Filipina “defies gravity” in the Aviation Industry
Among many professions, piloting is one dominated by men. Proving that gender conventions are no longer in whilst 36,000 feet above the clouds is Jazmine Joyce Tia, a Filipina.
Tia, who graduated Computer Science, defied the odds in the industry. She followed the trail less traversed, to which she owes her statute as an A320 First Office in the Philippines AirAsia.
She shared, “It’s a roller-coaster ride. There are ups and downs.”
The Aviation Industry is No Longer a Man’s World
Globally, only a few women make it into commercial airlines. It is, as they say, a man’s world. But according to Tia, the time has come for change.
She said, “Sometimes, I feel discriminated because they make me feel that I cannot match what my male counterparts can do.”
The problem, however, is some people still choose to maintain these gender conventions rather than accepting the changes in the industry. But sheer will, confidence, and motivation were enough to drive Tia to keep going.
She admitted, “However, there are times when I feel elated because I can prove that despite being considered as the weaker sex, I can do anything.”
Despite this, Tia shared that passion and determination matched with commitment and discipline can help anyone exceed expectations, not only in the aviation industry, but in whichever profession a person desires.
A Brave Face and a Strong Heart
There is no one in Tia’s family who entered the airline industry.
“I have always been fascinated by airplanes and flying. I thought I couldn’t be a pilot so I first joined the airline industry as a cabin crew. It was my first job. I was based in AirAsia Malaysia for 5 years,” she said.
She rose undefeated despite the hurdles and obstacles. Her attitude in handling every problematic situation brought her to where she is now.
“The opportunity came when Philippines AirAsia had an opening. I opted to be transferred back to Clark so I could start my flight training in OMNI Airline Training Academy,” Tia shared.
She furthered, “The longer I spent time with my flight studies, the stronger my desire to fly became.”
However, she struggled in juggling her time between work and study. “I felt that my path toward flying was quite smooth because of the support of my family, my friends, and AirAsia.”
Tia revealed she didn’t – and doesn’t – feel pressured to act like a man despite the fact that the profession she chose is dominated by the males. Embracing her strengths as a woman gives her the confidence to express herself.
“There is nothing easy in this world. Everything comes with struggle and hard work. I found, and still find, the challenge very fulfilling,” Tia shared.
She sets a perfect example for those afraid to step out of their comfort zone. The process is hard, indeed, to achieve your dreams and attain your goals. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from trying.
“I decided to just be myself and focus on how I could achieve the goals I have set for myself,” Tia said.
All these would lead her to become, hopefully, an accomplished and respected Captain.
To women who also want to enter the industry, Tia shares, “Don’t let your gender stop you from achieving and pursuing the ambition of flying. The excitement and thrill of flying will more than compensate for all the hard work you will go through. Don’t waste your time on frailties and frivolous activities; follow your passion.”
Being a pilot is one of the most rewarding things in life, as Tia proves. The challenge is to embrace yourself and believe that you can do it, no matter how hard it is.
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