Many pilots started out as FAs. Being a FA
for an airline is similar to being a dispatcher, scheduler, etc. If you do a good job and prove yourself to be a solid and dependable employee, it will probably be a great advantage when you interview for a pilot position. You'll have demonstrated to people within the company that you have dedication and company loyalty. Of course, you probably won't be able to go straight from FA
pilot. You'll still need the minimums to get into a regional airline, corporate flight department, or other traditional stepping stone position. Your experience as a FA
certainly isn't going to hurt in a regional airline interview, though. When you have the time to apply to mainline, having previous experience with them in an inflight position will probably give you an interviewing advantage.
The flip side is that if you have a problem as a dispatcher, scheduler, FA
, etc. it's going to follow you into the interview. In that case, it may end up being a liability. From what I've heard and observed, that's fortunately not common.
Like everything in life, there are pros and cons. Many people have successfully made this transition and every one of them I know has said they're glad for the experience they recieved as FAs.
Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.