That’s how it happened for me. I have been in the industry for 9 years and I say go for it! Most people consider flying to be the safest, most convenient and fastest way to travel. As such, there has been a higher demand of workforce in the aviation industry. Now, if you are a fresh graduate and didn’t consider joining the field before, it’s not too late to change your mind. There are flight attendant training courses if you want to be ahead of your class when you get hired by airlines or you can do what I did. I applied and got in! I was armed with confidence, captivating smile and a good command of the English language. Don’t forget good posture and reasonably acceptable height.
I can say that my flight attendant career feels more like a vacation than a job. Below are more reasons why you should choose to become a flight attendant.
BELONG TO A PRESTIGIOUS FAMILY. Did you ever stare at cabin crews before they embark on the plane? You can’t help but turn your head and look. Why? You want to know if they’re pretty or cute, right? You expect them to be. They have to be physically pleasant because you will be seeing them for the most part of your flight. The airlines allots a big chunk of its budget to conduct interviews, choose potential candidates, then, train and nurture them as flight attendants. During the interviewing process, primarily they are chosen for their looks, height and weight. Secondary is their communication skills. Thirdly is their work ethics. If you pass these three criteria, you will be honed to exude elegance and grace as projected by the airlines’ image. You get to represent the company and have the responsibility to make a good impression. You get to be checked out every time you are wearing your uniform, so smile and be proud.
THE LIKELIHOOD OF ALWAYS BEING SLIM. You may have seen a few overweight flight attendants but I assure you, majority of us has the ideal body weight. For a 14 hour duty, we get to stand for 3 hours, walk and talk for 9-10 hours and sit for an hour or two depending on the passenger load. You can just imagine the workload and the physical strain we put through. It’s like a 13 hour workout at the gym!
BECOME A FIRST AIDER. I’m sure you have experienced emergencies before, from a simple nosebleed to cardiac arrest. What did you do? Did you call for help? Did you give help? Or passed out? Don’t be ashamed if you didn’t know what to do. Giving first aid can be learned. One chapter will be devoted to teach you how to save a person’s life in your career as a flight attendant. It will be very useful, not only when you are at work, but in every day of your life.
NOT A SWIMMER? Even if you are applying in one of the Middle East airlines where there are not too many bodies of water surrounding the area, it is still a must to know how to survive in the open water. In case your aircraft ditches, hopefully not, you are able to save yourself and your passengers. Again, this skill will be handy not only in your professional career as a flight attendant but also when you are in your Hawaii vacation.
FAMILIARIZE WITH AIRPORTS. So where do you go after you check in? No idea. Ask the ground staff who checked you in. Where do you go after the immigration? Again, you have no idea. Ask the immigration officer. You don’t know which gate you are supposed to go. Ask one of the passersby wearing uniform. Great! You found it. So finally, you are settled with the right gate before boarding commences and with still the calmest composure to go to your flight. To achieve this smooth experience, it is recommended that you have to check in 4 hours before your international flight and 3 hours if you are flying domestic. But, as someone who is familiarized with the ins and outs of airports, I could check in 2 hours before my international flight and an hour and half if I’m going domestic. Or, you could be a frequent flyer who is traveling as frequent as flight attendant flies.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT 36,000 FT ABOVE GROUND LEVEL. I bet that you have marveled when the sun rises or sets at beaches or mountain tops. But have you ever seen the horizon when you are at 36,000 ft high? It makes you think that life is beautiful and that you are blessed to be alive.
WON’T EVER PAY FOR EXCESS BAGGAGE. This is just our little secret but if you are a flight attendant you get this privilege. It pays to have the sweetest smile, apologetic face and a badge that shows you are a flight attendant.
LEARN FIRST CLASS SERVICE. If you are involved in the service industry, it pays to know how to deal with your customers the best way possible. You show professionalism and integrity in what you do. In effect, you elevate the company’s image which makes you an asset and you mature as a service provider.
BE PAID ABOVE THE AVERAGE. Yes, the job is risky. Yes, the workload is heavy. It is because you will be paid handsomely. If you are able to manage stress and still hold on to your sanity, you are on your way to big bucks! The number one reason why you should become a flight attendant is YOU GET TO
TRAVEL FOR FREE. The places to see and explore are limitless. Many people are inhibited to travel because of the airfare cost and accommodation expenses. With you, just sign in for your flight, rest in the hotel after the duty, hop on a bus and see the world!