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If you are reading this then there is a good chance that you are thinking of applying for a Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant position. Or perhaps you have already applied to airlines but as yet have had no success. Either way you will undoubtedly be longing to attain this all too often elusive career.

The world of Cabin Crew is without doubt, unique. Very few careers offer such a diverse and erratic lifestyle.

How many jobs can you think of where you, as an employee, can go to work at 5am and not know literally where in the world you might be by midday? This is a regular occurrence for hundreds of thousands of crew around the globe.

Although you will always be rostered each month for a set amount of flights with predetermined destinations, you will however find yourself with many Standby shifts. These can either be home standbys or airport standbys.

By standby I mean that you have to be prepared to depart for any corner of the globe at a moment’s notice. On an airport standby you will probably have less than 15 minutes to get to the briefing room and a maximum of 90 minutes on a home standby.

Of course you will need to have bags packed to cater for all climates and for a stay of up to 4 or 5 days down route. This is something that can be tricky to master and indeed takes time to refine.

Crew life can be very taxing, not only physically and emotionally but also on personal relationships. Your partner could be saying goodbye, as he or she leaves for work at 8am on a Thursday morning, and be coming home that evening to discover that they won’t see you again until the following Monday.

Your social life outside of the airline can be almost non existent and the partners of Crew often find themselves going to parties and other functions alone. You really have to have a solid based relationship if you want to keep this career and a love interest going side by side.

Fifteen years or so ago, the lifestyle, salary and perks that came with a career of flying made up for much of the disruption to normal life. It afforded Crew the possibility of purchasing a nice apartment or house, free travel virtually anywhere in the world and week long rests in exotic or interesting locations.

Today sees a very different lifestyle. Yes, you still can get good discounted travel and some free flights depending on which carrier you work for, but the salaries now being offered are pitiful in comparison and flight allowances can be shockingly low. Also, you can expect only a 2 or 3 day turn around on many long haul routes. For example: A 12 hour flight from the U.K. to Dallas. You arrive 3pm local time, get to your hotel at 4pm and have to leave for your return at 4pm the following day. When you arrive home you may only get 2 days rest and then have to check-in at 7am for the same flight 3 days later. Believe me when I say that this can be exhausting.

This is where a person’s love of flying and waiting-on demanding passengers with diverse personalities and character traits at 35K feet up comes into play.

This life isn’t for everyone. You may believe that you want this glamorous career but the reality can be very different. Yes, of course it has its great aspects, but like all jobs it also has a downside.

The downside being; fatigue, sickness, long hours, low pay, trying to keep warm and staying awake at 3 am somewhere over the Atlantic while most of the passengers are sleeping and most of your colleagues are on rest.

Another aspect, which is uniquely peculiar to this job, is that you very rarely get to work with the same people twice. This can be viewed either as a good thing or bad thing.

On the one hand you may work with Crew who are vile, but then you have the consolation of knowing that you won’t have to work with them again, or at least not for sometime.

On the other hand this type of work environment doesn’t make it easy to build relationships with those that you have worked well with and who you would like to get to know more.

Whichever way you look at it, it can be quite a lonely job.

Before flying I had always, like most people, worked closely with others in a team; people who I got to know over a period of time and who I came to trust and befriend. So when I started to fly long haul I found it quite difficult to adjust to the fact that on arrival back to base, the group of people who I had just spent 3 days working with, just splintered off without really saying goodbye or see you around.

This is the nature of the work. People weren’t being unfriendly, only realistic. When you are one of many hundreds of Crew, then you can not expect to take everyone’s phone number and arrange to meet up for drinks. It does take a little getting used to.

Of course you do make friends, good friends, but it can take longer and requires a lot more effort. You will also experience great camaraderie and support. There will be great room parties when you are down route, fantastic shopping sprees, hilarious moments with your colleagues, the chance to see fabulous places and experience wonderful diversity of cultures. These are the rewards, and many more there can be too.

A career of flying means different things to different people. All crew will have their reasons for doing the job and will only continue to do it for as long as it serves their needs.

If after reading this you still want to become Cabin Crew then I am very happy, because it means that you aren’t easily put off and the industry needs many more fantastic people.

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  1. after reading this message im happy coz as a cabin crew is simply my dream ..

  2. inspiring message because as a cabin crew is my dream that someday i will be one of them.

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