International Career, More Blessed life: Worth waiting for…

Published July 23, 2006 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

It was April 25’2006- when I submitted my resume at International Placement Agency through email they replied after 2 days saying that I should proceed to Physical Screening and Initial Interview, April 27’ 2006- I went to the Agency wearing corporate attire as required, they checked my skin, teeth, height & weight, luckily I have no noticeable blemish & my weight are proportioned to my height. I passed the physical screening and scheduled me for interview. April 28’ 2006- I visited Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, May 3’2006- I went back to Agency for the interview, a foreigner personnel interviewed me, Ms. Jasmine told me that they will call within 4-6 weeks if I will be short-listed. Weeks has passed and I haven’t receive any call, but I didn’t lose hope, I also applied to other Airlines such as Etihad Airlines, they called me for assessment at Hyatt Hotel in Roxas Blvd, but I arrived late afternoon and it was closed already! but that didn’t discourage me!

June 23’2006- After more than a month of waiting, while my family and I are on the way to St. Jude church in Manila, I received a text message from IPAMS saying that I should report at IPAMS to pick up my Qatar Airways assessment! The messages are still in my cellphone! =) After we visited the church I received another text message from Cebu Pacific, they invited me for exams on June 26 7:30am at Training and development Center, Pasay. The exam was so hard, it’s like entering a prestigious university. It’s strictly time pressure per exam, it includes English proficiency, Analogy/Abtracts, Problem reasoning with explanation, reading comprehension, Psychology & mathematics!!! I spent 4 hours there, we were 24 taking exams then only 3 Passed, including myself, but down to 2 because the other applicant has a tattoo in her arms. So we were just 2 who passed that morning. Thank God!

I solemnly pray and offer Novena to Mother Perpetual & St. Rita (St. of Impossible.) I really want to be a Flight Attendant, My story started when I was 5 yrs old, (1990) my first trip to Singapore, California then Hawaii. Seeing and knowing the Perks & advantages of flight attendants that was enough for me! I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and with my almost yearly travel abroad, I have never deviated from that dream! Finally my chance came. I’m 21, old enough and just graduated a 4 years degree of B.A Communication Arts last April 1’2006.

June 30’2006- Qatar Airways workshop & Assessment held in New Manila, QC. The Flight attendant recruiters are British, Egyptian and Indian national (No Filipino). First they orient us, some discussion, Question & Answer, etc… Then they gave us comprehensive English Proficiency exam, while taking the exam they called the applicants by number, one by one… (I still recall my badge number 42!) Then they once again measure the height, weight, teeth and they will ask you some personal questions to test communication skills, They even asked if I was wearing contact lens, I replied yes, because I’m near sighted. After the exam they will check the papers then divide us to 3 groups for group dynamics, they gave us 3 situations & problems, on where we must contribute our ideas and point of views while the recruiters are evaluating us. The time has come, they will already announce the chosen applicants, I was Chosen!!! I was the last number announced! 42! Thank God! Out of 50 applicants that morning I was one of the 8 who got chosen!!! My heart is pounding, my hand is shaking, it’s like I want to cry! While other applicants who already have experiences and currently working at Philippine Airlines & Cebu Pacific and some already applied more than 3 times already but got rejected, I can’t believe I was chosen immediately… It was one of the memorable day of my life! Then I went home and pray, it’s such a big help!

July 2’ 2006- (Sunday) After filing out the application forms given by the international airline, We went to the International placement Agency for my Panel Interview, Then Executive Interview! It’s like a Ms. Universe pageant Q & A with more than 1 interviewer. Sensing how determined and serious I was, they closed the interview saying that the decision will be out within two weeks because the authorities when they’re back in Qatar will still approve it! The following day, an unfamiliar telephone number registered my cellphone, I missed the call and didn’t bother to call back, but then the next day July 3’ 2006,the exact time when I was reading a prayer book, the same number called me. If I’m not mistaken her name is Ms. Feyolla- an Egyptian. She said, “Hi, Estrellita!? If we will accept you, we would like you to know that colored hair is prohibited” I said “Oh, no Problem!” She said, Ok, great! Have a great day”.

A week came, and another week. It’s really hard to wait! Most especially when you didn’t know yet what you’re waiting… I was wondering why it took almost 3 weeks already, what went wrong, A time comes that I couldn’t stand the suspense any longer – I called the Agency to know if the results are out already! Finally, July 19’ 2006 (Wednesday) out of my despair – I received a text message that I should call the Agency regarding Qatar Airways application, I was inside the car that time, so I used my cellphone to call them, This was the big moment! They informed me the schedule of orientation & requirements that I should bring because I’m already accepted as FLIGHT ATTENDANT to an International Airline! I had finally received the answer I wanted to hear – I got the job!

*** “Prayer is a big help, keep believing, just have faith, don’t’ lose hope in achieving your goals in life, don’t let yourself be distracted because you know yourself better!!! Always remember that Everything’s happen for a reason, Time will come that it’s your time to shine so Dream big! & you’ll go far!” –Star


13 comments on “International Career, More Blessed life: Worth waiting for…

  • you know what ate., i was very inspired by your story on how you dream of becoming a cabin crew and how it was given to you by God. I hope He’ll also make it happen to me because it has always been my dream since my childhood days. God bless.

  • hi ate star, your blogs are very inspirational. I learned a lot about being a flight attendant- especially about the pros and cons that goes with the job. Keep blogging po because it would be of big help especially to aspiring FA’s such as myself.=)

    I would just like to ask po if ano po yung specific na International Placement Agency nung nagpasa po kayo ng application for FA? I hope you’ll reply po.thank you!

    God Bless.=)

  • Hi,

    I wonder if ur working for Qatar Airways now? I will probably attend their recruitment campaign in Malaysia this Dec. Wonder how the procedures would be..

  • Hello Ms. Star!

    I am an upcoming first year college student and I’m planning to take A.B. Communication . I was really inspired by your story to pursue my college degree in that course .
    More power! 😀

  • Please pray for my application on may 1 open screening. at Manila Diamond Hotel. I’m already 31, 5’2″, with 2 kids and try to pursue to be a cabin crew in Qatar Airways. All my past experience was on Sales, office & food&beverage industry. This is the first time I’ll try on Air lines job and with faith , diligence and determination I believe in GOD that it will come true like yours…Nothing is impossible to GOD.

  • My golly i didn’t know that it’s really really hard to get into an Airline company as a flight attendant. This is really helpful for me because I happen to know a bit of how will the recruitment process would be like, no matter how intense it is I will do my best for my dream to come true. Though I find it impossible for me to get accepted. your words are uplifting and its giving me hope that in God’s time and through God’s blessing I might be able to become a flight attendant someday I just need to do my best and have faith in HIM. Thank you!!

  • You just gave me the reason to believe in MYSELF and follow my dream! I was searching in google “qatar airways flight attendant”, I saw your pictures and got curious on your blog.
    wow! Now I know it wasn’t that easy. But all you said based on your experiences are undeniably true, I’m waiting for my graduation next yr. and I am so excited to travel in Doha, Qatar, that’s my plan to stay there as a tourist and apply in Qatar airways (Come what may) :)), but before that I think I need more investment in myself like being prepared for physical exams 🙂 I wanna say “thank you” ate star, you really inspired me thank you for sharing all you’re experiences. Along my journey is HIM that would never stop me for believing. Arigatou gozaimasu 😉

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  • good to hear. I had the same experience with Qatar. I got accepted passed but failed medical because of my scoliosis of 17 deg 😦 it was so depressing 😦 n I lose hope but im currently back on track. im applying again for a different airline. hoping that they would consider my scolio 🙂

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