From Air Hostess to Aircraft Mechanic, and an Airplane accident that change my life and myself forever.
I worked for 5years on the Airline Industry, started as a Cabin Crew, became a Cabin Manager, and during this time I decided to start practicing Skydiving, until the day I had an Accident in 2015 7/7 with an Airplane of Skydiving in Dubai, however I struggled to keep flying and ensuring the safety of My passengers I was growing in my subconscious a fear of heights, something I never had, surviving that accident was a miracle. But all the problems came up a few months later, I was always talking about it, having nightmares, until the day anxiety toke over my daily routine and I quit my work. I was invited later to work in a School of skydiving to face the fear but it was not the solution, few months later i sold all my gear, started to go to a psychologist wasted my savings and it didn't help much, tried different jobs just to pay my rent but I was in a spiral until one day I had an opportunity to work as an assistant mechanic for 1 company providing maintenance of airplanes for the army, this all happened thanks to the help of a friend that took me to another country, that opportunity made me see my future and also helped me a lot with my anxiety and also gave me back good nights of sleeping. Why I feel I was born to this job, when I was a kid I used to like to fix my bike using my grandfather tools, he was a chief mechanic in the commercial navy and I felt that my passion for using the tools and fixing things was in my blood once I started doing simple tasks and growing as I consider myself a fast learner and highly responsible with safety focus, also my years of experience in aviation oriented to ensure the safety. Being able to experience this job made me feel so good and related to everything I believe in myself.I was doing something that made me really happy.
Today I hear the voices of colleagues who advised me to sue the Skydiving school in the desert of dubai, but on that time I felt that was wrong, like I was taking advantage of the lack of luck of this people, but i wasn't thinking straight, that happened because someone failed doing their job.
Today I struggle to pay my rent sent my cv over 40 companies in europe, all i think is how to get this job, went to a few open days for airlines but they never replied back, even with 1 year experience in my logbook as unlicensed mechanic, they give priority to the kids who finished the course which is really expensive and I can't afford even with a low rent of a flat of a friend. The salaries in Portugal are low and with the increase of tourism is really difficult to find a place.
This is my last resource into not quitting this dream that makes me feel useful so that others don't go through the same thing I've been. The feedback I had for the seniors that worked with me, is that I'm a hard worker, methodic, excellent creating team environment and a fast learner with the will to learn more and more. Airplanes are my thing since my father used to give me books and books about them in my child age.
The best and funny thing I still joke about it today is, the school of skydiving that I had the accident made me sign a paper with the police in arabic, sayin I would not sue them, and they offered me 10 jumps tickets which I still have 9 tickets of them. hilarious isn't it! I was so naif, but now I just want to be able to work fixing planes as I did in the past but in a different way which is also related to the safety of those on board.
My story is real as I declare in my behalf that everything written here is truth, I could have been in a TV show if i were a celebrity or even wrote a Book, but i'm not looking for fame, just a honest way of living and being happy.
The course I'm trying to do is not the full course, is the modular one so it's cheaper
" I was given the gift of not dying that day, how would you change if you were boarding a plane and go through what I've been on that day "
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