There are alternative choices that branch off from these, as well. A flight attendant can become a flight attendant recruiter, traveling around to various cities all over an airline’s system and interviewing prospective flight attendants. This can be a very rewarding position, as you have within your power the ability to make dreams come true for other aspiring flight attendants who feel just as you once did.
This is one of the most pleasant of jobs for a flight attendant, as you are able to take on the responsibility of making hiring decisions and shaping your company by selecting the best people for the job. It can be a real challenge, however, because many people need to be interviewed before finding enough applicants who meet the lofty standards required by the airline. Another inside position into which a flight attendant can move is that of a flight attendant instructor. This position requires the instructor to live in or near the training facilities, usually located at the city that is the home base of the airline. The instructor teaches new flight attendant trainees how to become flight attendants, provides instruction on new aircraft the airline acquires, new procedures and yearly recurrent instruction given to all flight attendants.
This person must qualify to teach the standards mandated by the FAA, and is rigorously tested periodically in order to maintain the position. Familiarity with FAA rules, company policies, aircraft particular to their airline, and other safety and first aid issues is mandatory, as this information is subsequently taught to the flight attendants.
A flight attendant may also eventually move into other related areas of the company, such as catering supervisor, risk management, marketing or human resources. Most airlines provide tuition reimbursement, so a flight attendant can finish school while employed there, study another area, such as finance or systems analyst, and move into that area after graduation.
A flight attendant may even want to move to a position as an administrative assistant working for a company official. These ground positions can be especially appealing to flight attendants who have started families and no longer desire the rigors of daily out-of-town travel. This offers one the benefit of the “normal” routine of working during the day and being at home every night.
These are just a few of the possibilities you can consider when working for an airline. Depending on the airline for which you are employed, there may be other options as well. But whether you work as a flight attendant for many years or eventually go into another area, it is reassuring to know that your range of possibilities is extremely diverse, and the prospects are bright for career advancementRead More