27, Pilot Why aviation? Well, it was never my childhood dream, but I only decided to try it after secondary school because I thought it was interesting and different. I’ ve been flying for five years now, and I work f or AirAsiaX as Senior First Officer. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? Women are sometimes put to a higher level of scrutiny and many companies still aren’t ready to hire women for certain top posts. How did you overcome any gender- related roadblocks ( if any ?) I just spoke out firmly and honestly, even if it upset ted people. When have you been the most satisfied with what you do? When I received my first salary and became financially independent. What is empowerment to you? Understanding and embracing my strength and weaknesses, to become a better and happier person. The most rewarding thing about your work? Learning new cultures and seeing t he world!
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