What are the advantages of working as cabin crew?

What are the advantages of working as cabin crew?

Working as cabin crew is something that many people desire to do. The reason is that it is a prestigious job and there are many advantages to this occupation. Here are a few of the benefits you get as cabin crew. 


1. You travel around the world and are paid for it

If you’re someone who loves travelling, there’s absolutely no doubt that this job is for you. You get to travel regularly and see the world. The better part is that the flight is free! And the best part? You are getting paid for each trip. You’ll be having a layover at each country, state, or location that you travel to, and the time frame varies from 24 hours to 72 hours. 

If it’s within your region, then the layover is usually short, but you will still have time for sightseeing, going to the beach, exploring restaurants and food, etc. I should add that there’s a meal allowance to cover some of these expenses.

 

2. You get to meet new people

Cabin crew get to meet a lot of people in their line of duty, which makes it a very interesting occupation. You get to meet athletes, celebrities, politicians, business moguls, etc. travelling on your flight. It is also possible that you can make friends with some of these people and build strong relationships with them. 

If you are a social person, you’re likely to gather new experiences everywhere you go and with everyone you meet. As you travel, you’re also likely to meet locals in those countries and cities that you will relate with and build relationships with. 

People normally don’t have to go too far from their homes to their work. However, the reverse is the case for you as cabin crew. You travel far and wide around the earth and meet people that you would not have met ordinarily.

Pretty interesting, isn’t it? 

 

3. Job flexibility

In many other jobs, people have to work every day of the week (excluding weekends) from 9-5. This allows for little to no flexibility for workers. However, there is much more flexibility for cabin crew.

They can PTO, drop, swap, trade, and work within a schedule that they decide on depending on their level of seniority. Different airlines permit different numbers of swaps within a particular period. 

There are cabin crew that decide on stacking their work trips to create some days off for themselves. So, cabin crew may work full time over some time and then have up to two weeks break from travelling. 

 

4. You improve your social skills

It’s impossible to work as a flight attendant and not have good social skills. It’s one of the major training they receive because they are tasked with handling and relating with people mid-air. This is one work in which you are bound to learn on the job. 

Since you have to meet with and relate to more than 100 people on each trip, they have to learn to talk to people. There are times when they have to handle difficult situations and even resolve conflicts between passengers.

So they must be able to listen and communicate effectively while being assertive, polite, and pleasant at the same time. They also learn to interact with people of different age groups, backgrounds, and cultures. 

 

5. Pension

Working as a flight attendant for an airline in the UK, such as Virgin Atlantic, means that you get a Defined Contribution pension based on a contract. This is created within their Group Personal Pension Plan. What it means is that you have a pension plan for yourself within the group. It is a savings plan for your retirement and is created based on salary sacrifice. This makes it flexible and efficient enough to give you a stable future income. 

You can pay into this plan based on the contribution level that you choose for your pensionable salary. Virgin Atlantic also adds to this plan, and you also get tax relief benefits.

 

Conclusion

There are many perks and benefits to, working as cabin crew and some of these have been mentioned in this article. If you are interested in working as cabin crew, you should pursue this interest and make a career for yourself out of it. 

 

Author Thomas Jackson is a professional writer in essay writing service and a member of several writing clubs in New York. 

 

Search the latest Cabin Crew jobs

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

B1 licensed engineers are specialist aircraft mechanics hired to plan, organise and carry out aircraft maintenance checks. These must be in line with an airline’s maintenance schedule, and when particular problems have been identified. Category B1 licensed engineers...

How to become a B2 Licensed Engineer

How to become a B2 Licensed Engineer

A B2 licensed engineer focuses on managing the necessary maintenance and repair checks concerned with the electrical systems and equipment on an aircraft. Under Part-66, the common European legal framework for certifying licensed aircraft engineers, there are three...

From pilot to vaccinator after covid halts aviation industry

From pilot to vaccinator after covid halts aviation industry

We spoke to Edgar Harvey Woodhead, a commercial pilot turned NHS vaccinator from West Yorkshire whose aviation career has been halted as a result of the Covid pandemic. Edgar has since switched uniforms to crucially assist the NHS on the vaccination frontline and as a result, received a courage and compassion badge.

Edgar attended Ilkley Grammar school before proceeding to Buckinghamshire New University for a BSc (Hons) in Air Transport Management, alongside pilot training. We find out more about his incredible story of resilience. 

 

Tell us about your aviation career so far? 

My aviation career really started many years ago when I went for a trial lesson at (then) Multiflight – Leeds Bradford Airport. From there I continued with more trial flights. I often went up to LBA to watch the aircraft when I was younger as well.

I decided that I would combine my pilot studies with an aviation-related degree, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, my general passion for aviation as a whole, beyond piloting with a variety of aspects such as Economics, Finance and Operations. 

 

What steps have you taken to become a qualified pilot? 

I completed my PPL at Booker Aviation in High Wycombe. My ATPLs were completed at L3 Harris Airline Academy. I then completed my MEP/CPL/MEIR at Diamond Flight Academy, Sweden, before finalising my training on a mentored APS-MCC at VA Cambridge and A-UPRT with partner British Aerobatic Academy.

I have also flown recreationally in the UK (of course!), Spain and Portugal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my professional training, and the variety I have experienced. I truly believe that this enables me to gain more experience, knowledge, understanding, and hopefully, this translates to how I operate on a flight deck. 

 

What has been a highlight of your aviation career? 

There have been many highlights of my aviation career. I have been lucky to have already flown in multiple countries, so I would say cruising from Sweden to Germany in a DA42 through busy Bremen Radar airspace or flying into Ciudad Real, Spain (storage airport) during COVID and being treated like a VIP!

On that experience, it really was quite a surreal experience to park my C150 next to a Virgin Atlantic A330, and then to be given a tour of the deserted terminal and apron/taxiways of all the parked aircraft. The first solo is always a big moment, for me especially as I had inbound Heathrow traffic holding in the Bovingdon stack just a few thousand feet above me in their own ‘circuit’.

Also, simply finishing training and obtaining the fATPL after the APS-MCC, is really a culmination of all skills learnt before and thus a memorable moment, especially given this completion was in the COVID Pandemic.

The challenge covid has had on your career? 

The main challenge would be COVID has temporarily stopped my expected career path in its tracks. At the beginning of 2020, I vividly remember picking up a pilot friend from Heathrow Airport, to head back to university to complete our degree.

We were discussing our job prospects as we completely expected to finish our training that year and be well into our job opportunities towards the tail end of 2020.

However, the lockdowns and various restrictions inevitably led to delays not only due to the restrictions but also delays stemming from making decisions on how best to proceed with training. 

Should I take a different route – consider dropping commercials for now and follow a FI route for a time? There were lots of questions and big decisions to make. This led to the actuality that by the end of 2020 I was only just finishing my training, with all those job prospects from the start of the year disappearing, in the immediacy at least.

“I can’t say that I have ever given up sight of my end dream..”

I can’t say that I have ever given up sight of my end dream though, and have recently come to realise that at the end of the day, I am still young, I have my life ahead of me, and that my time will soon come and this will pay off, even if it is 1 year + later than expected.

 

What affect has changing uniforms had on you? 

It has opened my eyes to a completely different career or line of work that I never thought I would be involved in. However, I think this is important as it allows new perspectives and outlooks, and also has taught me new skills.

I think I have greatly enhanced my communication, teamwork, and customer service skills, really being able to fine-tune these in a sympathetic way, which I believe will serve me well with colleagues in the cockpit, but also passengers.

It has also made me want my pilot uniform back even more! Additionally, it has made me understand that there are similarities between aviation and healthcare.

I was already aware that healthcare now seeks to take experiences from aviation particularly relating to SOP’s, human factors, and crew cooperation, and develop their practices, so it’s great to be able to have my eyes opened to this first-hand.

 

Why did you decide to join the NHS as a vaccinator? 

After obtaining my frozen ATPL and with the prospect of jobs looking decidedly bleak, I decided that I needed to do something productive in the meantime. I enjoy going out and meeting people, and to be honest this was restricted in the lockdown and the vaccinator job is certainly one way of fulfilling this!

I also felt compelled that by vaccinating the population, I am not only carrying out an altruistic task, but I am also contributing to a return to normal life for our country. Therefore, a return to travel, an increase in demand for travel, and the growth of aviation, with job roles opening up again. This has been the main driving force behind my decision.

Alongside this I am of course keeping my aviation knowledge up to date, and preparing myself personally for the potential airline jobs, whether that be from technical standpoints, or personal characteristics, so it really is about trying to achieve a blend of both simultaneously.

 

Your hopes for the future of aviation and your career?

My hopes for the future of aviation are that we will see a stronger return towards normality this summer, despite restrictions and rules remaining in place.

I say this because, within Europe at least, the relaxation of traveling rules within the EU for example, and the UK traffic light system will be able to kickstart and release some of that pent-up demand.

Hopefully, this will be the first step in a further return to normality.

“…the aviation community we really do rally around and stick with one another and support and help others..”

From my own career perspective, I hope that this will enable airlines to open up recruitment channels. I am constantly on the lookout for any flying jobs – I would just like any job that gets me in the air right now!

 

Advice for others transferring skills to another profession?

I do think that you have to take a measured approach. Another profession has its way of doing things and its unique modus operandi, so I think sometimes it is best to take stock of this, and then apply your skills learned from your previous profession.

Many people I know are in a similar position to me, with some deciding to delay the completion of their training, some deciding to temporarily pursue non-aviation careers, or some continuing with educational studies such as master’s degrees.

However, one thing I can say is that in the aviation community we really do rally around and stick with one another and support and help others regardless of their situation!

 

Image sources: Edgar Woodhead 

 

How to become a Commercial Drone Pilot

How to become a Commercial Drone Pilot

All airspace in the UK is controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The use of drones is regulated by the CAA and enforced by the police. To fly a drone commercially, you will need to seek permission from the CAA. This permission is known as a ‘Permission for...

How to get a private pilot licence

How to get a private pilot licence

To acquire a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in the UK, you must be over the age of 17, hold a Part MED Class 2 Medical Certificate, and completed a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO). A PPL will allow you to...

9 Perks of working as an airline pilot

9 Perks of working as an airline pilot

Pilots are regarded as nothing short of superheroes, not only do they manoeuvre immense apparatus that connects us to the rest of the world, but they also keep us safe in the process.

They’re hugely respected and let’s be honest, their uniforms are very cool. If you’re curious about what other perks pilots get, keep reading!

 

The pay

Let’s not beat around the bush, when picking a career or applying for a job, the pay is definitely a deciding factor. It is no secret that pilots get paid very generously, and the more time and experience you gain in the industry, the better the pay gets. Experienced pilots often generate six-figure incomes, with great responsibility comes great reward!

 

The travel

If you’ve got itchy feet and yearn to discover the world, being a pilot is probably the best and most affordable way to do it. Not only do pilots get to fly to every corner of the world, but oftentimes they receive a few days break to discover whichever location they’re in, before flying the next plane back. The airline usually covers expenses such as accommodation and return flights should they need them.

 

Travel passes for family and friends

Whilst every airline has a different policy, it is common for family and friends of pilots to be able to travel for free with employee issues travel passes. This means pilots can take their families or friends on a big holiday for a fraction of the price it would cost the average person. If you don’t want to become a pilot, consider marrying one!

Also, even after pilots have retired, they usually have free travel for themselves and their near and dear for their entire lifetimes. This means that if after a life working as a pilot you still haven’t seen enough of the world, you can keep on traveling without breaking the bank!

 

Great employment packages and retirement plans

Once again, every airline has a different policy, however, for most pilots the benefits package that comes with their employment is unmatched. Being well insured against accidents, sickness and bereavement are becoming more and more important, and having the peace of mind of a stable retirement plan is a huge perk. 

 

A rewarding career

Being an airline pilot and being in charge of a plane full of hundreds of people is a huge responsibility, but also a very rewarding job. Knowing that you’re getting people from A to B, where they may be reunited with family, starting a new life, discovering their world, and fulfilling their travel dreams is an honour and makes overcoming the challenges completely worth it!

 

Flexible schedule

Pilot schedules are famously flexible. Whilst it may take some time to reach the level of seniority to choose your flights and work your schedule, most pilots reach this stage relatively early on and can get up to two free weeks every month to dedicate to their passions, hobbies, families, and anything else they want!

 

In demand

Finishing your qualifications and not being able to find a job is not a problem for pilots. There’s a world shortage of qualified applicants. Not only is finding a job a lot easier, but it is also very unlikely to lose that job or get paid unfairly for it, which is commonplace in many other industries. 

 

A unique line of work

The job of a pilot is unlike any other. Many pilots get a sense of freedom and power that very few other professions can provide. Being a very well respected member of society whilst having the world as your oyster must be a fantastic feeling!

 

Children look at you in awe

Some think this sounds a bit silly, but it’s remarkable to be an inspiration to the younger generations. Children always feel excited to see the pilot board the plane and even take a peek inside the cockpit. 

Whilst every job out there has its perks, a career as an aviation pilot has a lot more pros than it does cons. If you’re interested in the possibility of becoming a pilot yourself, get in touch with your local flight school!

 

Author Estella Friesen is a content writer who dedicates her experience to her clients and the business she works with, paving the way to success together. She’s a blogger at Liverpool Writing Service, as well as writing content for Gumessays.com, she has been a marketing expert for years.

Image source: Unsplash

 

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

B1 licensed engineers are specialist aircraft mechanics hired to plan, organise and carry out aircraft maintenance checks. These must be in line with an airline’s maintenance schedule, and when particular problems have been identified. Category B1 licensed engineers...

How to become a B2 Licensed Engineer

How to become a B2 Licensed Engineer

A B2 licensed engineer focuses on managing the necessary maintenance and repair checks concerned with the electrical systems and equipment on an aircraft. Under Part-66, the common European legal framework for certifying licensed aircraft engineers, there are three...

Top places to train as cabin crew in the UK

Top places to train as cabin crew in the UK

The UK is home to some of the best colleges that offer cabin crew courses. The nation boasts of an established and vibrant aviation industry whose future is predictable. 

Because of the many airline companies that operate within the UK and beyond, many young people are interested in joining the colleges to train and get cabin crew jobs. The courses take different durations to complete, with some taking only two days and others several months. The following are some of the best places to train.

 

London Waterloo Academy 

London Waterloo Academy is a leading airline cabin crew course provider in the UK. The course takes only ten weeks to complete, with the students attending one lesson per week. The intensive course prepares students with all the important information and tools they need to succeed in job hunting. 

According to the administration, at least 98 percent of students who enroll in the academy get jobs after completing the course. Those who cannot get jobs fast get assisted and they soon get employed. Students who lack tuition money can apply for a loan to fund their courses. 

To join the college, you need to have studied the English language B2 level or above. Students who haven’t attained the B2 level can apply for Aviation English course in the same college. Classes start at 10 am and end at 5 pm. 

Payments include a £300 registration fee and £829 tuition fee payable in installments but the student has to complete payment within the training period. The college alumni are invited to share with students real job experiences and the best study tips for aviation students

 

British School of Aviation 

British School of Aviation offers several aviation courses to both local and international students. The school trains aviation engineers, pilots, drone operators, and cabin crew. Students can join the college as fresh candidates seeking to train and become cabin crew. 

The school also accepts students who want to train but are already working with an airline company. The airline company pays for their fees. The third category of students is those who have already trained and are working as cabin crew but want to advance their course. 

Admission requirements for all student categories are mandatory age of 18 years and above, be physically fit, know how to swim, be medically fit, good in customer service, be computer literate and good in basic mathematics, learn to focus, and be ready to be in uniform full time. 

The best way to build the foundation of your future life is to join a good college and study hard until you graduate. The process of joining college is not very simple because you must first apply to join several colleges and then wait to see which one you will qualify for.

During the application process, you will be required to write an essay but you can request admission essay writing help from admission essay writing help who have experienced writers for essays and research papers. Throughout your college life, you can make this site your preferred website for college assignment help. 

 

The College International 

The College International offers cabin crew and ground operations courses to students in the UK and beyond. The intensive course takes six months to complete and is offered on a full-time basis. Students who graduate can work as airline cabin crew, ground operations support team, or work in cruise ships and luxury trains. 

Students who wish to join the college must be 18 years old and above and have IELTS 5.5 qualification or its equivalent. The school accepts other qualifications and you need to find out with the school if your qualification is acceptable. The tuition fee is £6,500, excluding accommodation, airport transfer fee, and weekend meals. 

 

Heathrow Aviation Academy

Heathrow Aviation Academy helps aspiring cabin crew employees get the necessary training to help them work in the competitive airline industry. The training takes only two days and students get ready to join the job market. 

The 2-day course costs £288 and can be paid via bank transfer or PayPal. The student must include transfer charges before submitting the payment. To join the college, you must have completed at least a secondary school education and be good in the English language and mathematics. 

The minimum entry age is 18 years and you must have a clean medical and criminal record. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in tourism management, travel, customer service, and hospitality management can easily quality as cabin crew. 

 

City of Westminster College

City of Westminster College cabin crew course is offered every Thursday evening between 6 pm to 9 pm. The 17-week course covers every piece of information a student needs to know concerning the cabin crew job. Students get a level 2 certificate after completing the six units. The total cost for the course is £630. 

 

Conclusion 

Demand for cabin crew is high even as more airline companies join the competitive aviation industry. Students who desire to become cabin crews in the various airline companies around the world can get trained to qualify for hire.

The UK and specifically London have many colleges that offer cabin crew training and most students who join the colleges get jobs fast. It is important to be good in spoken and written English before you apply for admission. 

 

Author Paul Calderon works as a marketing writer for a large writing agency. He prepares marketing collaterals, marketing and branding copies for ads and business presentations. He also works part-time as a university-level essay and research paper writer.

 

 

Search the latest Cabin Crew jobs

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

B1 licensed engineers are specialist aircraft mechanics hired to plan, organise and carry out aircraft maintenance checks. These must be in line with an airline’s maintenance schedule, and when particular problems have been identified. Category B1 licensed engineers...

Building your social media profile as a pilot – 5 writing tips

Building your social media profile as a pilot – 5 writing tips

Is there a shortage of pilots? This is a debatable question right now.

In 2018, the military predicted a shortage, due to retirements and the siphoning off of pilots by commercial airlines. And commercial airlines were indeed siphoning them off. They were expanding, and the need was great.

Then the commercial airline industry was hit by COVID, and its demands for pilots were significantly reduced. This followed an employment need projection of 5.1 % annually – a projection that is no longer valid.

There are lots of pilots existing in “limbo” right now. Many have taken early retirement; others have moved on to pursue other careers, and layoffs have been common among all major carriers. But those carriers are in “limbo” too, understanding that travel bans and consumer concerns have all impacted their industry.

Even corporate pilot needs have fluctuated. More professionals are working from home and conducting business via video conferencing as opposed to taking the company plane for face-to-face meetings.

 

Is your social media profile professional? 

So, as a pilot who wants to stay in your profession, how do you get yourself “out there” and into the “eyes” of potential employers? Certainly, you can post your CV and credentials on all major job boards.

But you may not know that businesses in all industries, including the airlines, have major presences on social media. And when they are looking at potential candidates, they are in the habit of checking their social media profiles. Perhaps it is time for you to develop a more professional presence on these platforms too.

But how do you do this when you have been using social media to share jokes and conversations with your friends and family? And if you have used social media to express strong opinions on controversial subjects, a potential employer may find that offensive.

If you have a social media profile that contains potentially inappropriate posts, it may be time to make it private for just friends and family. Set up a separate professional account that you make public.

You want to build a professional brand. And you do that with activities that just might catch the attention of potential employers.

 

Here are 5 writing tips for your social media profiles:

 

1) Don’t write/post anything without having a clear goal

You want to capture the attention of those businesses that hire pilots. They may not be hiring right now, but you want your name and profile in their minds when they are ready to hire. You probably also want to stand above your competition.

 

2) Developing your LinkedIn profile and more

As a seeker of a position as a pilot, LinkedIn should be your first option. It is the largest professional social platform for both job seekers and companies in all sectors, including the airline industry. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to spruce it up. If you don’t have one, get one immediately. As you write that profile, consider this:

  • Include your top experience and the most relevant keywords for your career in your header. You can use any number of keyword search tools or check out the headers of other pilots on the platform. 
  • Write a professional summary that shows a regular progression of career growth – qualification upgrades, for example.
  • Find the right balance between sounding professional and yet not “stiff” and too formal. This should be reflected in both your summary and your posted CV. And as a side note: have a professional-looking photo.
  • Join groups related to the airline industry. Enter into discussions with relevant comments and do this often. It is the best way to get your name recognised and remembered.
  • LinkedIn provides the opportunity for professionals in specific sectors to compose blog posts. If you are a good writer and have expertise in specific areas of piloting and the industry, write and post as many articles as you can. Again, this gets your name “out there” and remembered.

 

3) Crafting your profile on Facebook

Next to LinkedIn, Facebook is a huge repository of business presence. And all major (and minor) airlines have a presence there. You should as well. The key is to have a Facebook profile that will capture the interest of potential employers in the industry.

  • On your profile page, there will be sections for your personal information in the “About” section. Here you can provide an overview of your career, your work and education, and live events. You can gear these to present a summary of your background and experience as a pilot. Be sure to fill that “About” section as completely as possible and use professional industry-specific language.
  • Write posts about current news in your industry. This will show that you are keeping up, even though you are not currently employed.
  • Re-post humorous content you find related to flying. This is an aspect of your “professional brand” that shows your “human” side. 
  • You can also post content related to the airline industry – travel destinations, for example, especially if you have piloted there. Add great photos of these places.

 

4) Instagram and Twitter

These may be less useful, but if you do have a presence on these platforms, keep your professional brand consistent with those on LinkedIn and Facebook. Instagram is primarily a visual platform, while Twitter will limit your word count. Just be certain that whatever you do post on these platforms is appropriate.

 

5) Post regularly

It is not necessary to post several times a day. But do set up at least a tentative calendar that will remind you to post on a schedule. A potential employer needs to see that you are interested enough in your career industry to actively post and write about it.

 

In the End…

If you apply for an open position as a pilot, of course, you will submit a cover letter, CV, and any other requested documents. If you have developed solid profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook, be certain to include links to those profiles. This will save the potential employer from a search.

But, more important, that employer will see that you have a professional “brand” and an abiding commitment to your career.

 

Author Jessica Fender is a copywriter and blogger with a background in marketing and sales. She enjoys sharing her experience with like-minded professionals who aim to provide customers with high-quality services. You can check her last review of TutorDoctor.

 

Search the latest pilot jobs

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

What is a B1 Licenced Engineer?

B1 licensed engineers are specialist aircraft mechanics hired to plan, organise and carry out aircraft maintenance checks. These must be in line with an airline’s maintenance schedule, and when particular problems have been identified. Category B1 licensed engineers...