Working for a low-cost airline in the UK as cabin crew and really enjoying the job (although will start my PPL in October & hopefully embark on a piloting career sometime in the near future).
I personally don't find the job stressful really (unless getting into an argument with the customer). I agree that the pay is low in comparison to other jobs available to graduates such as myself but the reason I joined in the first place was because I loved aviation even before getting employed in the industry, and knew exactly what to expect.
I've done a few temporary office-based jobs in the past and NONE has been anywhere as exciting as flying for an airline. I can honestly say I enjoy the job 99% of the time, and love getting up & going to work. No day is ever the same; I have exactly the opposite of a 9-5 job, and a fantastic bunch of people who share my passion for flying (what else could I want?!)
I get to talk, joke & socialise with flightcrew (in the flightdeck, inflight) and also get to see some stunning views (sunset or sunrise, breaking through clouds) on a daily basis. I get layovers in Nice, as well as other European locations.
Do I see it as a long-term career? Personally, no. Do I see it as an experience to be enjoyed until the next opportunity comes along? You bet!
Again, and as others before have said, the aviation industry certainly isn't the most rewarding, from a salary point of view. The only reason I chose to work in a job that earns me about £5000 less than other jobs I qualify for is because I just love the world of aviation.
Now, after just 10 months working in my first airline, another 2 major UK airlines based at LHR
(one of which, a 'flag carrier') have offered me a job, and nightsops in places as diverse as Moscow, Beirut and Addis Ababa beckon.
I reckon I'll stick around long enough to eat out in one of those places.