Those who say that flight attendants are paid low could only mean
they are in their first few years of their job or are serving regional
airlines. Although you do not get super rich being a flight attendant,
the pay is quite good. It becomes even better if you choose to work on
your vacation days giving you extra flying hours. Lucrative packages are
given by airline companies to flight attendants that include life and
health insurance, membership to credit union and the opportunity to buy
stocks from the company. A retirement plan is also very enticing. There
is a maximum age requirement for a flight attendant but once you have
reached your peak, you can be either given the chance to work as ground
crew or you can be offered a teaching job from their training schools or
you can completely give it up and enjoy retirement.
You also have the chance to meet new people and even celebrities.
You gain confidence in yourself because you deal mostly with
businessmen and influential people. Being a flight attendant is such an
exciting job so much that you may not consider it a job at all. Unlike
in other eight-hour job where boredom can be reached anytime, it does
not hold true in flight attendants. Every flight gives you a different
experience, because there are different situations that you will be
facing. The scenery and atmosphere is forever changing. You’re primary
motivation is to be able to make passengers feel comfortable and cared
for all throughout the flight. And you would know if you have achieved
this goal if the same passengers choose your airline in their future
travels. Plus the fact that you are not talking of any take home work.
Once the last passenger goes and you’re done with your flight report,
you’re good. You can spend the rest of your day off doing other stuff
(like fixing your credit, perhaps).
A pool of flight attendants becomes a family away from home. The next
thing you know, you have gained a best friend when your first flight is
over, which is unlike a lot of other female-dominated careers that can
be lonelier. It becomes easy for you to open up to your co-worker
probably because you are spending so much time together. It becomes fun
going to work knowing that you have gained a family. They help each
other, even when one is suffering from financial and family problems.
You can expect everyone to raise money for a sick or injured family.
They give each other full support, after all, they become one team with
You get to see the world for free! It’s like a training ground for
being independent and being responsible. And when you are able to help
deliver a baby while on board, or when you get to assist a medical
situation, or even help handicapped passengers, you get a great sense of
fulfillment. Your overall personality is developed in this line of
Being a flight attendant can be a fulfilling job. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. You get to earn a living while at the same time you are given the opportunity to explore the world. They enjoy a glamorous job compared to other airline employees, just imagine that you are being paid to see the rest of the world! Other than personal fulfillment, there are a lot of benefits that comes from being a flight attendant. These perks may vary from airline to airline. Not all aspiring flight attendant can end as one. It takes a lot of determination and commitment to be able to succeed in this career path. One that enjoys flying and being independent, and who can handle unique situations at all times. For others who really love being a flight attendant, it becomes a lifestyle for them and not a job anymore.
There is no discrimination in this job. There is equality between
male and female and contrary to some belief, not all male flight
attendants are gay. Each one is given equal opportunity to hone their
craft and equal opportunity to grow and succeed even if you belong to
the third sex. This means that benefits are given equally. One is the
time off from work given to you can be up to 17 days per month.
This is a great opportunity for you to have more time for yourself or
with your family to unwind and relax. Although flight attendants are
mostly on call, this is compensated with additional days off. You get
almost six months or roughly half a year off from work while being paid.
And what’s more exciting is that you can be flexible with your time.
Your days off is not limited to weekends only or holidays. You will be
asked for the dates you wish to fly for that particular month and if
there are no conflicts, you can get them right away. You can also swap
with fellow crew members if your schedule does not suit you. If you have
an earlier appointment, it won’t be hard for you to get the time off
and attend to whatever task you need to do. Although there are times
when your plans can be ruined if you will be called for work
unexpectedly, but hey, it’s your job, so you cannot complain.
Senior flight attendants have additional benefits, especially when it
comes to negotiating flight schedules. They are also given priority
against newcomers in maximizing their free flight privilege. More than
gaining flight experience to almost every part of the world, you also
gain free flights. If you want to travel not as a flight attendant but
as a tourist, you can do it for free or for a reduced rate. Most if not
all airline companies offer free travel benefits not only to flight
attendant but to their immediate families as well. A free or reduced
costs to other things associated to traveling may also be given like in
car rentals, cruises and lodging. And once you reached retirement age,
such benefits are not taken away from you.