Just do it.
Joyce Opondo, the last born in a family of 3 siblings was born in Kisii, however, grew up in Kisumu County. She started her primary school education at Golden Elites School in Kisumu.
She passed with flying colours and got admitted into Chemelil Academy for her high school education.
Joyce reminisces about being the assistant basketball Captain on the school team. She was also actively involved as a member of the Wildlife Club where she used to plant trees to conserve the environment.
Joyce always dreamt of working in the aviation industry since high school.
After completing high school, she immediately enrolled into the East African School of Aviation (EASA) to pursue Civil Aviation Management, a course under Moi University, Eldoret.
Joyce was lucky to secure her first internship at 748 Air Services in the safety department while still studying. She recently completed her degree with a Second Class Merit.
Joyce put her fingers to the bone, which earned her a job in the Quality and Safety department.
She has now been a Quality and Safety Officer at 748 Air Services for a year and a half.
Joyce describes aviation as being exciting and it gives her gratification. She loves her job as she gets involved with every department, following up on tasks and working as a team.
Her role entails doing safety reports, audits, crew briefings, and liaising with regulatory authorities on training and inspections. She takes much pleasure in completing tasks on time, and excellently.
Joyce recently got a Safety Management Systems (SMS) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
She describes flying as the safest means of transport. “The many precautions taken before a flight, during and after, and behind the scenes ensure there is maximum safety.”
She describes her colleagues at 748 Air Services as being very welcoming and accommodating.
Joyce advises her peers that, aviation is wide and has many opportunities one can pursue. “Just do it. The results may not show today but keep going you will win at the end.”
She says her parents heavily inspired her a lot, to be the person she is today. She dreams of being a pilot in the future.
During her free time, Joyce loves swimming and trying out new food joints.