How to Become a Flight Attendant
Category : Teen Job Guidance
Flight attendants are integral part of the air travel industry. It is their duty to ensure that passengers feel comfortable and safe during flights. Working as a flight attendant gives you the opportunity to be in many places around the world you would otherwise probably only dream of. Perhaps, you are attracted by the opportunities and experiences this career offers and you are wondering how to become a flight attendant. This post provides helpful tips on how to do just that.
1. Find out more about the job
You already knew that a flight attendant takes care of passengers on a plane. But how much more do you know about this sort of worker? It is important to note that someone that will enjoy this job must be good with and courteous toward other people. It helps to have prior customer service work experience. While you get the opportunity to travel the world, your work as a flight attendant will often take you away from your loved ones. The starting pay is also rather low. In short, endeavor to first find out more about the benefits and disadvantages of this job. Take a minute to visit one of the best resources for becoming a flight attendant and cabin crew member on the internet.
2. Meet educational requirements
To become a flight attendant, you may not need to have a college degree. A high school diploma or GED may suffice, but post-secondary education brightens your opportunity of getting hired by some employers. People with certificates and degree in areas that might enhance customer service skills, such as psychology and communications get special attention. Learn more about training and requirements.
3. Possess required physical attributes
Airlines desire their potential flight attendants to possess specific physical attributes. Most employers require you to have a height anywhere between 5’1″ and 6’3.” Ideally, you should not be obese. Although airlines might not state it, you may be ignored if you are considered overweight. It is also required that a flight attendant be able to sit comfortably in a seat with the belt buckled.
4. Apply to Jobs
Once you have met all the necessary requirements, you need to look for openings you can apply for. You may find these by searching TeenJobSection for Flight Attendants under the career sections of airline websites or get helpful information at flight attendant “open houses” in a city near you. Once you have found these openings, send in your well-prepared resume and cover letter – examples of these may be found online. Days or weeks after applying, you may be invited for an interview if you are qualified.
5. Undergo Training and Get Certified
If you are successful in your interview, you will need to take and pass a medical exam. You will have to undergo training for three to six weeks after being hired. During this training, you will be trained on how to attend to passengers; administer first aid; handle emergency situations, and evacuate an aircraft, amongst other topics. You need to successfully negotiate the training period to become a full-time flight attendant; otherwise, your contract is revoked but you may be able to re-apply after a specific interval. It is also required that flight attendants get certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the National Transportation Safety Board after successful completion of training.
There you have some tips you can use as guide on your way to becoming a flight attendant.