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User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 224 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Well, I'm looking to make a career change and, call me crazy, would love to get in the airline biz. I figure the best way to get your foot in the door is to be a CSA and get a chance to learn about the company from a front line perspective. My questions is...IF hired as a FT CSA, how difficult would it be to have a second job on top of that to help make ends meet? There is a position I'm looking at that is not where I currently live, but I do have a place to live in that city. I'm just trying to figure out if I can make it work.

Thanks in advance for everyone's help!


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User currently offlineIAD51FL From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Its hard to have a 2nd job unless they are really flexible. You will be starting on the bottom of the seniority list so can forget about weekends or holidays off. Also will probably be closing shift as most of the senior agents know that's when most of the delays are.

If the flight is late you stay until it leaves or if its an overnight aircraft stay until its cleaned and ready for the next day.

There is usually extra hours you can work, either by picking up other agents shifts or posted overtime. Sometimes you can trade around your shifts and come up with a pretty good schedule, rotating 4 days on, 3 days off, 3 days on 4 days off and be able to get some traveling in.

Like all jobs there are pluses and minuses.


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User currently offlineMTSUATC From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Full time it might be kind of rough to have another job. As what has already been mentioned you will be on the bottom, and get what shifts are left over when it comes to bid time. I'm not sure how other airlines cover open shifts buy where i worked at if we were understaffed, or some people were using vacation hours, they would put the shifts up for people to sign up for for overtime or extra hours. If no one signed up for them people would get selected based on senority and hours that week. If you were selected you had to work that shift rather you wanted to or not. I really loved working for the airlines, and I really miss it. But I love my new office 200 ft above the airfield in the tower. A frontline job is a great way to work your way up in the company. Once you get out of your probation period your open to apply for internal jobs only in the company that aernt open to the general public. And a lot of them require travelling a lot. You could do anything from training, to auditing, to management. Those type of jobs are only open to internal employees. Your not going to get rich with those jobs but the company pays for you to travel all over the country or even the world with some airlines. I knew this trainer with UAL, all he did was travel to all the stations just checking on training files and making sure everything was up to date. He would even go to places like SYD, NRT, HKG, FRA LHR, and other places around the world that UAL flies and helps the contract people do things more efficently and stuff like that. He didn't make a whole lot of money, but all his travel expenses were paid for. Not a bad gig if you ask me.

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