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Job As A FA...worth It?  
User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3053 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

So, I just returned from SEA (in a cocoon in first class with US...that was what I call the Envoy experience). Anyway, a FA who was off duty sat next to me and we chatted for a while about working with US and as a FA in general. I'm kinda pumped up because I've always wanted to work in the aviation industry whether as an ATC, pilot, airport crew, etc.

He mentioned starting out with regional carriers and work your way up since legacy carriers like people with experience, though there's the chance that the airlines might take anyone who can do the duties. He also mentioned how life is, where you're away for days at a time, often working holidays, night shifts, etc.

I'm currently in college studying computer engineering (yeah, I know they don't mix), but I'm not that fond of going to grad school so much anymore (it's still a possibility, I'm just not sure if I should go through the hassle). I assume many FAs have different BAs (if they have one) and I'm sure that would be a plus for an application.

Unless the UPR goes on strike again, I'm not gonna drop out, but I may just focus on finishing this degree and then search for a job up there. But I'd like to hear experiences from FAs here, whether they think it is a good job after all.


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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1177 times:
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Einstein,

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I'm not gonna drop out, but I may just focus on finishing this degree

I'm not an FA nor in the Aviation industry nor do I have a college degree, but you're obviously extremely intelligent otherwise you would not be getting an engineering degree, (which will help you immensely in your future endeavors).

But I do know one thing............STAY IN SCHOOL!!!

You can't go wrong keeping your focus there!

Best of luck,

F



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5592 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
He mentioned starting out with regional carriers and work your way up since legacy carriers like people with experience

Not true at all, at least not anymore. I, and several of my friends who are mainline F/As, were offered jobs with zero previous F/A experience (and, in one case, zero airline experience).

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I'm not gonna drop out

Good. Finish it up, because that's something you'll never regret doing.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I'm currently in college studying computer engineering (yeah, I know they don't mix)

You could have a degree in Underwater European Basket Weaving, and you could get a job doing anything. There's no such thing as a BA or BS in Flight Attending, so anything goes.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

I advise that you be fluent in several languages if you want to work international routes. I mean fluency not babble. Russian is very much in demand at the moment.

If you speak let's say, English, Russian and one or two more European languages fluently then you have it made.



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2181 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
I advise that you be fluent in several languages if you want to work international routes. I mean fluency not babble. Russian is very much in demand at the moment.

I wholeheartedly disagree. If you want to get into corporate jets, Russian would be a good idea. But don't spend months/years of time and effort learning a language just for the sake of being an FA (good on you if you want to learn one anyway!). 99% of the FA's I know (working for BA, VS, U2 and more) speak only English, and had no problem getting a job.

If you can speak another language or want to learn one, great, it may help! But if not, don't worry unless they specifically ask for another language in their requirements.



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I'm currently in college studying computer engineering (yeah, I know they don't mix),

Finish that!!

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
but I'm not that fond of going to grad school so much anymore (it's still a possibility, I'm just not sure if I should go through the hassle).

Don't do that now if you feel that way about it. You can always go back later.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I assume many FAs have different BAs (if they have one) and I'm sure that would be a plus for an application.

Maybe, maybe not. It shows you can make it through a training program for sure, but I'm not sure there is an abundance of FA's out there with college degrees. I'd say the percentage of FAs with a bachelor's degree or higher is significantly lower than in other industries and even in the same--most pilots, A&Ps, ATC, etc have them. Then again, I've met a FA with a PhD. A degree can't hurt though, for sure.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
I advise that you be fluent in several languages if you want to work international routes. I mean fluency not babble. Russian is very much in demand at the moment.

      Take on this, and you could pretty much write your ticket to a dream FA job.



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 4):
If you can speak another language or want to learn one, great, it may help! But if not, don't worry unless they specifically ask for another language in their requirement

I used to work for Air France in their language school, so I know a little about their language requiements.

All F/As had to be able to maintain a certain level of English, job-specific and basic conversation. In order to be promoted to Chef de Cabine (purser) their level of English also had to be improved. Also, German and Spanish courses were offered by the school, a small increase in salary was offered if they maintained a certain level in these languages.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 4):
learning a language just for the sake of being an FA

When I had an interview to be an F/A at Easyjet, no other language was required, other than English. A small salary raise was offfered (about £100 per year I recall per language) if you could speak other languages.

As the OP is from Puerto Rico, I think it's safe to say he speaks both English and Spanish - so has most of the American continent covered from that point of view  

signol



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3053 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
I advise that you be fluent in several languages if you want to work international routes.

Well, I'm fluent in both Spanish and English and I previously created a post about learning more languages and though I have a basic knowledge on French, I still think I can learn another language. Funny you should mention Russian as it's a very interesting language.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
As the OP is from Puerto Rico, I think it's safe to say he speaks both English and Spanish - so has most of the American continent covered from that point of view

Eso es así. 



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User currently offlinejetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (3 years 22 hours ago) and read 970 times:
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I've been with 3 carriers, one as a mechanic, and 2 as FA. I worked for TWA in the Mx Dept. I was there for less than 2 years, went to World Airways as an FA, furloughed after 16 months, and then went to NW(now DL) and have been there for 14 years. And through all the changing of companies, my FA years have been the best. It hasn't been easy, but I look at it as "have never worked a day since" I started. I walked away from turning wrenches to go to cabin service, and I've never regretted it. But I think you have the right idea, finishing up your studies is a wise decision. There will always be jobs in the airlines.


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User currently offlineElevated From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 20 hours ago) and read 948 times:

If you are bi-lingual it certainly helps getting hired when airlines are only taking bi-lingual cabin crew hires during hiring "freezes" and slow periods of the year. This year alone, some of the "majors" and LCCs have been hiring for multi-language and not just exclusively. A good time to get your feet wet so-to-speak.

If you're in school right now, then by all means finish it and then go into the field. That is what I did because it gives you something to fall back on or more power to advance in the industry. The evolution of the industry is ever-changing. You either love it or hate it and evolve with it. With that said:

There is no other job out there that has no desk and not your typical factory hours of 9-5 and staring at the same faces on a daily basis with the same dull scenery at the end of the day. I have my freedom to go anywhere at a moment's notice at my will, no boss or bosses breathing down my neck, I fly for free or almost-free on other airliners world-wide. What other job can I have off over 20 days a month and still be full-time and get my hours in at 4 trips or over in 10 working days for the month? I have been with the airlines as a cabin crew for several years and I would not give this up for the world. I love my job and the people specifically at my company--I have never had a job where I want to come to work OR want to go back to after a few days off. It's a big lifestyle change in the beginning, but you get used to it eventually. In summary:

It can be the easiest job or it can be the hardest at times all in a moments notice; you will be prepared for it and that's what our intense training is for. I have never had to wear so many "hats" at once on some days. Of course there are bad days and good days (the good far more outweigh the bad of course) and when you land in a new city or country, your job is done and your work stays on the plane. There is always something to learn despite what people perceive on the outside looking in when we are "just" pouring a soda. We have a huge responsibility.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate.


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3053 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 20 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Quoting Elevated (Reply 9):

I guess you hit the nail on why I want to be working inside an airplane: I don't see myself at a desk job. I don't see myself staring at a desktop monitor for 8 hours a day for 30 years. The dynamic of working with people is very attractive to me. The view changes every time and I'm pretty sure that just like snowflakes, there are never two identical flights.



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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
a small increase in salary was offered if they maintained a certain level in these languages.

Do airlines actually test you when you say you speak another language(s)? Is there a written and verbal part?



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User currently offlinejetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 hours ago) and read 838 times:
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Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 11):
Do airlines actually test you when you say you speak another language(s)? Is there a written and verbal part?

At DL, It's done over the phone, with an outsourced company, and you schedule a time to take it



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