The aviation industry is suffering as the pandemic has drastically cut back on flights due to the border restrictions. It’s not only affecting local airlines but the entire world. Many people have lost their jobs pushed them to go out of their comfort zone.
Recently, a Malaysian guy has gone viral after sharing how this pandemic made him turned to odd jobs to get through these tough times.
Muhamad Firdaus used to work as an aircraft mechanic and now he’s working as a car salesman
The 23-year-old aircraft mechanic is among thousands of aviation workers who were laid off as the airline is suffering. He shared that his former company had taken steps on downsizing but he was not involved in the retrenchment.
Unfortunately after working with the company for two years, he received the termination letter at the end of July this year.
He was ready to become a food deliveryman but something good happened
Firdaus expected the worst to happen and he was ready to become a food deliveryman as a temporary job. He have applied to many companies, but there were no vacancies as most companies were affected by Covid-19. Luckily, after two weeks of being laid off, Perodua accepted his application to become a salesman. Without any experience, he just accepted the job offer.
Firdaus who holds a Diploma in Aircraft Engineering from UniKL said the change felt awkward and he had to change 360 degree – from an aircraft mechanic to car salesman.
When everyone is trying their best to save money rather than spend due to the current economy, it was hard to convince people into buying cars. However, he tried to use all his skills and take the challenge as a new experience.
He never see his current job as a downgrade from his former job, more like a new opportunity to restart
Despite everything that’s happening, he never see his current job as a downgrade from his former job. Indeed, he was demotivated because he was retrenched by the company. However, he’s slowly regaining his motivation after he got the job.
As someone who had to go through such hardship, he believes as long as he is hardworking, his income will surely match the salary he used to get as a former aircraft engineer. He is currently based at Perodua’s sales gallery in Putra heights, Subang Jaya.
Firdaus is not the only person who had to change 360 degree, there are some airline workers shared the same experience of turning to odd jobs such as retail worker, car was attendant and also home baker. Whatever happens in your life either the ups and downs, they all have meaning. Stay strong and stay positive!