aaden
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Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Hello all,

I was looking for some feedback as to wether or not I should go into the career or job as a flight attendant.

Im currently looking at regional carriers, but was looking for alittle insight as to how the job works, what the wages and lifestyle is like ect.


Anyone in this field care to comment?


Thanks in advance any info would help, but im looking for personal view points
 
daver3188
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:59 pm

I am in the same boat buddy.

I actually have put my resume in for at least 8 or 9 airlines, mostly regional carriers.

I hope things work out for me.

And also good luck to you.
 
swafa
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:13 pm

I've been a Flight Attendant for WN for 15 years and have enjoyed it very much. Certain aspects of the job will be similar from airline to airline (i.e. travel, responsibilities etc) but certain things will be quite different. You'll want to compare work rules and compensation ( if possible) of the airlines you're considering. These differences can be significant and may determine how much enjoyment you get from the job. Another thing you may want to consider are the destinations the airline serves. Have you always dreamed of overnights in Paris, or would Fresno meet your needs?

I'll recommend Southwest all day long, though I am certainly biased. Good pay, good work rules, good benefits, good people. We are, unfortunately, not hiring right now and when we do, the jobs will likely be offered to internal candidates first. This is another point. Getting a job as a flight attendant can be difficult. Working for the company in a different capacity, like customer service or ramp, can be a good way to get your foot in the door.

Good luck.
 
mogandoCI
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:16 pm

Any reason why you're only targeting the regionals ? They're not exactly known to be generous to employees.

If possible, apply for a foreign carrier.
 
strfyr51
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:18 pm

Is "Fight Attendant" a Career? Most flight attendants are Customer Service experts and Many other jobs open to those Skills.
Airport and Network Operations, Crew Scheduling, Mileage Plus , Hoteling, Personnel, Marketing, a Myriad of positions beyond just Cabin Crew. That's just your first bite of the APPLE!!
 
NASBWI
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:22 pm

First of all, best of luck to both of you! It's definitely going to be an interesting ride, so make sure you grab onto something   . In all seriousness, being a flight attendant is a wonderful opportunity for a couple of reasons (some of them not so obvious). Yes, it's an awesome travel opportunity (both on and off the clock), and it's a great way to perfect your 'people' skills...very helpful, since you'll be surrounded by them for hours at a time.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind, however. If you want to be really good at doing this, patience is an essential tool to have. Customers get frustrated (relatively easily), and you're going to be one of the first people (if not the first person) they're going to interact with - and it may not be pleasant. At all. But you have to remember to always be ready to listen, take ownership of the issue (as best you can), and calmly try to find a solution. Sometimes it's just lending an ear that can make the biggest difference.

Another thing to remember is that being a flight attendant (at least, to me) is much more than a job; it's a lifestyle. This kind of ties in with patience, but any ideas you may have had about a 'normal work week' should probably be tossed out the window. Starting out on reserve is a very eye-opening experience for most new FAs, regardless of the airline you fly for. You can get called out, re-assigned with little warning, delayed, canceled, worked into your days off, or just sitting in an airport crew lounge for hours at a time. With all of these situations, you've gotta just schlep through it - with poise and grace, of course   .

Training isn't necessarily difficult (with regard to the material being studied), but it is intense. After all, you're learning about every single aspect of safety about an aircraft cabin in about 4 weeks (longer if there are multiple types of aircraft to learn). It just takes perseverance. As a bonus, it's another golden opportunity to forge relationships with your classmates; you'll all probably see a lot of each other on the line.

Dependability is extremely important. All airlines will tell you this, and if all else fails, this policy is most consistently enforced. If you're called with a 2 hour window to get to work, you'd better make sure you're in a position to get there earlier.

If you're still with me so far, the perks (of course) include free (standby) travel, not only on your airline, but on most airlines with which you share a reciprocal cabin seat agreement...it definitely helps if you commute to your base. ZED fares can be your friend if you'd like to see more of the world on your time off, and the perks don't end at airfare. Hotels, cruises, and a variety of other things can be at your fingertips for a lot less than you're used to.

I've been enjoying this experience now for almost 7 years (3-4 months with one airline - which is now deceased, and 6.5 with my current airline), and I can honestly say at the moment that I don't want to do anything else. I tried the 9-5 thing, and the retail thing, and both of those jobs pale in comparison to this. I strongly encourage you to try it, and again I wish you both the best of luck. Cheers!
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swafa
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Flight Attendant is my career. It can be fulfilling work, though it admittedly is not for everyone.
 
NASBWI
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 4):
Is "Fight Attendant" a Career?

To be honest, the position was never designed to be a career, but given the benefits, it's pretty hard to let go of if you really enjoy doing it   .
Fierce, Fabulous, and Flawless ;)
 
Atlwest1
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:40 pm

I think being a flight attendant is a career. Ive been doing it for 5 years now and love it. I definitely agree with the comments about work rules. However remember work rules are subjected to change at ANY carrier at anytime. Look more for growth potential of the company, look at its financials and yes at the current work rules. Also it is a lifestyle and is far more unique then anything you will experience lol but its a good job you will meet lots of new friends and some of the passengers you come across can forever alter your views and outlooks.

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 4):
Is "Fight Attendant" a Career? Most flight attendants are Customer Service experts and Many other jobs open to those Skills.
Airport and Network Operations, Crew Scheduling, Mileage Plus , Hoteling, Personnel, Marketing, a Myriad of positions beyond just Cabin Crew. That's just your first bite of the APPLE!!

Crew scheduling a career? Eeekk LOL  
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co. or Airt
 
lweber557
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:53 pm

I know on Jet Blue their F/A's start off on reserve and most of them are hired internally. If I were you I'd try to find a job starting off in customer service at an airline - working at the ticket counter or as a gate agent. Doing that you'd be able to gain experience in dealing with passengers and gaining knowledge about the airline industry. You'd also be able to network with people to find an opening for F/A's. Its all about who you know...
 
pilotpip
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RE: Career As Flight Attendent

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:15 pm

You want to be a flight attendant at a regional? Let me ask you a few questions:

Do you enjoy being broke? Do you enjoy having travel bennefits you can't afford to use? Do you like the idea of being yelled at by irate passengers for things completely out of your control like weather and maintenance issues? Do you like crappy hotels where you get maybe 5 hours of solid sleep after a 16 hour day followed up by another 12+ hour day with said passengers? Do you like the thought of not breaking $20,000 income for the next couple years without a second job on your few days at home?

If you want to be a flight attenant, try for a better airline than a regional. At JetBlue, Southwest, VA you will make more and have better bennefits off the bat. Regardless of where you go you will be on reserve but even this can vary greatly between carriers. Southwest has great rules compared to say, Trans States.
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