the job first, and consider it again when you are offered a job. But you should know almost everyone would think they don't have enough capital at the first place. If you have 50, then you will plan for a business you need 100. So after you got 100, you will start to plan a business needs 150. It is common in this business world.
• United States
17 Apr 09
I would totally be a flight attendant if I was childless. I love to travel think that it would be really great. You're going to need to really save up to start a business and many have to work while starting up (we did)... You can only make this decision. Wish you luck : )
• United States
27 Sep 12
It is really a tough choice for you ma'am, and you just have to calculate or weigh what is the best result for you. So, there will be a lot of thinking, and a lot of calculation you have to be done. I hope that you will find the best way to earn you the most money, and to make your dream come true too. I want to be rich in my younger age too, but I am still struggling on my own.
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 09
I think that if you work as a flight attendant for three to five more years you will have enough money for your business ideas to really take off. If you stay at home you will be with your boyfriend but you might not make enough money to be well off the time you are in your late twenties. It would be so exciting for you to see some of the world and you could send emails to your boyfriend. So you could be a jet set traveler now with your in flight career and enjoy seeing your bank account go up ready for you to be an excellent business woman. Good luck whatever you decide.
18 Apr 09
Quite a difficult balancing act huh? Here's the deal, do you know your boyfriend's priorities? I mean is he aware of you wanting to be rich as soon as possible? If no then i guess you should let him know or else he might be thinking that you're going through it all together with the same time frame of being successful entrepreneur. I know you have your ambitions and i know you love your boyfriend so i guess it's only you who can really tell what path you would like to take. We may not know to what degree are you willing to leave your boyfriend or to what degree you are willing to sacrifice your ambitions just to be with the man you love. One advice though, follow your heart.