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Firefly girl on a high over her job

29 March 2013

SUBANG JAYA: Five years ago, Hani Faziera left her job at a bank to pursue her dream of being a flight attendant. She has not looked back since.

The 27-year-old said being a flight attendant with Firefly was the ideal job for her she still gets to see the world without compromising on time spent at home.

"Compared to other airlines that fly long-haul, which can be quite tiring, we fly shorter trips with Firefly several a day.

"So, if our first flight is at 6.30am, we'll be back by 1pm. This gives us time to do the things we enjoy back home as well, such as spending time with our loved ones. We get the best of both worlds," she said when met at the Firefly headquarters at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport here yesterday.

She feels she could still hold on to the job even if she were to settle down one day.

Hani, 27, who has a degree in Business and Finance, said what she liked best about being a flight attendant, apart from the travelling, was the social skills she picked up.

"It trains you to relate to people better, as you have to hold your composure at all times, smile and be polite no matter who you are serving. It helps you become a more patient and friendlier person," she said.

Hani, who has been a flight attendant for close to five years, with two-and-a-half years of experience with Firefly, said she enjoyed working at the airlines because of the close-knit, family-like environment among its staff.

"We feel well taken care of, as our bosses personally take an interest in the welfare of the staff," she said.

She also sees a promising career progression with Firefly having been promoted from flight attendant to crew-in-charge, where she oversees the crew onboard an aircraft, in a short time.

"There is definitely an opportunity for me to climb up the corporate ladder here. But I think that at the end of the day, it all boils down to doing what you love and what you are passionate about.

"If you like travelling and interacting with people, go for it," she said.

Firefly will be having a cabin crew recruitment exercise tomorrow at the Grand Dorsett Hotel, Subang. Registration for walk-in interviews are from 8.30am till noon.

Interested applicants must be female Malaysian citizens, aged between 20 and 35, fluent in Bahasa Malaysia and English. They must be at least 157cm tall. They should also have good communication skills, and friendly and pleasant personalities.

Those who wish to apply should bring the original and photocopies of their SPM certificates, resume and MyKad, as well as recent passport-size and full-body photographs of themselves.

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