Written by Mond Ortiz
It is easy to decide to be a flight attendant because it looks cool, you want to travel the world, and because he or she looks good in a uniform, but do you really know what you are getting into? I think this is the most important thing for you to know first before you finally decide to take action to become a flight attendant. You have to know what you are getting into and what you will be going through.
The airline expects so much from their flight attendants and to be able to adhere to these standards, one must really be dedicated and focused to the job. One cannot become a cabin crew without really knowing what you are getting into and what you will be going through. You have to be there not for the perks, but because you dedicate yourself to the job which is primarily that of an air safety professional and passenger frontliner on board. The expectations and standards are very high because as flight attendants, you will be dealing with lives.
In order to meet airline expectations, the screening process and the training are tedious already by itself. Most airlines have a minimum of a 4-step process where the rate of making it through is less than 10%. Out of 100 applicants, less than 10 are only taken in. This process includes a pre-screen process where recruiters will check you from head to toe. Some will ask you to walk and say a word. From there, many are eliminated from the pool, and this is not even yet the impact interview or group dynamics which are even harder stages. I myself have witnessed a recruitment process and let me tell you that every bit of details is checked and observed. Trust me, looking like a beauty queen or a model is never an assurance that you will make it.
Why are airline standards so high? Again, as cabin crew, you will be dealing with lives. I don't mean to be negative here but I have encountered an aspirant who has been trying to pass screening process for how many years and yet, she never made it through. Then one day, I noticed her ranting over social media blaming the airlines as to why there are too many aspirants who cannot get in. She claimed that airline standards are too high. People, please do not be like this person. It is either you adjust to airline standards by working hard and making changes or do not apply at all because you will end up wasting your own time. Trust me, it is important to really know what you are getting yourself into the moment you decide to become a cabin crew.
Then comes training! This is the hardest part. Many cabin crew trainees cry in the middle. Some are shocked with the amount of hard work they have to put in.
I myself witnessed training classes and let me tell you this, you have to be fully aware of what you will go through which I will run down here:
Yes your training will fully equip you but experiencing a real flight is different and will require so much from you. It will require a lot of discipline, hard work, adjustments, most especially, a lot of emotional intelligence especially when making key decisions on board. You must know how to keep your emotions at check when dealing with unwanted emergency situations and different passenger personalities.
Becoming a cabin crew is not a free pass to travel the world, definitely not. You have to be there for the job and what the airline requires from you.
With all these being said, do you somehow know what you are getting to once you finally take action to become a cabin crew? I am not trying to scare you, but I feel that it is best that you are aware of all these.
Before we end, I want you to watch this video below of FA Yna Ramos and please do take note of the second question or point.