“When I left nursing, I was about four months away from being promoted to senior staff nurse. I didn’t feel like I was missing out because the pay increment didn’t really justify the additional workload.
Furthermore, it wasn’t something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life; so, I decided to become an air stewardess with Emirates. I mean, why not fly when you’re still young, right?
That experience exposed me to so many different cultures and it really changed my way of thinking. Prior to becoming a stewardess, I was really anti-social and never smiled.
I wouldn’t even say hi when I bumped into acquaintances. I’m much friendlier now to the point where people don’t even believe me when I say that I wasn’t a people person once.
I left Emirates in 2012, and today, I’m in-charge of sales and marketing for a company that’s a distributor of medical services. Even though I’m no longer a nurse or flying, I feel like both experiences have helped me in my current role.
I gained medical experience through nursing and developed good PR skills through being an air stewardess, so now I’m able to apply both at my new job that I really like.” – Joey, 29
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