I am all about people living their best life! Which brings me to this beauty. Yaminah is out here living her best life, taking the road less traveled or should I say flown.
Jen: When did you decide to become a flight attendant?
Yaminah: It was around October 2016, I had just come home from a long day at work and I was just frustrated! I felt like I was not passionate or doing what I loved so I went over to a friends house that evening and vented about corporate life and just the job and how I hated having to work a whole year to get a week off! So she said, “if you wanna travel girl just go do it!” I was confused and asked, “What do you mean? You gotta have money to travel?” Whats crazy is for years I would google careers that travel and flight attendant always came up and I would clear my search and look again lol! In my head that was not the move I wanted to make. Funny how life works, right? So my friend said you should go be a flight attendant. I was like no way she said you have the look, energy and people love you! So I said to myself what do I have to lose? So I applied right then and there. I said if the call me that’s how I will know its for me. So 5 months would soon go by and life changing events took place that helped me in my decision.
Jen: Was that an easy decision to make?
Yaminah: The decision was somewhat easy, I mean I was nervous about leaving my position in accounting to go to a 7 week unpaid training. However, I soon realized if it didn’t workout I could always go back to accounting and this opportunity is one many dream of so that helped me make my decision.
Jen: How does one become a flight attendant?
Yaminah: To become a flight attendant you have to submit and online application to the airline of your choice. It can take up to 5 months going through the process and there will be several phases and lots of assessments to determine if you are a good fit! Once you clear the application, assessments, and video interview, you will be invited out for an in-person interview. This interview is major and most critical in getting hired. After that its off to training you go!
Jen: What was the most challenging part for you?
Yaminah: The training was the most challenging part because I had to learn so much about about the aviation industry. You have to pass all the tests which include drill skills test! I literally only had time to study and train. It felt like am intense college semester!
Jen: What are the pros and cons of being a flight attendant?
Yaminah: The pros are you get travel all around the world for free! Like I literally can be anywhere I wanna be! I LOVE that! I have met some amazing souls aboard my flights. People that have truly inspired me. The cons are you miss out on a lot of weekends and holidays because the aviation industry never stops! We have to keep the world moving!
Jen: What would you tell someone interested in becoming a flight attendant?
Yaminah: I would tell them to research empathy and compassion and make sure that they truly are the living definition of those two words! And to go for it and apply.
Jen: What has been your favorite trip? What place blew your mind?
Yaminah: My favorite trip hands down has been Medellin Colombia . I heard of Medellin through the Narcos series on Netflix based on Pablo Escobar’s life. Medellin is literally so scenic and beautiful. There are mountains full of greenery and flowers for miles! The people still work and harvest their own crops! It was just so filled with natures beauty! I was mesmerized that a place could be so beautiful like a dream!
Jen: What are the work hours like?
Yaminah: So we fly one month on call and one month on calendar. Work hours are pretty flexible and they vary they range from a one day, two days, three days and four days. The longest day I have had was about 13 hours and the shortest maybe an hour. Our work days are built into trips. For example, a three day may have one Flight on the first day, two flights on the second day and three flights on day three. Those flights can range from thirty (30) minutes to several hours of flying depending on that trip! I prefer international flying those are usually longer.
Jen: What do you think you’ll be doing ten years from now?
Yaminah: In ten years, I will still be jet setting around the world and leading the image consulting and style team here at American.
Jen: What advice do you have for people contemplating taking a leap of faith?
Yaminah: If the desire to do something worthwhile comes to you and it feels right go for it! I took a leap of faith and set myself free! I went from working a year for one week of vacation to going on a different vacation every few days! I give thanks daily for this opportunity! I mean you are gonna get nervous but just as things may go all the way wrong they can also go all the way right! Trust yourself, ask for clarity and go for it!
Jen: Thank you for sharing!
Yaminah Stribling was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she obtained a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She has always desired to see the world and since May 3, 2017 she has been an international flight attendant for American Airlines. She has traveled to more than 20 countries in the last 11 months with many more to see!