On June 18th of last year, I walked into a “business update” meeting that resulted in my redundancy at Emirates. When I first heard this news I was devastated. I felt as though I had given so much of myself to the airline, and that my entire world was crashing down. I didn’t get my last flight… I wasn’t leaving on my own terms…I didn’t have a backup plan…! Yet still, I tried to hold onto hope that in a year’s time things would get better.
Looking back now, I can confidently say my situation has drastically improved. Despite still missing the skies, I’m much closer to accomplishing my goals and aspirations. For that, I am incredibly thankful.
I’ve shared parts of my journey sporadically on my Instagram page and blog about my Emirates departure, but I never actually sat down and shared my “full plan”. The truth is, aside from a few ideas, I didn’t actually have one! I was going through every single emotion you could imagine while trying to piece together a roadmap, not knowing what things were going to be like when I returned to Canada.
When I began to look at opportunities back home, I came across the chance to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. I had thought about participating previously, but couldn’t commit to the responsibility due to my line of work. Considering I was no longer employed, I was finally able to bring my platform of love and inclusivity to the national stage, finishing in the top 10.
During Miss Universe Canada I was entertaining my application to join the Canadian Armed Forces. I wanted to write the entrance exam with the goal of meeting the requirements for the positions of Intelligence Officer or Public Affairs Officer. Unfortunately for me, the resources I required to position myself for success in these roles weren’t available due to the pandemic. Once the competition concluded and this reality hit, I didn’t know what to do yet again! I felt as though I was back to square one.
Fortunately for me, after weeks of rigorously applying for jobs via LinkedIn on my parent’s couch, I was presented with an opportunity in communications back in Dubai. Since my relocation to the Middle East, I’ve connected with Intelak and act as a Mentor for aviation, travel, and tourism start-ups. I’ve also been working with the Maria Cristina Foundation on an exciting project (that I hope to announce soon) and have begun planning to complete an MBA in Aviation Business Management at Emirates Aviation University within the next two years.
As I look back and reflect on all of this, I realize that my redundancy was the push I needed to get going. It was the challenges I faced up to this point that inspired me to grow, and the support and encouragement from my friends, family, and the #avgeek community that helped me to persevere despite the hardships.
Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes throughout this journey!
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