#2- How I Lost $1 Million Dollars As A Flight Attendant
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It’s Cousin Nita…
In this issue, I'm going to tell you how I lost over a million dollars because I chose to be a Flight Attendant.
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So when I was 20 I found out about flight attendant school and I thought, "Free flights, traveling for work. Not having to work every day. Getting to meet new people all over the world. Sign me up."
So I went to flight attendant School in Houston, Texas. I was going to be flying for Express jet which was like one of the little regional carriers for United at the time.
So I'm 20 years old. Really no money, no credit, like really much of nothing.
A lot of hustle a lot of ambition.
So in Houston, they provided room and board for us, they put us up at this hotel. We were staying with people that we didn't know like roomies or whatever, and then they would come and get us and take us to the training facility every day.
So we get through that which was a month of unpaid training. Right? So I really wasn't tripping on the unpaid training because I wasn't really making any money when I was at home anyway, so I thought well if y'all are taking care of room and board and then I'm gonna go start working, cool.
So the training is over.
We graduate I get my wings.
It's so crazy. I don't have any pictures of this because like this literally happened.
But anyways, I get my wings and find out that I'm going to be stationed in Chicago, I thought dope like, at that time I had never been to Chicago and I'm just thinking of Michael Jordan.
Like I'm just just green as can be right. LOL
So I get ready to ship to Chicago.
This whole time,I'm thinking once I get to Chicago, I'm going to be working
I get to Chicago O'Hare Airport and I pick up my uniform, got my luggage,and everything.
And so I'm thinking okay, next thing is to start flying!
So there I am in Chicago.
Now what they don't tell you is that once you get out of flight attendant school and you get stationed they don't they don't help you with room and board.
So I had nowhere to live in Chicago.
Some other girls were going through the same thing. We all decided to pitch him for a hotel room. Mind you I didn't have any money like any money so I'm calling home to my mom and grandma telling them you know what's happening and what's going on.
So my grandma sent me money for the hotels. I think she gave me money for like a week or something like that.
So Mind you, it's like eight of us in a double hotel room. So you could just imagine right? So but again we're all thinking like you know, we're gonna start flying.
Well, long story short, come to find out. As a flight attendant you fly based on seniority.
So new flight attendants start at the bottom of the list and you're on call 24 hours around the clock.
You could get called for a flight and within two hours you have to report to the airport ,so there is no going to get another job, and you have to be within two hours of the airport.
I think I stayed about 30 days in Chicago at the hotel room situation.
And I did three or four flights the entire time.
I remember I was like down to my last 50 bucks.
And I was just like yeah I tried this. I gave it a try.
It's not working, I'm out!
I didn't enjoy flying as much as I thought I would, so I took that $50 and I caught the Amtrak train back to Cleveland.
I remember we had a layover in Philly for like 11 hrs.
I remember walking around outside near the train station thinking...
"What am I gonna do? "What am I gonna do now like, this didn't work. I gave this all this time and money.
I had given up my little job and my place where I was living.
So I knew I was going home starting off at zero. And that's what I did.
That experience shaped taught me alot.
I think about alot of good lessons that I've learned the hard way...
And then I think about those people who at 20 were learning about trades and opportunities to learn lifelong skills.
My million dollar mistake was going to Flight Attendant School instead of Home Inspection School!
I would have averaged 6 Figures in that industry over the last 10yrs or so is over a million dollars lost!!!
It's so important that we share trades and alternative opportunities with our young people.
Stop boxing them in to college or the military.
Let's find a solution that works best for them.
For me, it definitely would have benefited me to learn a trade coming out of high school
I wonder how many other young adults felt the same??
I asked my mom what she thought of my Flight Attendant idea...LOL...