"How do I become a Flight Attendant?" "What is the FA lifestyle like?" "Do y'all really jump into that big pool?!" "What's your favorite layover" ... and the list goes on. So I figured I'd write a lengthy but *hopefully* useful detailed explanation for you all so it can make more sense and hopefully answer ALL of your questions (feel free to share to anyone who may find this helpful).
DISCLAIMER: This is ALL based on MY EXPERIENCE and MY OPINION. So think of it as the wikipedia information that is NOT reliable ... but you still read anyway.
STEP ONE: Interview Process Be yourself. Be YOURSELF. BE YOURSELF. *!!SMILE!! everyone's watching! Think of scenarios in your head prior to the interview of things you have accomplished in your previous job /and or life experiences where you are the star of it all... Remember the STAR interview process. Most employers use this process now. S: Situation T: Task A: Action R: Result Have fun, it's a long day filled with activities.. be yourself, interact with others, ask questions, stand out but don't be that pushy over the top person...
STEP TWO: Training Training was a total of 8 weeks for me. (This could change as time goes on). The most important thing is to remain FOCUSED at all times. You were hired, they want you to succeed!
Theirs a million things to learn while in training and they brake it up into different sections. Trust the process and never try to get ahead... it's all set up that way for a reason. Stick by it and you'll be successful. If you feel like you're struggling to study or to keep up... find a study group and stay after hours to review (it helps SO MUCH). Make your own QUIZLET and instead of scrolling through social media use it as study time. It's as hard as you make it ... take it seriously and you'll be successful. Also, SLEEP WHEN YOU CAN. The days are long and the nights are short.
P.S. You do jump into a pool... but you do not need to know how to swim (I don't). Everyone wears lifejackets and if you mention you're not a great swimmer you have to pair up with a buddy so they can help you out. (so don't let that freak you out).
Lastly, they do not lie when they tell you you'll find friends for life through this process. Thanks to this experience I have came across such wonderful souls that have no choice but to be in my life forever!
STEP THREE: The ACTUAL job It's not a lie when they say the job is NOT as glamorous as it may seem. Especially when you have had no sleep and you have to be up for work in 2 hours...
I started flying right at the peak of summer (end of June). Which is considered to be the busiest times for traveling. Summer flying this is when your monthly schedule is jammed packed with hours and hours of work... I worked over 100 hours my first months. That might not make sense so I'll explain it:
It's obviously not a 9-5 job. In a previous post I explained the way trips are set up. 1day/2day trips etc. ADAYs (on call days, total of 6 per month)
Since I was new this summer I didn't really understand how to make my schedule work so I was all over the place and worked whatever I was given... but now, I learned how to work the system just a little bit more so I change it around to work as much as I want. (SUMMER 2018, I'm ready for ya) I can go from going to a city I didn't want to stay in to going to another place I have been dying to visit. I can do this by switching with another FA or trading what I was assigned with something that is available in the system that has not yet been assigned to someone.
Picking up extra hours means ... having unwanted weekdays off and wanting to go to the beach (or anywhere) and deciding to pick up a trip that's going to take me to Hawaii or Costa Rica (my most recent pickups). I call those WORKCATIONS. Essentially, it's like you are your own boss. You show up when scheduled and do what you're supposed to do and once the job is completed you go on with your life.
Winter flying has been so good to me. If you follow me on my social media you probably ask yourself "DOES THIS GIRL EVER GO TO WORK?!" I somehow have managed to make it look like all I do is vacation and go out ... and thats partially what my life has consisted of but I still manage to make it to work. I also try not to post as much of the "hard days" but rather of the "fun days".
Working in the airline industry has it's down sides.. many many downsides. Theirs DELAYS... weather/ mechanical. Both equally as bad.
Some days you think you're just going to have a 7 hour work day and it turns out to be a 16hour workday and all you've had all day is airplane coffee....
Some days you think you're going to be off the next day and turns out you have been scheduled to work into your off day... Some days you think you're going to Washington DC. and you're super excited to go to the museums ... and you end up in Detroit for the 2nd time that week (this actually just happened to me haha) ... it's true when they say NEVER make layover plans.
Some days you're in the coolest city in the world filled with so much things to do... and all you want to do is to hug your mom and dad and touch your pregnant sisters growing belly..
Some days it's christmas and new years... and you're stuck in an unfamiliar place with the stomach bug... and you feel like your world is ending... but then you realize ..
IT GETS BETTER
only if you allow it to get better. I always do. I wouldn't trade a bad day in my current job for one good day doing something that doesn't make me happy.
Being a FA is not a hard job... it's the baggage (literally) that comes along with the job that can make it a little difficult. But if you smile through it ... and look at the bigger picture you'll learn to love it .. just as I have.
I cannot imagine myself going back to a desk ... and patiently waiting for the weekend to approach so that I can "live my life". I live my life like it's the weekend everyday...
Whatever it is that you're doing with your life.. I just hope you're doing it with a smile on your face. If you're not... I think it's time to move on. Don't be afraid to go after what makes you feel alive.. in the end it's ALWAYS WORTH IT. P.S. I can vouch for most FAs when I say it's not about the Layover ... it's about the crew. What I mean by this is... you can go to the best city in the world but if you're stuck going with a crew who sucks ... then it takes away from the greatness. However, you can end up in a dead town and if you have the best crew you'll make the best of the hotel lobby bar.. no matter where you are.
I don't know if this post was in any way helpful... but I hope I was able to make things a bit more clear for those curious people who think they want to join the industry.
I say DO IT, join the FA family...
As always, THANK YOU Thank you for sticking by my side... continue to let me know your opinions, it's so so helpful!