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How to become a flight attendant

Being a stewardess has been a popular job for a long long time. For some women, it has been a dream since they were little girls. A couple of days ago, a major airline here, opened the vacancy for cabin crew. Within two days they’ve received thousands applications. I guess it’s safe to say, that being a stewardess still remains wildly popular.

But how do you become a stewardess? Are there any special skills needed? Perhaps a special education? I will tell you my story and my experiences during the recruitment process. Hopefully my story can help any aspiring stewardesses or stewards!

Each airlines has their own specific criteria when it comes to hiring cabin crew. Most of the time you can find those criteria on their website. Here are three examples of requirements for cabin crew.

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Emirates

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Easy Jet

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KLM Cityhopper

In my case the biggest criteria was having a high school diploma and work experience in a service orientated job. I will talk about these two requirements.

Although it honest to say that that little piece of paper, called a diploma, doesn’t say anything about how good a person can be in a job, it’s still a requirement. And with so much competition, airlines are free to have their standards as high as possible. Without that piece of paper, you’re wasting your time and theirs. So, go get that diploma! They will ask you to bring a copy of your diploma.

Work experience in a service orientated job can be so many things. So this is a lot easier compared to getting a diploma. For example, I worked at a restaurant, a tour operator, a online travel agency and on a customer service department. These are all jobs where I had to work with customers/guests and provide a service. If you don’t have any experience in that field, go get some! There are so many possibilities to gain experience in this specific field.

Ok. So these are requirements you can actually do something about. Other requirements, for example being at least 1.58cm tall, are requirements that can ruin your dream for good. When you’re 2cm too short, it’s still 2cm too short. And believe me, they will measure you when they’re in doubt.

Do you need a specific type of education to raise the stakes? As you can see in the requirements of all three airlines, they don’t mention a specific type of eduction or preference. So, the answer is no. I have heard about make up artists, medicine students or office gals becoming a stewardess, all with totally different education backgrounds.

Will those specific aviation/ cabin crew educations help you towards becoming a stewardess? Yes and no. Yes, they will train you on those specific skills needed as a stewardess and you will learn more in general about aviation. But any other education on the same level will train you on those same skills. I truly believe that you don’t need to go to ‘stewardess college’ to achieve your goal. In the end you still have to go through the same recruitment procedures as anyone else.

This is it for today! Hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have any questions just leave me a comment below! Next up will be my experiences with the selection days.

Bye!

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8 Comments

  1. Very interesting overview. I’ve heard a lot about the hard process to get a stewardess (especially when you want to apply for a job at a major airline)

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  4. Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the challenges.
    It was truly informative. Your website is very useful.

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