I am a dedicated individual looking at gaining work in the aviation sector. I’m fresh out of High School, and my college degree requires at least one year of work experience. I love working with customers, and am looking at an entry level role, then moving up the ranks after I gain my degree (which is a requirement to have a degree for managerial positions. Normal customer service roles not so much).
I have been working tremendously hard over the past six months. Emailing HR representatives of companies, and literally studying the systems in detail myself.
I have been offered work experience placement with an airline for one evening which I gladly took up. The airline does not hire those under 21, but I received a reference letter which included sentences such as ‘convinced that he will make a brilliant addition to any organization’ and ‘will be a valuable asset to your organization.’. Also, ‘will not hesitate to recommend Debbie to any position’.
I have continued to ask around HR managers if they can offer any positions even voluntarily so I can gain that valuable work experience. I received many replies. Some of them including ‘Yes, it would be fantastic to have an extra hand, email me in the next month when we have daily flights, and we can get everything sorted then’.
I was so excited to finally have someone who I can work for voluntarily, and was looking forward to it for weeks. I emailed her the next month and received a reply stating that they couldn’t offer this position anymore due to them hiring staff at capacity.
As well as this, I received other replies from people who have mentioned things similar to ‘I’m sure we can work something out, let me ask around and I’ll get back to you next week’ - only to receive no response.
Every time this happens, I am so devastated. I get excited about something happening and prepare everything, learn the systems, and it doesn’t. My question is, how can I keep myself motivated when searching for a position? I have been declined or not responded to (after they said they would) many times now, and now it just feels like the norm.
I have the references, the skills, the passion… but I just feel devastated every time I get declined. I really appreciate your help. Sorry about the long post.