Hello! 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.