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by Nathan Archibald about a month ago in industry

I want to be a Flight Attendant

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Well, hello there, reader. I'm going to be upfront and tell you, this journal entry isn't for you. There are changes coming in my life, where I don't think I will be able to physically write down my thoughts as easily. A physical journal has weight, mass, and the ability to get lost; while a digital journal can outlast.

I know you are curious about the changes that might be coming in my life, because you are incredibly nosy, and this is on a public forum. I'm one week away from a final interview with American Airlines, as a Flight Attendant. I will be flying out on Sunday the 27th, and interviewing with a group of candidates on the 28th. I may not be the strongest writer, or story teller, but I do have some charisma and a terrible sense of humor.

My preferable way of sharing my life would probably be on video, but I tend to get camera shy when I am trying to record, also... who wants to sit and edit video? I would much rather go live and see what happens I don't like the idea of trying to plan out every single detail of my video and editing it to make it right.

If I am writing, I can let things flow and go back to correct grammar, and hopefully some punctuation. I digress.

I applied to be a Flight Attendant because I like the idea of adventure, travel, culture, and I have the ability to endure hours upon hours of customer service. I excel at customer service, however, a lot of customer service jobs don't really pay all that well. There were a few friends of mine who got into flight attending and absolutely fell in love with it. If they can do it, why not me?

This is what I have learned about the process of applying, so far:

  1. It's a long process; if you are in a hurry, hurry up and wait. I applied months ago and I am now getting to the second interview.
  2. You have to pass the first assessment, which is a video interview... not a skype type. They literally ask you a pre-recorded question and you answer on a video, and you only get one take.
  3. Did I mention it's a lot of waiting?
  4. From as far as I can tell, even if I make it past this next interview, I will have to wait another few months before training, which is six weeks and unpaid. You don't have a job offer until you get your wings.

Talk about a long process. It makes sense, but it really gets the anxiety up there. I can't imagine how many candidates they have been going through just to get this group of interviews going.

To be honest, I think my ultimate goal would to be to get out of the planes, servicing people, and into the training rooms or on their training videos. I want to teach and guide people who are looking to get more out of their lives. Even who I am today, I want to enrich people's lives with knowledge, passion, and inspiration.

We deserve to experience love and compassion at any moment in our lives, even at our worst.

Her's another truth bomb, this time in my life has been rather difficult, given my job history, past mistakes, and current living situation. Landing a job with American Airlines would definitely change my life in a monumental way.

If you made it all the way to the end... Thank you. You are appreciated. I will be going into more details on my personal story in the near future. I decided to use this forum as a way to share my story, and hopefully someone can find solace in knowing that they aren't alone and we all go through different seasons in our lives and we can help one another... even indirectly.

Good night.

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Nathan Archibald
Nathan Archibald
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