Excellent topic. I dont work in the airline industry but I've thought about it since I was a kid, and in recent years the passion for the idea of working in this industry has begun to die out for me. So I'm looking for reasons to press on and give it a try.
Been watching Airline on A&E and the job of CSAs seems like hell on earth. When you have so many angry people every day how can you enjoy your job?
I always wanted to be a pilot though, but as mentioned before, the problems with being away from your family (leading to divorce often sadly
), the long hours, the stress, and above all the standards, make it hard for one to believe that working in that career would be enjoyable or even attainable. I'm not a perfect person, i make mistakes. Not sure i could get away with that being a pilot. I'm not sure that I'm allowed to be myself as an airline employee, but rather transform into a much more tough and rigid person, someone "by the book" rather than just friendly.
Or the simple answer is that I'm scared of failing if i were to try and so I'm not sure if I'm going to try at all. But a topic like this lends the view from people who've been there and done that.
But didnt any of you have some very very serious doubts about the industry before you joined it? Felt like you wouldnt meet the standards or wouldn't be good enough, or that you'd have to change who you were to become a professional, be less personal...or feel like the stress of the job would do you in?
An office job seems much more reachable.