A 59-year-old grandmother has gotten her big gig with Qantas after dreaming of being a flight attendant for about 40 years.

Jackie Cookson is one of the airline’s latest recruits, having graduated on May 29, with her first flight scheduled for June 3.

Cookson can now add flight attendant to her versatile resume, with her previously working as a travel agent, a receptionist on an oncology ward and a newspaper sales rep.

The 59-year-old, who calls herself “crazy nana” has shared her journey on TikTok since her first interview with Qantas, through all the assessments and training and to her upcoming graduation.

In January 2023, she posted her first video ahead of her first in-person interview with Qantas, which attracted more than half a million views, saying people might think she was crazy to apply given her age, but she was finally following her dreams.

The grandmother-of-two revealed she had an interview at another airline when she was 20 years old but never went as she ended up getting married.

“In my eyes then if you were married you couldn’t be cabin crew. How bloody stupid was that,” she said.

She got the job and relocated from Perth to Sydney for her training.

“Crazy nana is going to be a cabin crew, watch out!” she told her followers.

Four months on saw Cookson standing proudly in her Qantas uniform, with her certificate in hand.

“Can you believe it? Crazy nana’s gone and bloody done it, hasn’t she? I’ve passed, today I’ve graduated. I did it,” an elated Cookson said.

“If I can do it, anyone else can do it. Follow your dreams. Don’t give up. Don’t be thinking ‘I’m too old’ or this or that. Look at me, I’ve got my wings.”

Cookson, who is originally from England but has been living in Australia for about 30 years, told that the older she got, the more she thought she may have missed her chance.

“After Covid I took a year off and travelled the world, went back to see my 91-year-old dad in Yorkshire, and I applied while I was on holiday,” she said.

“I haven’t studied for a long time, so it’s definitely been a challenge, but I put everything I’ve got into it and I’m thrilled to have gotten my wings.

“I fly on my first flight to LA on Saturday. I’m nervous, like any first day on the job, but I know I’ll settle into it, but I’m mostly just really excited. I love people and I’m looking forward to working with our customers.”

Image credit: TikTok

This article first appeared on Over60.