Nelson Caparas

Category: Inspiration

Stay On Track

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Stay On Track
By: Danee Liz

We all have various reasons for getting fit-to get a confidence boost to ask that girl out, to finally don those slim-fitting pants, or to stay away from health scares that come with age. For Nelson Caparas, his initial drive came from wanting to dance. This 27-year-old copywriter used to weigh 240 lbs. The product of bad eating habits, he remembers that he began gaining weight as early as 11 years old when he developed  the habit of eating instant noodles, processed meat, and junk food as his go-to snacks. It didn’t help that he had too much access to his mom’s sari-sari store. The unfortunate outcome: the pounds kept piling on until his 3rd
year in college.

THE WAKE-UP CALL

Caparas realized he needed a change when, unfazed by his weight, he decided to follow his passion for dancing. He auditioned for his university’s dance group, but was out before the final leg of auditions. He blamed his lack of conditioning. “I knew it was my fault because I knew I lost my
energy even before reaching the final stages of the auditions.” He then finally decided to get serious about losing weight.

Caparas tried a series of diets, and he even got to a point where he starved himself trying the most extreme of “cleansing” diets. “The first time I tried the lemonade detox. it was dreadful. Technically, you‘re not eating anything while you’re on the program and for someone who loves food, it was very difficult.

Realizing that fad diets weren’t the way to go, Caparas knew that he had to be more meticulous with his food choices. But as a self confessed foodie, he knew it would take a lot of will power. Still, he started cutting out chips in his diet. He also decided to go cold turkey on sodas and other sweetened drinks.

THE STRATEGY

In August 2006, Caparas finally made it to his school’s cheerdancing team. With dance practice everyday and a clean diet to follow, he lost 50 lbs in less than six months. When people began noticing, it motivated him more. “From the day I lost 50 lbs, I promised myself I would never go back to how I was before.”
Caparas was determined in improve his progress. And he covered all his fitness and nutrition bases in detail. “I kept a clean diet and always made sure that I ate healthy. I also read the nutrition facts before I purchased my snacks. I exercised everyday, and didn’t just stop training.” It was a gradual process that required patience and perseverance, that’s why Caparas continued to tweak his diet until he got results that he was looking for. “I only reached a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) in 2010 when I cut rice from my diet and stuck with vegetables, fruits, and lean meat.”

THE REWARD

Even after finishing his degree and landing a job, Caparas’ dedication didn’t waver, as he wanted to keep being healthy. To this day, he stays on the path toward his fitness goals and chooses not to be derailed. Caparas keeps the pounds at bay by frequenting the gym but fine-tunes his workouts to steer clear of plateaus. “At present, I’m focusing on compound exercises and work out three times a week,” he says.

When it comes to his meal plan, his day starts with either a healthy serving of muesli and soya bean extract or two hard-boiled eggs. Brunch is an egg sandwich on wheat bread or apples with nuts. For lunch, it’s a combo of steamed broccoli, carrots, and chicken breast or wheat pasta with pesto. Then, he goes back to muesli for dinner. “Aside from muesli, I eat oatmeal and rolled oats and just add fresh fruits for flavor.” Caparas also never forgets to “drink 15-20 glasses of water a day, and more when working out” to have a well-hydrated system.

Today, Caparas couldn’t be more pleased with what he can do, thanks to
all the sustained hard work he already put in. “Right now, I’m sticking with
what works for me. I don’t have to starve myself to lose weight but in fact,
I have to eat more to lose more. I just eat the right kind of food this time.


Thanks to Men’s Health Philippines for featuring my story. And of course, thanks to Mr. Lamar Roque for assistance, Mr. Migs Castro for the awesome photograph, and Miss Danee Liz for a very well written article. You guys are great! :)

Don’t forget to grab a copy of Men’s Health magazine; they are celebrating their 8th year this month (Dingdong Dantes and Bea Alonzo are on the cover). ;)

Fly The Flag

Hello! It’s been a while.

I just want to inform my co-cabin crew aspirants and followers that the flag carrier of the Philippines is doing their first Open Day (OD) this coming weekend. OD as we know it is the initial assessment of cabin crew applicants for a certain airline. What normally happens in an OD are submission of your updated resume, physical evaluation and a small talk with one of the airline’s recruiters. Here’s the poster I got from Philippine Airlines’ Facebook Page: Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines Fly The Flag

Philippine Airlines Fly The Flag

I applied for the same post exactly one year ago; apparently I didn’t make it. What happened during my impact interview (see here for the full story: A Very Long Way To Go) was: a short presentation of yourself (tell something interesting about what you do, your hobbies, etc.) and it normally lasts for 2-3 minutes, and an impromptu physical evaluation (face, teeth, skin, elbows, vision, etc.). At the end of the initial assessment, they handed us a small slip of paper telling if: we made it to the next level, conditional (you’re still considered but needs improvement) and a no. I got the latter. Hahaha. This year, PR (Philippine Airlines’ IATA Code) is holding their first OD at the Diamond Hotel on August 11-12, 2012. Registration will be from 8AM – 10AM. Those who will come beyond the registration period will not be accommodated. The activity will last roughly 8 hours (8AM-5PM). Interested applicants must come in business attire with their close-up and whole body pictures. The size of the picture wasn’t indicated on the poster/announcement so it’s better if you bring 3R and 4R for both pictures (just to make sure).

Tips for males: They prefer stubble free face, and wear any pastel colored top. That’s how they did it last year; I’m not really sure if it’s still the same this year so, it’s up to you. Alright, rain or shine I’ll see you there! Let’s put our best foot forward! :D

For more details: Philippine Airlines Career Webpage

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

I was browsing my computer’s hard drive and came across with this e-book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken by Mike Robbins. The book is all about authenticity. I remember what Hamlet said to Ophelia (I had to Google this because I can’t remember the exact words :p), “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” I’m guilty, I needed to read it.

“Why is it so hard to be authentic?”

We weren’t taught or encouraged to be authentic, we were told to do what’s right. What’s good in others’ eyes. Since we were little, we were always told to be quiet, don’t interrupt, don’t talk back, you can’t say that, etc. Our parents always hold us up to say what we want to say. Variations of these phrases continue to be said to us in school and at work. Most of us interpreted these words as “shut up and keep away from trouble” and we started living it throughout our lives.

We then started living with fear. The fear of failure, rejection, disappointment and others’ judgments. According to the book, Judgment is the “granddaddy” of all of our fears. We are obsessed with what will people think about us but the truth is, their opinions aren’t true. They are just opinions and it doesn’t matter. But we’re still scared and we do a lot of things to avoid being judged. Here’s a list (from the book) of the things that our fear of being judged stops us from doing:

• Speaking our truth
• Disagreeing with someone “important”
• Standing up for what we believe in
• Admitting we don’t know something, understand some-
thing, or like something we think we’re “supposed” to
• Taking risks
• Changing our life circumstances—career, relationships,
location, and so on
• Doing things differently than others around us—at work,
at home, in our community, and so on
• Changing our minds
• Doing things we really want to do that we assume others
won’t like, understand, or approve of

These are all made by our “Gremlins”, according to Mike Robbins, The Gremlin is the voice in our heads made up of all the negative and critical thoughts we have about ourselves on a regular basis. Our Gremlins often say or ask things like:

• “You can’t do that.”
• “Who do you think you are?”
• “Everyone will laugh at you.”
• “Remember the last time you tried something like this
and what a mess you made of that?”
• “Why do you always say and do such stupid stuff?”
• “You don’t have what it takes.”

Your Gremlin doesn’t want you to live an authentic life, speak your truth, express your real emotions, go for what you want, or celebrate who you are. It relishes in your self-criticism, doubt, and limitation.

We have to kill that Gremlin to be authentic and actually start living.
And for us to be able to do that, we have to know the five principles of authenticity.

Quoted from the book, here’s the five important principles of authenticity:

Principle 1: KnowYourself
Knowing ourselves is the first step to being ourselves in an authentic way. It takes courage to really look within and become aware of who we truly are at the deepest level. Our commitment to personal growth, to discovering more of who we are, and to allowing the support, honest feedback, and guidance of others is essential in our ability to know ourselves and thus be authentic.

Principle 2: Transform Your Fear
We all get scared in life, especially when we live, speak, and act in an authentic way. There’s nothing wrong with us for feeling fear; it’s one of the most basic and common human emotions. Our resistance to and denial of our fear are the real problems. When we’re able to admit, own, feel, and express our fear, we have the ability to transform it and utilize its power in a positive way. Taking action in the face of our fear is courageous and empower- ing. Being able to feel our fear and at the same time not allow it to stop us is essential in our commitment to live with authenticity.
living your authentic life.

Principle 3: Express Yourself
Expressing ourselves fully is one of the most important aspects of being authentic. When we have the courage to speak our truth, deal with conflicts directly, and express our emotions completely, we empower ourselves to be who we really are with others and in life in general. Being vulnerable and real, which on the surface are often seen as “weak,” in actuality are what give us access to authenticity, freedom, and power in our lives, our work, and our relationships.

Principle 4: Be Bold
Being bold is about living, speaking, and acting with courage and authenticity. It takes boldness to be true to ourselves and live an authentic life. Things we can do to be bold in our lives are be true to ourselves, live with passion, step out, lean on others, and when we fall down, get back up. When we remember and practice these important ele- ments of boldness with courage, we’re able to be who we truly are in a bold and authentic way.

Principle 5: Celebrate Who You Are
Celebrating who we are, completely, is the most important element to truly being ourselves. This is not about being arrogant or perfect, or having everything handled in life—it’s about accepting, acknowledging, and owning all of who we are, both our light sides and our dark sides, and choosing to celebrate ourselves. There is and only ever will be one of each of us. It’s our challenge in life to love our- selves in a genuine way if we want to live with a true sense of authenticity, fulfillment, and confidence. Being who we really are is all about celebrating ourselves.

These five principles of authenticity are powerful concepts that, with commitment, awareness, and courage, can be incorporated into your life on a regular basis. Each principle builds on the one before it, leading you through a process that starts with knowing yourself, then looks at confronting and transforming your fear, moves on to expressing yourself fully, continues with you being bold, and concludes with the most essential aspect of all: cele- brating and loving who you are.

I learned a lot from this book, but you see, there are always two sides to every person, one that we reveal to the world and another that we keep in ourselves. That is the fact that we can never change. But still, let’s try! :)

50 Things I Need To Give Up Today.

I’ve been thinking a lot of stuff today, I have nothing but my computer so I started googling things.
I asked Google for advice and I found this advertorial blog which is somewhat very helpful (copied from the blog post). :D

The 50 Things You Need To Give Up Today.

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.

So starting today…

  1. Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  
  2. Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.
  3. Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.  Right now is life.  Don’t miss it.
  4. Give up complaining. – Do something about it.
  5. Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
  6. Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow.  Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
  7. Give up lying. – In the long-run the truth always reveals itself.  Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
  8. Give up trying to avoid mistakes. – The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
  9. Give up saying, “I can’t.” – As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
  10. Give up trying to be everything to everyone. – Making one person smile can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  Start small.  Start now.
  11. Give up thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  12. Give up setting small goals for yourself. – Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail.  Ironically, setting these small goals is what makes them fail.
  13. Give up trying to do everything by yourself. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with.  If you work together, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.
  14. Give up buying things you don’t need. – Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects.
  15. Give up blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  16. Give up making mountains out of molehills. – One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  17. Give up trying to live up to the expectations of others. – Work on it for real and exceed your own expectations.  Everything else will fall into place.
  18. Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality. – There is too much emphasis on finding a ‘quick fix’ in today’s society.  For example taking diet pills to lose weight instead of exercising and eating well.  No amount of magic fairy dust replaces diligent, focused, hard work.
  19. Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise.  Over-deliver on everything you do.
  20. Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside. – People are not mind readers.  They will never know how you feel unless you tell them.
  21. Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Communicate effectively.
  22. Give up avoiding change. – However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So embrace change and realize that change happens for a reason.  It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
  23. Give up your sense of entitlement. – Nobody is entitled to anything in this world.  We are all equal.  We breathe the same air.  We get what we give.  We get what we earn.
  24. Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
  25. Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
  26. Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving!  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program.
  27. Give up junk food. – You are what you eat.
  28. Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.
  29. Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t smoke.  Etc.
  30. Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.  Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  31. Give up being shy. – Network with people.  Meet new people.  Ask questions.  Introduce yourself.
  32. Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself.
  33. Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon.  No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next.  So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
  34. Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  35. Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t find the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  36. Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
  37. Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
  38. Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone.  It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.  Think.  Relax. Breathe.  Be.
  39. Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.  Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
  40. Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it.  Think bigger.  Keep the end in mind.  Do what you know in your heart is right.
  41. Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  42. Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway.  So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
  43. Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re not passionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense.  The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing.  So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.  You’re on to something big.  Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.
  44. Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have.  Many people aren’t so lucky.
  45. Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things.  Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
  46. Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes.  Personality attracts the heart.  Be proud to be you.  That’s when you’re beautiful.
  47. Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not.  Be yourself.  Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
  48. Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity.  When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different.  Once again, be yourself.
  49. Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’  Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
  50. Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

I love how it ended the blog post with this message:

And remember, mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we’re alive.  So keep learning, loving and living.  Never give up on yourself.

Evidently, I have half a hundred things to give up starting today. I should print this out and post on my wall to remind me everyday.

The website where I got this has a lot of inspirational entries to lift up your spirit and what I love about it is its in bullets. ;)

Go here: Marc and Angel Hack Life : Practical Tips for Productive Living

So let’s all give these things up now and actually start living. :)

A very long way to go.

A few weeks after I graduate, I decided to pursue my career in advertising where I can expand my interests in arts, communication and marketing, but the industry has an extreme level of standards I don’t even qualify for an entry level post. Firstly, the degree I finished is outside the organization and secondly, I have no experience yet. I applied to almost all of advertising firms (small and big companies) in Makati, Ortigas and Quezon City but to no avail. I had to let it go.

One of my best friends Yzelle influenced me to pursue my career in hospitality management and tourism. To be a Cabin Crew or perhaps work in a five-star hotel (here or outside the country) became my target, getting either of the two jobs I will surely be in a euphoric state. That is of course for obvious reasons, to travel the world while getting paid. After more or less, one month, I applied to one of the most trusted head hunters in the Philippines for a Cabin Crew post for Emirates Airlines. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet their standards. Yzelle, on the other hand, made it to Emirates Airlines.

So I decided to pause, figure things out and focus. I found a job and worked my ass off while improving my imperfections for the position I am rooting for. I want to become an international Cabin Crew, in a five-star airline, first class.

Whilst working as a Customer Service Associate for Telstra (an Australian Telecommunications Company), I’m attending job interviews, resume submission and assessments with different airlines. After two failed attempts with Emirates Airlines, I focused on myself entirely. I worked my ass out, lost a few pounds, worked on my skin and teeth. I always make sure I look good and pleasing.

Because when applying for a Cabin Crew post, even if it is just a resume submission, you always have to dress up like one. Always in business attire, as much as possible; for guys coat and tie, pressed polo, slacks and black leather shoes. For the ladies, hair in a bun, full make up, corporate attire with blazer and closed shoes.

Let me give you an idea about how they do the assessment. Information here are combined inputs from my experiences and my friends’ experiences.

Cebu Pacific (IATA Code – 5J)Cebu Pacific

* First thing that they are going to do is measure your height (while doing this, they are already observing your posture, face and self-confidence), if you meet their standards, they will get your resume and give you instructions on the next step.

* Second step will be the initial interview. Just like normal job interviews, they will ask you the usual interview questions (I bet you know what these questions are). And if you are qualified, you get to advance to the next level which is exam, so on and so forth.

I wasn’t able to reach the third step so I have no idea what happens after that but as far as I know, you are going to take a test and then next is final interview. And I guess a series of medical tests to make sure you are fit for the job. This is the normal routine for 5J’s assessment days and I attended their assessment day last year, I’m not sure if they still do the same thing.

AirPhil Express (IATA Code – 2P)

AirPhil ExpressYou can walk in anytime in the morning for the assessment, as long as they have openings for the Cabin Crew post (both male and female).

* Firstly, they will get your resume, will let you fill-out an application form and proceed to the initial interview. During the initial interview, the interviewer will ask you to stand in front of her and answer her questions briefly. As expected, just normal interview questions – you have to show the interviewer that you are confident and comfortable. Because the way she looked at me during the initial interview, it’s like I’m auditioning for American Idol. Normally they look very intimidating but don’t let them blow you away, don’t be scared, fight it. :)

* If you pass you get an hour break and proceed to the Executive Interview right away. You will be speaking with the HR Manager of AirPhil Express. The HR Manager checked my height, weight, knees, arms, hands, elbows and teeth before the interview starts. Situational interview questions will be asked so you have to be prepared for this one or perhaps be careful with words you’re going to use. Because this is where I failed. :D After a long “interrogation” I got a “thank you for your time” slip. I know what my mistake was, it was too little but too late as well. The next step will be written exam, after that you will start training. ;)

Philippine Airlines (IATA Code – PR)Philippine Airlines

This is one of my desired airlines to work for. If I can’t make it to Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, at least Philippine Airlines. I find them very elegant and classy. I sent my resume after my graduation but I never received any response from them. I do that religiously at least 3 times a year but to no avail. Last month, I tried it again, fortunately I got a call from them inviting me for an impact interview. During the call, the young lady I was talking to asked for my height, weight and if I have a perfect vision. To make sure that I am qualified and advance to the impact interview.

So what exactly an impact interview is? It is not the normal job interview,  you get to present and sell yourself. No questions from the recruiters. Before doing it, one of the recruiters will present in front of everybody about Philippine Airlines, the people, job, compensation and benefits. And also, what’s going to happen for that day. So here it is:

* You will fill-out an application form (the one that you get from the career page of their website) and attach the 2×2 picture. They didn’t ask for our resumes anymore since we applied online, they have a copy of it.
* One by one, we stood in front of everybody, introduced ourselves and told everyone something that we think is interesting about us (you can include here why you want to be part of PR, etc.).
* For guys, after the self-presentation, we were asked to walk towards the “judges” ;) show our arms and elbows, grin widely so they can see our teeth, smile and while smiling we were asked to face left and right. And then wait until everybody is done with the impact interview. For the ladies, they were asked to walk a few steps towards the recruiters, turn around, do the same thing (with the arms and smile etc) and they were asked to remove the coat/blazer to see their shoulders and arms and asked to wait until everybody is done.
* After the impact interview, they gave us slips where the results are.

There are 3 kinds of results:
1. The negative which means you didn’t meet their standards.
2. The conditional status which means they are considering you but you need to improve some aspects like your weight, skin and teeth and come back whenever you are ready.
3. And for medical, which means very good, apparently. You will advance to the next step which is the unofficial medical test. After this test and met their standards, you will be scheduled for an EPI or Executive Panel Interview where all of the executives of PR will assess if you really are qualified to be a PR Cabin Crew.

I didn’t meet their requirements. I anticipated the result though because I did something wrong during the self-presentation. ;)

Qatar Airways (IATA Code – QR)Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways always does Open Days in the Philippines at least 3 or 4 times a year. Some information here about the recruitment process are from my QR Cabin Crew friend.

Open Day – Registration and reach test. If you were able to reach the 212cm mark, you’re good to proceed inside the ball room. If not, your application will be rejected. Inside the ball room, you only have to pass your resume or cv (curriculum vitae) to QR Representatives, answer few questions from them and wait for them to contact you through a call or a text within the day if you are shortlisted and advance to the next level that always happens the day after the Open Day.

Assessment Day – Only those applicants who received the “golden” call or text (that’s what we call it) will be accommodated for this day. Walk-in applicants are not allowed. They are divided into two batches, one in the morning and another batch in the afternoon. For each batches, there are more or less 100 shortlisted applicants (male and female). An introduction about Qatar and Qatar Airways will be presented. After the presentation, you will be asked if you have questions or if there are things that you want to clarify before going for a 15-minute break. After the break, you will be answering different kinds of tests (reading, grammar, GMT, general, essay) which according to my friend and to those who were able to reach this part, is a very easy test. At the time of the test, applicants will be called one by one to do the reach test again and check if you have tattoos and visible scars. Once everyone is done with the test, you get a 30-minute lunch break before announcing those who were able to make it to the next level. Roughly 50 applicants will advance to group dynamics. For the group dynamics, they will just give you topics and discuss it with everyone in your team. While the discussion is happening, the recruiters are actually observing you, how you communicate and of course your leadership skills. After this activity, another elimination will happen and usually only 10 applicants advance to the next step which is the Final Interview.

Final Interview – A nerve wracking interview with the QR Representatives, situational questions and other stuff about aviation. It doesn’t happen right after the Assessment Day, it is a scheduled interview. Others get interviewed a few days after the Assessment Day while others don’t. Sometimes they schedule them for an interview after a month, it really depends on what’s going to happen.

If you pass all of these, you’re good to proceed to medical exam here in the Philippines. If everything goes well, you will be sent to Doha, Qatar for training. But before the training you will undergo another medical there to make sure you are fit for the job. If not, you need to pack your things up and go home. :(

I never get invited to attend Qatar Airways Assessment Day. I started attending their Open Days last year (October), my second attempt happened sometime in June, third was in July and last October 2nd was my fourth and last attempt for this year. I will be resting from attending Open Days of any airlines for now. Firstly, I have a new job which I think is really fun. Secondly, I will have my orthodontic braces on before the year ends. And thirdly, I just need a break. I’m not giving up though, like what Celine Dion said, “if you want it the most there’s no easy way out” (admit it, you sang it! lol). I will just take a break, improve myself more for two years and then try it again. I can never turn my back on something I really want. ;)

One day, I will click “I’ve done this” on “Become a Flight Attendant” bullet on my 43things account.

P.S.

If you have questions/clarifications, don’t hesitate to ask.

And to all aspiring Cabin Crews out there like me, you might want to download this e-book: How To Become A Cabin Crew for more information on acing the interview, grooming, et al. You will need a .zip extractor to open the file. Enjoy! Fly with you soon!