Get advice and tips on how to become a cabin crew by reading first-hand accounts from individuals on their journey from wanting to travel the world, cabin crew application, training and what life was like as a cabin crew. Aviationfly.com will update this on a monthly basis to add more journeys, experiences and tips. Would you like to share your story? Send us an email and we will post your advice on here.
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To start of advice and tips on how to become a cabin crew find the below first-hand account of an Irish Cabin Crew.
July, 2017 - The below is from an ex-cabin crew who flew with one of the large middle eastern carriers for 3 years:
The reason I wanted to become a cabin crew member was that I wanted to see the world, go to places I could only ever dream of and even some of which I never knew existed. Getting paid to travel the world seems like the ideal dream job. I set out to join the a world’s leading airline. How I went about my application may differ vastly from others as I was very lucky. I went to attend an open day in my home town in Ireland to learn more about the role, responsibilities and life of a cabin crew. Due to the numbers that showed up that day the attendance day turned into an interview process. Firstly was the elimination round which involved group activities. After each role play people would get sent home. At the end of the elimination round was a review of your CV and a quick chat with the interviewers. If at the end of the day you were selected you would then be invited to the interview stage the following week. After the interview stage it could take up to 4-6 weeks before hearing whether you got the job. Again I was very lucky and heard back within a week. I accepted and started with the process of getting my medical records and visas sorted for my new life in the Middle East.
The training was very intense. You were training everyday 5 days a week for 6 weeks. There was a lot of information to process from the type and layout of each fleet of aircrafts to first aid training and a lot physical work like emergency drills. It is hard to say what can prepare for you for the training but the best advice would be to learn as you go, make notes and don’t leave everything to the last minute and there is a lot of information to process.
Life as a cabin crew
Once the training is completed, you have your graduation to become a fully-fledged air hostess, flying the skies, travelling the world and experiencing unbelievable things. From the people you meet to the cultures you interact with. My years at the airline were the best years of my life. My reason for choosing one of the large middle east carriers was firstly its high regard of being one of the best airlines in the world. I got to experience living in a different country on my own which gave me independence to grow as a person. In addition to this the airline paid very well and the wage is tax free which means if you are careful you can still have fun whilst saving money every month. The airline also puts you up in some of the best hotels on the layovers. It really is like living in luxury and having fun whilst doing so, but it is important to point out the job is hard, you will have to deal with challenging people and circumstances on a weekly basis and your body becomes exhausted. The number of night flights, long haul flights, time difference and physical work takes its toll on your body. In addition to this if you did choose an airline that is aboard in another country it does take time to get used to, the different culture and being away from home, there can be times when you do feel very alone.
If you feel that with all the highs and the lows of becoming a cabin crew member the job is for you my advice would be get your CV up to date, making sure you have some experience in customer service and handling tricky situations. In the role play at the interview stages, it is important to contribute but do not come across as to over confident and over bearing i.e. talking over your fellow colleagues. In the interview process make sure you have examples of how you have dealt with a difficult customer/situation and how you went about defusing the situation. It is important to show that you are aware of your limitations and you are not afraid of asking for help when you feel it is needed. But most importantly come across as friendly, polite and charismatic and don’t forget to smile!
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