My name is Daphne and when I was fifteen, my dad passed away and that left me to change the course of my career. Instead of furthering my studies to be a lawyer, I had to find something to do in order to help out with the family, so I went for my next option as I have always wanted to travel the world.
I was nineteen then and could not wait to see the world, so when the airline was hiring flight attendants, naturally I applied to be a flight attendant. I was chosen to be one of the many applicants. The training was long and intensive. It range from inflight service to first aid, safety emergency procedures on how to evacuate a full plane load of passengers in 90 seconds in an emergency and how to deliver a baby on board. I finally earned my wings to fly….
Yes! I travelled the world:
- What no one told me was there will be many times I would choose sleep and in-room dining over the museums and parks because my whole body would just be so exhausted.
- No one told me that I would always be the last to meet the family’s new nieces and nephews.
- No one told me that a Flight Attendant doesn’t have weekends, her time is not her own. She is always but a fleeting visitor wherever she goes.
Fast forward to the time when I have to clip my wings and leave the ‘lifestyle’ that I have got so accustomed to…to join my family in Australia.
On returning home, I found myself in a Hospitality Industry in an about to open entertainment resort hotel as a pre-opening team. The hotel industry though similar to the airline industry in that it is a customer service focused industry except that there is no fancy hotel rooms and breakfasts buffets.
After several years back home, I went overseas once again for two pre-opening projects. While I enjoyed the perks as an expatriate, work was challenging as I would oversee a large department of over 200+ team members from all walks of life and diverse background.
As a department head I have budgets and targets to meet amongst countless deadlines and meetings day in and day out. After ten long years, I found myself in a career where I was making a living but was not fulfilled and that was when I decided to throw in the towel and to return home once again.
On returning home, I decided to take a break and did some soul searching on my purpose and where my next path would take me.
Up until this moment, I never knew the digital economy existed and that it is the new way to earn an income while working from home.
I decided to acquire the skills and retrain myself by signing up for workshops!
I then realised that I kept on failing because I was trying to do it alone!
Until I was introduced to a community where we support each other on our journeys.
As others have helped me so my mission now is to help others to seek new opportunities!