In this video we’re going to take personal inventory, and ask us ourselves 7 very important decisions that can change the course of you life as a Flight attendant!
Let’s delve into this psyche! First – it’s very important here – where do you want to live? Where you want to live might not be hanging with where the airline wants you to live. There are bases that all the airlines start all their flights out. So you start at point A, then you go to point B, point C, point D, and then you end up back at A again.
That’s how all your flight schedules – well most of your flight schedules – are gonna be like. So the airline, it wants you to live near point A. Within two hours of getting there, as a matter of fact. Now this is going to be major, because you’re talking about where you’re gonna live for your the duration of your career, right? So that’s where you need to decide – ‘Where is it that I want to live?’
Do I want to live in the deep country?
Do I want to live in the bright light city?
If so, which city?
Do I want the suburbs?
Do you wanted to be near family?
Do you want to move to a whole new place, and start a whole new life?
Okay, number two! How will you deal with living away from home? I would like to live in state of Colorado, and actually that’s pretty pretty doable with with several airlines! So that helps me narrow down some things. But what if you want to live in Myrtle Beach? What if you want to
live in West Texas? What if you want to live in North Dakota? (Good luck finding an airline base out there!)
So your next decision is how will you deal with that? Most people will tell you – ‘Well I’ll commute!’ Just remember that is that’s something
that you have to decide. That you are going to commit to. If you want to
live in Los Angeles, but the airline that you work for wants you to be based in New York, that’s a heck of a commute!
Okay so number three, how you cope with no income or very little income for the first two months of your training, of your of your starting your
career? Some airlines pay for training, most airlines don’t. Even the ones that do pay for training, usually you have to wait until you successfully graduate and get through your initial operating
experience, and get hired to get that money. So you’re not going to have any income for X number of weeks or months – depending on the airlines.
In addition to that, the fact is a starting flight attendant doesn’t make very much money at all. After that first two months, even when the income starts coming in it’s not going to be that much. So you need to research how much you think you’re going to make at the chosen airline that you go to, and get get a plan of action together.
As you gain seniority you will have a decent income. It is absolutely doable. Not only that but you actually could make really good money!
But not at first…
How will your family and friends cope? How will your boyfriend or your girlfriend deal with you being gone for days on end? How are your spouse or your partner – it is a little bit more intense there, I mean you
live with these people (most of the time) – and they come to depend on you on a daily basis. What about your parents? Maybe they’re clingy, or maybe they’re older, and you still kind of help take care of them, or maybe you’re just really really bonded with them?
How about your children? Now, children are the scary ones, if you’ve got little bitty ones, are even up to teenagers, even grown children – how are they going to deal with their parent being gone for time?
You need to say to yourself: This is the plan of action that I can put together, to help my family and friends cope with my absence.
How will YOU cope? There is some serious isolation that you’re going
to have to deal with. On your overnight layovers, it’s just gonna be you
in that hotel room. When you’re on flights deadheading or commuting back and forth, that’s just you alone in that airline seat just talking to yourself. When you get a chance to see an exciting new city for a few hours, you’re not gonna be able to share. Maybe you can share it with
your fellow flight attendants or cabin crew – but it’s going to be pretty much your own personal experience. Look deep inside yourself, are
you gonna be able to handle that kind of isolation for that amount of time?
Conversely, there’s also an intense human experience – which sounds weird because I just talked about isolation – but you’re gonna be in this metal tube with a lot of people for several hours and some of them are going to have intense emotional situations. Your fellow co-workers might be going through a bad breakup and you’re the shoulder they’re gonna cry on for a couple hours or maybe vice versa, you’re gonna be telling them about your problems! It’s very strange, but you’re going to be intensely involved with these people learning things that you never thought you would
learn and sharing things you never thought you would share and then you
might not ever see them again! That’s a whole other level of human
Is your health up to the challenge of uncertain sleep and eating schedules? You may feel healthy but just remember you have to run across
that airport (and if you’re a lady possibly in heels). You’re gonna have to deal with “Okay so I just took 14 hours on three legs, and airline
is so generous to give me a ten hour layover, but it takes me an hour to get off the plane and get my stuff together, and then another hour on the shuttle and get checked into my room, collapse a few hours, and then I got to get back up and eat granola bar in my bag (no time for breakfast!), because I got to make that Airport shuttle back to the airport to check in an hour before my next flight!!
You’re not gonna have a kitchen where you can cook yourself some fresh meals. There’s a lot of great videos out there and I do encourage you to look for them, there’s a lot of tips about how to eat healthy as a flight attendant but the fact of the matter is there’s quite a bit of time where you’re gonna either be skipping meals, having junk for meals, having airport food for meals, and overindulging in meals.
There’s such a pendulum swing between lots of rest – no rest, low energy – high energy, lots of fuel for the system – not so much fuel for the
system. You’re gonna have to say to yourself once and for all do I think my health can cope with that type of situations?
Finally number seven:
What airline are you gonna work for? And this is probably one of the biggest, it’s going to determine so much in your life.
Do I want to work mainline, where I can do really long flights or possibly international?
Do I want to work regional where I’m going to take a lot of short
flights but it might be easier to be home every night?
Do I want to see the world or do I want to be a homebody?
Do I want a culture of partying and youth, or do I want a culture of elegance and sophistication?
Do I want I not care and just want to work?
The airlines are so different I mean you got you’ve got your McDonald’s all the way through your French restaurant at thirty dollars a plate.
It’s very important that you research your Airlines. You could get in with an airline hate it absolutely hate it and quit, never realizing that you if you had just had the right airline you could have made an excellent flight attendant career. Or could just suck it up and and never really find your full potential as a flight attendant.
The good news is I can help you here. I am starting a whole series, I will be doing an in-depth video on every single airline in the United States, every regional, and mainline airline.
I’m gonna be starting with American Airlines so you’ll be seeing that in the next few days.