Five years ago, a young Barbadian lady named Shakera Yearwood travelled from her native country to Dubai. She was only 24 years old and was going to take a job offer that would later set her on a great career path.
Back then, she was stepping out of her home as a young person full of ambition and drive. It was a typical case of a dreamer who was ready to chase her dreams and aspirations.
As a young person trying to figure out her path in life, she took advantage of the first opportunity that presented itself. She applied for the position of a flight attendant which was advertised by a company in her native Barbados. She had found the job opening ‘intriguing’. In August of 2014 – which was the year she graduated from the University -, Shakera was recruited as a flight attendant in the economy class.
In an interview with easy, she said that even though she always admired flight attendants for their smart and elegant looks, she never dreamed of being one – even in her wildest imaginations.
“I’ve always admired how poised, polished and elegant flight crew carry themselves, ” she said. She also explained that it was not something she had always seen herself doing.” but no, I wouldn’t say it was something I always wanted to do, but I’m glad I made the choice to become a flight attendant,” she explained.
She is now 29 years old and has been on the job for the past five years rising steadily through the ranks. She has fallen in love with her job and it has afforded her experiences that she immensely cherishes.
“I spent two years in economy class and was promoted to business class. It’s still so exciting and challenging at the same time,” said Shakera. She went further to speak about the challenges she faces on the job even though she considers to be exciting on the whole.
” In a month I can visit up to seven different countries. It’s really exciting. The most challenging part of my job is managing your rest and adjusting to the different time zones. Some flights can depart at 2 a.m. with a flight time of 13 hours, so it’s crucial that you plan and manage your rest throughout trips like that,” she explained.
Shakera is a former student of All Saints Primary and The St Michael School in Barbados. She is a source of great pride to her family and her home country.