SHE has always wanted to be a Singapore Girl - jetting in style from country to country wearing a kebaya and her hair in a bun.
Just 18, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) student Chia Meng Yu has a head start to realising her dream.
From next April to September, she and 12 other students - nine girls and three boys - will take to the skies as full-time cabin crew in an internship leading to TP’s aviation diploma, The New Paper reported on Wednesday.
In the first of its kind in Asia, the students will fly 15 to 20 hours a week as normal cabin crew, and get paid the same rates.
Since September, they have been flying on some flights on weekends. Meng Yu is hopeful that after her internship, she can continue to work for Tiger Airways, and perhaps for Singapore Airlines one day.
Said her lecturer, Mr Gary Ho: ‘The normal route to be a Singapore Girl is to get a diploma, wait for the advertisment in the newspaper, then go for a walk-in interview.’
But Meng Yu has begun to live her dream life. Since September she has been on five trips to China, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
She has always had the travel bug, something she picked up from her father, an aircraft engineer.
She said:’Initially, my parents were worried for my personal safety. But now they just want to know where I’m going to next.’
She describes the internship as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime’ learning opportunity