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Considering A Career Move From Railway To Aviation

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:31 pm


Those of you who are on my facebook will already know about this.....

I have decided that after 12 years working on the railway (1 year as customer host, 11 as conductor) it's time to change my career. I'm edging towards a new career path in aviation.

I have 2 choices from what I can see - cabin crew or ground staff.

I'm a 30 year old guy and have been in a customer facing role for my entire railway career, so I'm kinda hoping this will help me out. I also have a proven track record of remaining calm in emergency situations (I evacuated a train with 300 people on in under 5 minutes - on my own - when it caught fire in 2002).

I have also had to deal with someone jumping in front of my train as well (in 2010).

The conductor job is in a way sort of similar to cabin crew (I guess a few here will say "no it's not") so I was wondering what you guys thought of my idea?

Being 30 is not going to stop me is it??

Any thoughtful hints helpful  

[Edited 2011-02-23 07:03:26]
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RE: Considering A Career Move From Railway To Aviation

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:57 pm

If it's something you really want to do, then I say go for it! My only concern would be not to give up your railway job until you land yourself an FA job, given the current state of the economy, but you sound wise enough to have already figured this much.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):

Being 30 is not going to stop me is it??

I'm no flight attendant, but from my years of intense observation and 'looking in' on the industry, I'd say that 30 is actually an ideal age to begin pursuing a flight attendant career. Sure, there are some airlines known for being a little on the discriminatory side when it comes to hiring FAs (young and attractive), but I think most established airlines and 'legacy' carriers actually prefer the maturity that comes with hiring folk in their 30s, rather than in their early 20s. I say this for a couple of key reasons:
- Most carriers these days prefer their FAs to be qualified in another field, to have a university degree, to already have hospitality experience, and - depending on the airline and intake - to speak a second language. So you're not going to find 'kids' straight out of high school who meet all of these requirements. In fact I don't think you'll really find people meeting these requirements until you start looking at folk in their 30s.
- Look around. Most FAs look older than 30 to me, in fact most of them look quite a bit older. At least here in America, I'd say the average age would be well into the 40s, perhaps even the 50s. Even the younger ones tend to be in their 30s, not 20s.
- The glory days of passenger flight are long behind us. A flight attendant nowadays is much less a symbol of glamour than they used to be. Their role is far less about service and much more about safety and ensuring the overall 'smooth operation' of what goes on in the passenger cabin during a flight. It seems that older, more mature-aged people will be much more reliable in handling this function than fresh faced 20 year old kids.

Anyway, just my thoughts. Good luck, I'm sure you will do well!
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RE: Considering A Career Move From Railway To Aviation

Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:55 pm

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Being 30 is not going to stop me is it??

Hell no! There were a few people in my group who were mid-late 40's!
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RE: Considering A Career Move From Railway To Aviation

Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:40 pm

BMI...I suggest you look at getting into the technical side of the airline industry. Their is a shortage of A/P mechanics and Engineers CAA (EASA) .

Check out your local universities for courses in technical training .

Check out Product manufactures like Rolls Royce , P&W , GE for power plant maintenance courses or other systems . It can be done .. your obviously a intelligent man and a good employee . One thing about getting a solid background on the technical side is that you can literally go to any country that has MRO/ Airlines and apply for jobs.

Nothing like watching a aircraft you have just worked on roll out and take off on a flight !. Pilots still get all the chicks ... but hey !  
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