How To Start Your Flight Attendant Career

Starting your Flight Attendant career might seem like a far and distant dream at first. But do not feel anxious or worried, as it is actually quite easy to begin flying with an airline.

All you need to become a flight attendant is a positive attitude, great knowledge of English and most importantly – be communicative! Also, don‘t be afraid to take the first step, as that will help out massively in landing a job in the aviation industry.

If you think you possess those traits and you truly do wish to touch the skies as a flight attendant, here are the steps which will help you start your cabin crew career:

1. Check if you meet the requirements

Even at the most basic level, Flight Attendants have to meet certain requirements:

  • Height. You should be at least 155 cm tall, because of safety reasons.
  • You know how to swim, in case of an emergency landing in the water.
  • A very high level of English, both in speaking and writing.
  • Have a high school diploma. Airlines do not hire people without a high school diploma. If you finished college or university, that’s even better!
  • No visible tattoos with a uniform. As you might fly all around the world, different cultures have different attitudes towards tattoos. While someone might not mind a visible tattoo in one part of the world, others might take offense of seeing a tattoo.
  • A valid Medical Cabin Crew certificate.

And that’s it. Obviously, a charming, easy-going and communicative personality is a must!

2. Fill out your CV

First and foremost, this is the most important step towards your flight attendant career. Your CV is proof for airlines that you have met the basic requirements. Also, if you have worked any previous jobs, that experience will be beneficial as well. Especially, if you have worked in customer service, as you will have to serve customers on their flights.

Knowledge of multiple languages is also very useful for building your career.

However, previous experience is not always needed. It depends on the airline. For example, due to cost-saving measures, low-cost carriers hire less experienced flight crews. While it might sound bad at first glance, this is a great opportunity to build up your experience and fill your CV with the required fields to work in bigger airlines, like Emirates. Remember that if you dream of flying with Emirates, working with a low-cost carrier is the perfect stepping stone for you to advance your career!

3. Attend a screening

Pretty much all airlines like to hold screening days to hire Flight Attendants. Usually, they come to a lot of countries, so be sure to check out the possibilities in your city or the nearest big city to you.

What happens at a flight attendant interview day?

Usually, a lot of candidates come in. The airline greets them all and gives out a presentation about how great the working conditions are at their company.

Then, the representatives will introduce themselves and you will play some team-based games, to see how well you can work in a team environment. Additionally, airlines will give you some scenarios to play out to see what kind of a problem-solver you are to make sure that you do not panic under stressful situations.

Finally, a personal interview will follow with a single or multiple representatives from the airline. This is the final part that a few make it, so if you do happen to have a personal interview – your chances of getting hired are very high!