Gabriela Andrade has always put her heart and soul into everything she does.
Born in Brazil, Gabi came to Australia when she was just 19 years old without speaking English. With a love of travel, she had just completed flight attendant training and was committed to staying until she could speak English fluently.
As with most things Gabi sets her mind to, she accomplished that and became an Australian citizen not long after.
In 2016, she started nursing school and in her last year of study, she tragically lost her biological father to suicide. That awakened a passion for mental health research, which she took into her nursing studies. She was driven by a desire to be there for people when they were at their darkest.
“I love exploring mental health and I learn so much by being there for others,” Gabi says. “Mental Health nursing is a great fit for me. If I can help just one person take a reflective breath through a moment of despair, that’s enough to make a world of difference.”
Throughout this time, Gabi’s love for travel never dwindled. After bumping into an old friend that works for Qantas, she decided to take a leap of faith and go for a job as an international flight attendant.
“There was no pressure for me because I was happy with my career at the time, but I knew I’d regret it if I didn't listen to my gut. Things went very smoothly and after a few interviews, I was hired.”
Four days before her ground school graduation, Gabi was stood down from Qantas due to the initial COVID-19 outbreak. Gabi was still employed by the company, while also working casually as a mental health nurse, although it opened up some time for her to pursue yet another dream of hers – opening her own business.