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Dear future cabin crew,

Although things can feel challenging, know that there’s a TON of opportunity right now for anyone that’s willing to be brave, dedicate his time to learn new things and fight for this dream!

….… and YES, that includes you 🙂

 So it’s time to start learning something new and useful and we got you covered!

We are very happy to announce the launch of our first ONLINE cabin crew interview preparation course!  As this pandemic keeps us locked in our houses for an uncertain period of time, let’s use our time wisely and make the first steps towards an aviation carer!

 

Many airline companies such as Etihad Airways, Emirates or Qatar Airways have adapted their recruitment process to the current situation and they are currently organising online video interviews as a method to preselect their future cabin crew. As you know, preparation is key so learning how to act during this type of interview and how to answer to all the questions the recruiters will ask you is CRUCIAL for your succes!

This online course will provide you with all the necessary tools to fully prepare you for all of the Cabin Crew recruitment stages and enhance your confidence.

The course runs for 2 weeks, 3 lessons per weeks and it’s delivered by highly experienced aviation trainers that will guide you constantly and teach you all you need to know about becoming cabin crew.

 

COST: 150 eur

WHEN: starting 13th April 

 

Ready to dive in? Here’s the link to access your guide: http://training.howtobecabincrew.com/onlinecabincrewcourse

Don’t delay in getting started, because your skills and courage are needed now more than ever befor. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to message us!

Always remember that this too shall pass!❤

 

Stay strong,

How to be cabin crew team

Charter airline companies VS commercial airline companies – how are they different?

We’ll try to give you an insight of what each one means by making a comparison between charter and commercial airlines.

Charter airline companies rent their aircraft with the entire crew in order to operate all kind of flights. For example, an aircraft can be rented by a company to serve business services or, most of the times, by tourism agencies that want to give their clients a full vacation package: transportation, accommodation and meals. These routes are especially to popular vacation destinations and can be seasonal or all the year-round. Therefore, the flight schedule and the airports in which the airplane takes off and lands are established by the company that rents the aircraft, according to their needs.

Charter flight are usually operated with small aircrafts, which can land in a multitude of locations, offering the passengers more flexibility.

Commercial airlines have daily flights which can be bought directly by clients. For example, Qatar Airways can have 7 flights per week to New York. The flight can have layovers and they’re not conditioned by buying other services such as meal and accommodation. The flight can be direct or with layovers and you can even change the air operator until reaching the destination.

From the perspective of the passenger, I believe the most important difference is the fact that you can customize your services, your comfort and the intimacy offered by charter airlines. The most important thing for a passenger flying with a charter flight is the time. In most of the cases, the flight is direct, meaning that you won’t waste time in other airports with layovers and you’ll reach the destination in the fastest way possible.

By comparison with a bus ride, it’s like you book tickets for your group of friends to go to the other part of the country in a bus full with 300 people, which has its own route (one longer with various stops). You instead choose to rent a smaller bus with a driver, meaning that you’ll arrive at the destination much earlier and more comfortably. This is what a charter flight means – an alternative displayed by certain tourism operators to reach more easily some vacation destinations.

Also, charter companies can transport passengers who travel for working reasons: big orchestras who have to arrive at concerts, football teams that have important games, important officials that travel for business matters etc.

For future cabin crew, the biggest difference is the schedule. The duties remain the same in both cases. The standards and safety procedures are respected by cabin crew no matter in which regime they work for. Another important aspect is relocation. If you want to stay in your country, a charter company is ideal. You’ll go to your flights wherever the company needs you and then, you can easily come back home.

Some of the benefits that charter cabin crew have are:

  • Free travel and accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Allowance for the entire duration of the trip
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Flexibility, cabin crew have the possibility to choose the period in which they want to fly

So, there are certain advantages and disadvantages for both charter and commercial flights. One thing is for sure: both are safe. It’s up to you to choose the company that fits you the best!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our online course and you will learn everything you have to know about aviation, the airline interviews and its stages. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect resum and we will assist you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

How a job in customer service can help you become cabin crew?

Most airline companies don’t require people to have experience in aviation, but they expect that candidates have a series of qualities and skills that fit with the cabin crew requirements. Some of those are communication, teamwork, fast adaptability in emergency situations, client orientation, good time management, diplomacy and strong attention to details.

Furthermore, any previous experience in customer service is a big advantage in any candidate’s CV. That’s why we always advise our readers and students to gain some professional experience in this field. Jobs such as customer service support, sales, communications, social assistance, volunteering etc are a plus!

Practically, how could a job in customer service can help you in becoming a more valuable candidate for an airline company?

  1. You already know how to talk to clients, how to react in stressful situations and how to solve customer complaints.
  2. Recruiters see you as a responsible, mature person, who, although is young, wished to gain experience, to be financially independent and to exceed their limits. Just think about the difference from a person aged 20+ who already has in his CV a series of activities and experiences in the field (from part-time jobs or project-based jobs such as hostess, promoter, direct sales etc) and a person that has an empty CV. Which one will have more chances to be hired?
  3. You develop professionally and personally, you learn useful things; these kind of jobs usually come with certain training and communications courses which will teach you how to talk, how to look in a certain way, overcoming emotions, how to sell etc. So, you can have access to different development tools. Any course and access to new information are extremely important when you’re just beginning your career.
  4. You’ll be more confident when you’ll go to an airline interview. You’ll know how to smile more and how important posture and attitude towards the client are; a person who has worked as a promoter/hostess understands that smiling is the best way to gain client’s sympathy and the importance of a proper body language. All become part of your job, so it’ll be much easier to highlight these skills at the interview.
  5. During the final interview, you can easily come up with a series of examples from your professional experience. During the hiring process, recruiters will test you in order to see if you have the qualities you claim you have on your CV and how do you talk and act around clients. They will ask you to detail each situation in which you had to solve a customer complaint or when you had to exceed expectations. Some of the most common questions are:

Tell me about a time you dealt with an angry/unsatisfied client?

Tell me about a time you solved a conflict at work?

Tell me about a time when you worked very well with your colleagues?

Tell me about a time when you went the extra mile for a client?

So, because you have dealt with this kind of experiences, you’ll have what to share with recruiters. You’ll be able to offer them relevant details and information on the management of the issues.

IMPORTANT: any work experience in customer care is extremely useful. However, hostess/promoter jobs come with a flexible program which will allow you to finish your studies and to have a decent income. It really depends on your current situation which job you will choose.

Therefore, plan your aviation career step by step. Because…

STEP BY STEP YOU’LL GET TO FLY!

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid, Chișinau or London in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

 

Emergency exit seats: who is allowed to stay here?

In all our articles we tell you about the main role of a flight attendant: the safety of passengers. Although lots of people still believe that cabin crew are only serving the passengers with food and drinks, it’s important to acknowledge that cabin crew are there in the airplane doing their tasks only after they went through an intensive training and passed a series of exams.

A flight attendant is the one that can save your life in an emergency situation. During the training, future cabin crew learn how to successfully pass emergency cases, how to give first aid, how to use a defibrillator, how to successfully communicate with all kinds of people and what are the survival methods on the sea or in the desert (in case of an emergency landing). Therefore, working in this industry comes with lots of responsibilities that must be known and respected.

Cabin crew are vigilant from the moment of boarding. They have to “scan” with their eyes the luggage and the passengers to identify everything that may seem suspicious and could endanger the safety of the flight. They are also identifying ABP (Able Body Passengers), meaning passengers that, in case of emergency, could help the crew evacuate the cabin.

In the cabin, the emergency exits are placed above the wings, in the row of extra legroom seats. That area is the favourite of many passengers but unfortunately, not everyone can travel on those seats. Those who are being seated there must meet the companies’ requirements.

 

Requirements to travel on the extra legroom seats:

  • passengers must have 18 years old
  • to be healthy, without medical issues
  • to agree to help the crew in case of emergency
  • to understand the safety procedures presented by the crew during the safety demo
  • to be able to open the emergency exit in case of necessity or if a flight attendant is not able to do so
  • to know and understand English because all the emergency procedures are comnunicated in English, the international language of aviation

 

Who CAN’T travel on these seats?

  • unaccompanied minors
  • children and people under 18
  • pregnant women
  • mothers travelling with infants
  • obese passengers
  • passengers with special needs (people with hearing, eyes, talking problems, people with reduced mobility due to accidents, people with permanently reduced mobility)
  • elderly people

 

Therefore, people who can meet the requirements have priority on those seats. Furthermore, the emergency exits do not have to be blocked by any item in the moment of take-off/landing and on the entire flight. Luggage is not allowed near the exit doors.

If you will travel on these seats, you have to know that the backs of the seats are not adjustable, in order to not block the passengers to exit the area. The same rule applies to the row in front of the emergency exit row.

If onboard there are people who work or have worked in aviation, people working in the military, police or firefighters, they will have priority on taking those seats because they know how to evacuate fast the cabin.

Cabin crew must follow all the procedures to verify the ABP on each flight. The life of the entire cabin is in the hands of the crew and the people seating near the emergency exit.

We wish you clear skies and safe flights!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

Why are men wanted in aviation?

The cabin crew job doesn’t mean only beautiful uniforms, impeccable make-up, red lipstick and perfect bun. During the flights, you’ll meet all sort of people, cultures and situations which can pun the flight attendants in difficulty. Because every day is different, cabin crew have to be themselves very different, with various personalities, this including both women and men.

Although media is always talking about “stewardesses”, “air hostesses”, “female flight attendants” and rarely about men building a career in aviation, the number of those practising this job is increasing considerably.

Did you know the first flight attendant in the world was a man?

Henrich Kubis is the first male flight attendant who in 1912 was hired by Delag Airline, on a Zeppelin LZ-10. His duties were similar with those of today’s cabin crew: taking care of passengers and assuring they have a comfortable ride.

Therefore, being a male flight attendant isn’t a tabu subject, something rare and extremely hard to find. Actually, more and more airline companies are looking for male cabin crew to join their team. The most popular ones are Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Wizz Air, Ryanair, British Airways, Norwegian and the list can continue. The companies which are looking ONLY for females are a few comparing the ones from above.

Why do companies need male cabin crew?

The answer is simple: because we are equals and diversity is beautiful. Duties of a male flight attendant aren’t different from the ones of a female. The only difference is when, in certain cultures, the presence of a man onboard is preferred. For example, some religions prohibit man to have eye contact or any other sort of contact with a woman. That’s why most of the flights to and from Israel are operated almost every time by a crew only with men.

The passion for flying and the wish to have a career in this environment can’t be divided by gender. Man doesn’t have to be pilots and girls flight attendants. Each of them has to follow their passion. So if until now you were undecided whether you can work as a flight attendant or not, now you know all the aspects of this subject. Men can be “stewardesses” too!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

The magical flight attendant’s red lipstick

Diana Vreeland, a legend in the fashion industry, about her favourite colour: “Red is the great clarifier, bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red, it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.”

The lipstick is very important for a flight attendant. The grooming standards have to be strictly respected no matter which company you represent. The same is for the makeup. It is mandatory to wear a perfect, natural make-up. No matter how much you enjoy or not wearing it, how tiring can be to always look impeccable, the beautiful uniform comes with a set of rules that have to be respected. Respecting the companies’ guidelines when applying makeup doesn’t mean you can’t add a personal touch to the look. On the contrary, it is great to put your mark on, but be sure you don’t take it too far in order to break the company’s boundaries.

Our trainer Roxana, who worked for two years as cabin crew for Gulf Air, tells us about her favourite products during her stay in the Middle East.

“Red lipstick was for me one of the grooming standards of the company, therefore a “must” in my daily look. I have to admit that I wasn’t a red lipstick fan at all. Because I had to respect this, I did detailed research about the lipsticks on the market and the shades available. I found two lipsticks that matched my skin colour perfectly.

For the day long-haul flights, I wore BOSS MATTE LIP KIT by Kylie and for the short-haul or night flights I wore DIVA MATTE by MAC.

These are two shades totally different from another. The last one it’s cherry shade, a dark, nocturnal, mysterious red. When I used to wear it I was feeling shrouded in mystery. On the other hand, the first shade is a lively, light red. I loved applying in my early morning flights. This shade energizes you and prepares you psychically for a long flight.

Although the red colour is really hard to apply and to make it look perfect, most of the times it stood by me, encouraging me as a good friend.”

 

Because at our courses we like to respect all the grooming rules of flight attendants, we asked our colleagues about their favourite red lipsticks.

I’ll start by presenting my personal favourite, Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty, shade “Uncensored”. I just love the way it looks on my lips while wearing it! I can apply it early in the morning and take it off in the evening without seeing differences. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t dry on your lips as others do. Of course, if you want to reapply it for a more professional look, I totally advise you as it doesn’t look bad on the lips after doing it.

Our trainer Rucsandra, who flew for 30 years for TAROM, the National Carrier of Romania, says that her favourites are Red Woo and Russian Red by Mac.

“Besides my favourites, I also use Lip Stain Always Red by Sephora, which I apply it only after a lip balm because it’s really matte and can dry on the lips. Although it’s that strong and gives you a dryness aspect, I totally recommend it because it’s perfect for long-haul flights.”

Our international trainer, Anca, loves natural looks so she mostly wears lip balms.

“I admit that I’m a person who knows very little about make-up, therefore my skincare and make-up routine is very, very short: moisturizer, SPF, foundation, powder and blush.  2 years ago I stopped using any other make-up product (mascara, eyes shadow, eyeliner etc.) and for the lips I only have two favourites:

Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur – Cherry Bomb by Terry – I love this because it’s extremely light, it’s a good moisturizing for the lips and has a discrete red shade which I love.

Outrageous Plump Effect by Sephora is a gloss which become my best friend since 2017.”

 

Now that we know how important red lipstick is…

Which shade suits you the best?

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

This Christmas, we’re sharing good thoughts to all corners of the world!

What does a Cabin Crew feel when flying? Freedom, happiness, friendship, gratitude? Once you have stepped on board in an impeccable uniform means you have fallen in love. The best part is that aviation will never leave you and will always by your side.

Now comes a harder question. What does a Cabin Crew feel when flying on Christmas day? A huge emptiness in the soul caused by the absence of family and friends. No matter how amazing the big cities are, home is the place where your thoughts fly most often, especially when December is coming, you appreciate more and more what you had back home.

In Dubai, Doha, London or Paris, children do not go from door to door to sing carols. You hear Christmas songs only on shopping malls in other languages that you mother tongue. Your grandma is not baking sweets, your father is not preparing mouth-watering meat and the mulled wine doesn’t have the same taste. Actually, all of these are happening, but really far far away. Of course, among Cabin Crew are those lucky flight attendants who have free days during Christmas Holidays and get to feel these in person. Even though we’re far, we respect our countries’ traditions with joy in our soul.

Christmas onboard is amazing! Passengers become your second home. They need all your warmth and you, as a Cabin Crew, have to offer everything in the right way. Often onboard you’ll hear Christmas Carols, you’ll dring hot cinnamon tea and the most inventive ones bring with them Santa hats, gingerbread and chocolate.

Let’s just look at the bright side: onboard you can celebrate New Year’s Day each time you are above a country in which the time zone shows 00:00. The longer the destination is, the more wishes you can make, be closer to fireworks and also offer passengers lots of champagne glasses.

On one hand, as cabin crew you make lots of sacrifices, but on the other hand, you gain new experiences which you’ll remember years after years and will make you feel proud. You build lots of friendships, you share common ideas, you laugh at the same jokes with your colleagues,  these are small things that make a flight attendant’s life rich. The most important thing learnt as a cabin crew is that time is not measured in hours, but memories. When you come back home after your aviation career ended, you realize distance hasn’t changed your relationships from home. Grandma’s still baking sweets, you still decorate the Christmas tree along with your family.

Give the others what you have in your soul is one of the virtues that make people superheroes. Aviation is the place where you feel these things. You cand easily call it “home” and keep it in your soul for the rest of your life. When you’ll want to rewind time, you’ll have your memories right there, waiting for you.

Place your wish under the tree and if it’s strong enough, it will catch wings sooner than you think.

How to be Cabin Crew team wishes you Happy Holidays wherever you are! Fully enjoy every moment because each individual’s happiness only depends on themselves!

*All the pictures in this article are of our students’ who now follow their dreams in the clouds.

Roles and responsibilities of a Cabin Crew

The most important responsibility of a flight attendant is to make sure her passengers are safe, then to assure they are feeling comfortable. Because Cabin Crew are considered the ambassadors of their airline companies, it is expected from them to have impeccable service and to have a friendly attitude, slightly approachable, natural enthusiasm and an immaculate image.

A flight attendant has multiple roles she/he has to fulfill during their flight, and the most known ones are:

Air hostess

Each cabin crew involves directly into the process of meeting and boarding the passengers, as well as taking them to their places at First Class or Business Class, and also in disembarking them.

Nanny

Flight attendants take care of unaccompanied minors. The Etihad Airways company has a special training called Flying Nanny, and for the most important flights they are allocating a flight attendant who takes care and plays with the children in the plane.

Nurse

Each cabin crew has the role of a nurse which offers first aid to passengers in case of any medical problem.

Waitress

Besides serving food and beverage, Cabin Crew are also serving goods from duty-free having, therefore, the role of a sales agent.

Secretary

The flight attendant must write the written documentation with the details about all the incidents happened during the flight and more others like: papers for catering, duty free service, passengers feedback, usage of medical tools, if there were any delays and what was the cause of it.

The person who makes sure the passengers are travelling safely

The cabin crew can encounter situations like fire in the cabin, force landing, deviation from the initial itinerary, terrorist attacks and situations which need their unconditionally first aid support. In these cases, they must be sure that the passengers are following the rules strictly or the procedures imposed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority.

After you have been recruited as Cabin Crew, you will have to go through a training period between 6 – 8  weeks in which you will learn: Safety Measures and Urgent Procedures, Measure and Procedures of Security, First Aid and Human Resource Management.

After you graduate your training, you will be in probation for approximately 6 months, time in which your performance will be evaluated periodically by the line manager and other superiors, but also by trainers. Every 12 months the flight attendant will have a reexamination of their knowledge in order to renew their flight license.

Therefore, Cabin Crew can face multiple situations, not at all normal, for which is mandatory to have some qualities like diplomacy, team spirit, initiative, power of adaptation and organization.

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

What it’s like to be a Cabin Crew?

You may have heard many of your friends say that they dream of becoming a member of the cabin crew. After long talk sessions with them about their job, you could have developed the same goal. Before deciding on following their footsteps, there are a few things that you need to know about what it is like being a cabin crew.

The training is no joke. The training that you have to go through is very challenging and will take around four to eight weeks. You have many written and practical exams that you need to complete. This means that you will have to spend long hours to study and understand everything that you learned in the classroom. After some time, there will be aircraft cabin mock-ups that could be dreadful. You are required to pass each exam with at least 90% grade. If you fail to reach this mark three times, the airline will send you home. Once this happens, you won’t be able to reapply for six months. You have to deal with the differences in time and weather in different places. For flight attendants that travel internationally, it is a struggle to adapt to the life of experiencing different time zones and climate or weather every day of your career. Because of the schedule that you are on, you will most likely become sick at the beginning because your body is not programmed to go through that as frequently as you do as a flight attendant. However, after some time, you will become accustomed to that specific lifestyle. All you have to do is to ensure that you are in good health at all times. To avoid getting sick, you can take vitamins and health boosters. Though it is great to be living your dream, you need to remind yourself that health is wealth.

Dealing with passengers is not the easiest task. Every day, you will have to face people with different personalities, behaviour, and temper. As a cabin crew, it is essential to learn how to deal with all kinds of people. You will have to deal with some who will complain a lot or those who have multiple questions that may seem pointless. However, it is your responsibility to make them feel comfortable throughout the flight. Always remember to smile when you face your passengers. You are not their waiter, but you are the one who will save their lives if something happens. Although you indeed have to bring them their food and drink during the flight, you were not trained for weeks to do only that. You will learn what to do in case an emergency arises. There are procedures that you will have to perform during your mock-ups. You will be taught what you have to do if the plane malfunctions or a medical emergency happens mid-flight. As a flight attendant, you have many responsibilities, most of which is to attend to your passengers. However, you should never forget what you trained long and hard for. Although there is only a slim chance of something tragic happening, you still have to review and recall the steps you have to take. You will receive amazing perks.

As a beginner, your salary won’t be as high as you may have expected it to be, but there are several benefits that you can get. During your layovers, while working, your company will let you stay in excellent hotels. You will also receive discounted tickets when you want to travel for personal reasons. Regarding your salary, there is no need to worry. The pay will continue to work up the pay scale as time passes by. There will be no more holidays for you. During the contract signing, your employer will inform you that you will no longer have any holiday or birthday leaves. You will have a schedule that you will have to follow, and if your day-off falls on any of the significant holidays, then you are in luck. However, if you are scheduled to fly on those days, then you will celebrate with your passengers on board. Although it may be lonely, it is an entirely different experience that may be amusing at the beginning. After some time, you will get used to your schedule and spending most of your time away from your loved ones.

It is your responsibility to solve unexpected problems. One example of an unexpected situation is when a bug or pest has entered the plane. Though there are people whose job is to clean the aircraft often, there are still instances wherein you will find one, such as a cockroach, aboard. If this happens, you can perform cockroach control with non-toxic killer products. It may not seem that important, but it is crucial to show your passengers that you value cleanliness. Also, some people have a phobia of these pests. Making sure that the plane is bug-free ensures that none of the passengers will go into a panic attack.

These are only a few advantages and disadvantages of being a flight attendant. If you still want to be a cabin crew member after learning about what it really is like, then you should go ahead and pursue your dream.

Happy and safe flights!

Guest Post by Cora L.

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’s interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

Diana and her motivation to become Cabin Crew

I couldn’t even know how to start Diana’s story. I admit that in the moment I read what I wrote I felt very happy, because I’ve never known her motivation of becoming a Flight Attendant. Just now, almost 10 months after I met her, I found out the real reason why she wanted to prepare with us and why she fought so hard to become a Cabin Crew. I let you read her story, it’s a sincere one and truly emotional.

“I know that most people want a career in aviation due to the desire of travelling the world, having a fulfilling life, in which no other day is the same as the next one. I will be honest, I wished to become a flight attendant due to financial motives. Yes, I admit, I arrived at a point in my life where my actual job offered few financial perspectives, and the situation from home wasn’t so pink. I had two parents closed to retiring, a bank loan and a long list of things that were asking rapidly to be resolved. I know, doesn’t sound so optimistic, but this were the real reasons in that moment. I woke up alone in the situation of holding the financial situation of my family, concerned in the same time for the present and the future of my parents. For me, my family is extremely important and it’s the motor that keeps me alive. And with my ‘fabulous’ salary which permitted me to live decent in Bucharest, I knew I didn’t have something to offer.

So I had to brace up and I thought what I can do. Two of my best friends were already Flight Attendants for an airline company in the Middle East and I knew how much they won, what monthly salary enters in their pockets, what expenses they have, and how much they get to save every month. One of them already made a bank credit of 20.000 euros from a bank in UAE (credit obtained relatively easy, installment credit for 3 years, without any rate of interest), with want she wanted to start a small family business, in Romania.

I thought to follow their example, mostly from a financial perspective, not especially for the glamorous life, full of travels and luxury. I didn’t know anything about this domain, I knew only that I wanted to go to one interview and to pass it, to not arrive in the situation to apply over and over again in order to be accepted. I admit, I sometimes put a big pressure on myself and I want performance more than anything. Therefore, in a few weeks, I made my homework about what will I do in order to pass successfully the interview with an airline company.

On the 13th, in a Wednesday, I registered to How to be Cabin Crew preparation course. I laughed and I said I will confront my bad luck, due to being on the 13th. I admit, I thought 3 weeks before making this step: to go, to not go, what if I pay 350 euros and I don’t get hired, what will I do? I admit, I was a little bit skeptical, again from financial reasons. My mother told me direct: “Diana, if you don’t take any risk, you will not win. So go, invest money in your preparation, and after you have the chance to have a salary 10 times higher.” It had sense what my mother told me, to I bet 350 euros + a new suit for the interview, following that today, when I write this text, to have a salary around 2500 euros monthly, approximately 8 times higher, exactly like my mother said.

I don’t know if I can put into words what I experienced/learned at your preparation course. It was probably the most beautiful experience before starting my aviation career. Just my first flight as Cabin Crew succeeded to dethrone this experience. Even if I wouldn’t succeed for the first time, I felt that I truly invested in my personal development, and everything that I learned in those 4 days would have had helpful for anywhere I would go. I understood what my strong points are and what are my minuses, I learned to construct my personal presentation in order not to remain in anonymous, I tested my English vocabulary in a serious of situations more and more difficult and challenging, and most importantly, I had in front of me an example of a strong person, which succeeded to have a beautiful career in aviation. Our trainer had 10 years of experience at Qatar Airways and 2 years’ experience as a recruiter. I admit, I was inspired by her story, her determination to fight for a job like this, how she succeeded to make a career out of this and how she knows to be close to her students and to offer them the best there is. When I arrived home in the afternoon, after 8-10 hours at the course, I stayed with my mother another 2 hours to tell her what I learned, about the task I had to take, about my colleagues, and my face was always full of joy. I finally found myself, I discovered how beautiful it is to work in a team and to do what motivates me. In those 4 days I simply got my wings and I had so much confidence in myself.

Georgiana, one of the girls from How to be Cabin Crew team, told me from the first day “you have the cabin Crew lipstick, you look amazing” and I knew I blushed like a kid. I wouldn’t know how to thank Anca and Georgiana for the passion they put in this project and for the way in which they get attached to us. The girls have something special (and I think every student can confirm this), and with my confession I hope that both will understand (at least a part) the immense joy they brought in me and how grateful I am for what they have done.

After almost 8 months of flying, I overcome all my financial fears and permanent concerns towards the future. Not only because I have a salary that gives me confidence and makes me smile when I read my statement account, but because today I got so much confidence in myself that nobody could take that away from me. I know if I will start again from 0, I would have the strength to get over any obstacle and to stand straight. Aviation is a domain that teaches you how to be a winner.

Courage darlings, the future has big plans for each one of us!”

Diana

 

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