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I want to be a flight attendant… but I don’t have a college degree.

20131007-121531.jpgHello! I am an aspiring Flight Attendant. I’m 20. I live in Germany as an 
Au-Pair and I’m finally headed back to San Diego in a month. I don’t have a college education under my belt so I was wondering what should I have to accomplish before applying to airlines? In other words, what should be on my application/resume to standout? I’m considering an aviation operations degree program but I know I want to be a flight attendant in at least 1 1/2 years and know to complete an associates degree I need at least two years.. So i guess that’s my also a question,  will I have a chance of getting an interview with being in college for aviation?  Or will they truly only consider me if I’m a college graduate?  I’m also considering CNA Training to let them know I’ve been trained for emergency situations. But i dont know what’s truly need and im hoping you could enlighten me on how to land an interview.  Thank you for your time! I look forward to hearing back!
-Olivia

It’s not required to have a college degree to become a flight attendant. But competition is fierce. Only the best get hired. That’s why most flight attendants do have college degrees (doesn’t have to be related to aviation), speak another language, or have worked as medical professionals. Good customer service is everything to an airline.  A smile and a good attitude go a long way. Who better to work for an airline than an au-pair! You’re used to dealing with people – children, so you must know how to make them happy. I’ve seen grown men cry over not getting an upgrade. Recently a grown woman refused to share her row with another passenger. In this job you have to have patience, be able to keep people calm, and also know how to adapt to change quickly. You can’t be rigid.  You have to be able to go with the flow.  I say apply to the airlines and see what happens. While you’re waiting to hear back, enroll in school. Study whatever you like. It’s always good to have something to fall back on, especially in Airline World where things are always changing, not necessarily for the better.

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I want to be a flight attendant…. but I’m a single mom

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I’m thinking about applying to be a flight attendant and I have a 1 year old son and I’m not too sure if its a good idea. I watched the Flight attendant video Delta airline shows and it scares me. They say the pay is low! I’m not with my son’s father so we switch weeks. My son is with him one week and with me the next. I want to do this because it’s a career oppurtunity but all I hear is the bad part of being an attendant. Do you think it’s for me? Or should i try something else? – Angel G

Those first few years as a flight attendant are tough. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. This is why flight attendants only last a few months or an entire life time  It’s that extreme.  As for the pay, nobody becomes a flight attendant for the money.  New hires average between 14K-20K the first year – unless they work insane hours, in which case they’re never home.  What kind of life is that when you have a young child at home?  (You can read more about how much flight attendants make HERE.)  Most flight attendants start out very young, that or this is a second career later on in life after the kids have grown.  I don’t want to squash your dream, but starting this job with a young child at home will be difficult.  There’s a good chance you won’t get based where you live.  Sure you’ll have days off to fly home and you’ll be able to use your flight benefits to get there, but unless you have a 24 hour support system while you’re away it’s going to be hard.  Add bad weather, flight cancellations, and full flights into the mix and you might not even make it home.  That’s why you have to be flexible. Why you always have to have back up plans A, B, C, and D. The hardest thing about the job is reserve.  It’s a killer.  You’re at the airlines beckon call.  Research each airline to see how their reserve system works.  Some airlines require flight attendants to work an entire month of reserve until you’re senior enough to hold off.  Other airlines only require flight attendants to work a few days each month.   If the airline is at the end of a hiring spree, you might get stuck on reserve for a long time.  If you’re one of the first to be hired or you know the airline will continue hiring, there’s a good chance you might not be on reserve for long.  But that also depends on where you’re based, and how senior the flight attendants are at that base.  Reserve is what breaks most flight attendants. You should also know that most airlines don’t pay for training.  Training averages 4-7 weeks, depending on the airline.  If you have a good support system at home, I say go for it!  If you don’t like it you can always quit.

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