Written by Mond Ortiz
One of the common questions we get on our inbox is "what course should I take to be a flight attendant" and "is going to a flight attendant school necessary before applying in the airline?" With regards to the second question, it is not a requirement. Though going to an FA school also has its own advantages, it is not really required and you will still go through the same training in the airline, even if you took courses in aviation.
About the first question, well airlines are not particular with the course you took in college. We have some cabin crew members who are registered nurses, some finished pre-law, some took up business courses, some took up HRM, and many took tourism.
Though there are airlines that do not require you to be a college graduate to be their cabin crew, there are some that does like Philippine Airlines and PAL Express. If you will ask me personally, I still do recommend that you finish college if you can. Education is an important part of our foundation.
With regards to what course to take, again, airlines that requires you to be a college graduate do not really care what course you finished. They are after how well rounded you are. It is nice to have a mix of cabin crew of different college degree on board as no matter what. Each course does have its own advantage which you could actually read here .
If you will ask me though what course should you take, I'll simply tell you follow where your heart leads you. Personally though, I would suggest you take a business course or entrepreneurship.
Whoa! Isn't that far from being a flight attendant?
Far, yes, but it will help you along. As you see, going places and travelling opens a lot of opportunities, especially if you do it for a living. When you travel especially if you go on layovers, you will be presented with a lot of trends and opportunities. You can meet potential suppliers for a business you are also passionate on doing. You will be able to spot trends in other places which may become a hit in your country or city. You will also learn a lot from your colleagues who took different courses. You will be able to taste culinary treats which will be a good opportunity to introduce when you go back. Just make sure you do everything legally and according to what our law states. It would also be nice to invest your money and salary in business so you can further grow your income.
We have a lot of entrepreneurs who are present cabin crew members and all of them are able to play both roles well, without sacrificing one. You may read their stories here.
Is tourism the closest course to becoming a cabin crew? I would say tourism, nursing, and HRM are the closest as they all belong to the service industry. In fact, the very first flight attendants who flew in fixed wing aircraft are nurses, the group of Ellen Church. They were otherwise known as the "flying nurses" in the 1930s.
So with regards to what college course to take, just follow your heart. I earlier suggested entrepreneurship but then again, that's just me. Should you finish college to be a flight attendant? For as long as you have the means, please do. Even of some airlines do not require it. Don't hurry up. For as long as airplanes are being manufactured and there is air travel, the need for flight attendants will always be there.