I believe you have read about the life of a stewardess by Yahoo ! If you haven’t, I would strongly urge you to read it.
I think most of it is very true and I still think it has a lot to do with peer influence and the way you choose to lead your life.
I have decided to put this post up because I think it will serve as a very good reminder to all the cabin crew hopefuls as well as all my readers and students who had got the job.
If you do notice in my comments or post, I do urge everyone to please save up your salary and not spend them as if there’s no tomorrow.
Think about this, you may be in the job for a short haul or long haul, it doesn’t matter. and sure, the pay is good and when shopping overseas, you will find things you like at a cheap discount, tempting you to buy more at “cheap”.
Then again… how cheap is cheap when each bag cost about a few thousand dollars ? Do we really need that many “thousand dollar bag”? Are we trying to prove anything ?
In addition, imagine if you are in this for the short haul.. and after 2 years, you get bored of the job and decide to leave the company. How much do you have in the bank now as compared to 2 years ago ?
If you keep spending like there’s no tomorrow, first, you are pressured to stay on as you can’t “upkeep” the lifestyle you once have and because the freshness and passion is no longer there, you will hate your job. and when you do… flying become a chore than an enjoyment.
I believe a lot of cabin crews will agree with me that the initial phase of flying, is amazing. But once you get “routine”, its nothing special anymore. So, my question to you is… what do you want to achieve from here ? A short stint ? or a career for life. That’s a very important question.
If its for the experience and you don’t plan to stay for long… then all the more, its important to remind yourself before splurging your money.
So, when applying for the job, what do you hope to receive after your contract end ? I am sure you would want a fulfilling experience that has allowed you to see the world and at the same time “beef” up your bank account so that in the near future, life is going to be so much better – with you having the financial ability to make more life choices.
I always advocate saving up. and no… its not that you don’t spend (I think its rather impossible). But rather, be in control of what you spend. I mean… how many bags do we really need. Bags don’t provide us with a “living”. When we are in need, “bags” are just bags…. (I know its hard, and I don’t mean you don’t buy. I believe that 1 or 2 is fine… but not like a wardrobe full of it !)
Remember, we don’t want to be “slave” to anything… be it our job, partners or even our possession (ie, cars, houses, material “asset”).
Ultimately, the decision is yours to make. No one can pressure or force you to do anything you don’t want.
I have a friend who had saved up more than $100,000 in her bank account after 5 years in the job. She still lead a pretty comfortable life when flying… except that she doesn’t splurge on branded stuff (she still occasionally dines at good restaurants, and she only had one Prada bag) When she left her job, she has now, more money to make better choices for her future.. be it her marriage or starting a family with her bf.
So… here are 2 different stories… a crew in debt, and a crew with ample money in the bank. Which position would you rather be in ?
I do hope this post can be a good reminder every time you are overseas, especially the ‘sinful’ European countries.
Everything is a choice
Read my post 2 years back: To Cabin Crews and Hopefuls – A Life Advice
P.S: At your time here in this blog, I do hope that I can provide you with the best information and truth about the industry. So, whatever I write comes from my experience and what I feel can serve you better… for I don’t wish anyone of you here fall into any mistake or trap that many others have made.