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Career change, is it possible now?

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  Topic Started By:  avfreak    On:  Thu 28th December, 2017 at 14:59
avfreak
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#1  Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 28/12/2017 at 14:59
Hello everyone, I am currently working as a team leader/supervisor in healthcare of elderly residents, especially with dementia. I manage a small team of health care support workers.

I am 31 and wondering would my previous experience and my age be a problem? in 2008 I worked for Ryanair as cabin crew for 1 year but I left because back then I wasn´t getting enough hours and the pay wasn´t so liveable.

I am looking to find out when the airlines hire for bases like GLA/PIK/EDI?

I´m fluent in Spanish and have a lot of customer service experience. Did some translating and teaching in Spain. Though despite all, I REALLY long to return to work in aviation.

I had seen that World Duty Free and the Airport Security are looking for people but it all seems to be seasonal?? I don't know if there is a chance of being kept on permanently but I need a permanent position.


Thanks again.
Edited 28/12/2017 @ 15:01 Revision #1
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Bumblebee1976
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#2  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 28/12/2017 at 15:55
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HI my lovely
Don't you worry about your age. I'm 41 and I'm trying to get back to cabin crew now the kids have gone off to high school. I had been offered a job with Monarch before they collapsed and I'm soon to be attending an AD with Virgin so age is not something you need to worry about.

Your experience is perfect for airline as you have experience dealing with people and your languages

The difficult part will be finding a permanent contract as most airlines offer seasonal or 6 month contract but that's the risk you have to take. A lot of airlines have already been doing their recruitment haul for 2018 so just keep your eyes peeled incase they suddenly open them up again.

Good luck x
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lisiloo
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#3  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:27
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I am in the same position as you. At 31, I thought perhaps it was too late for me to make a career change but I've got as far as the AD stage. Age is nothing but a number! I think it's probably something that is on our side. At the risk of sounding 'ageist' we have more 'life experience' than someone who might be 18 years old, more years customer service experience, if you have indeed come from that field and I do believe that with age, comes wisdom. Lol.

Best of luck lovely.
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cabincrewconsultant
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#4  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 30/12/2017 at 06:32
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Give it a try! So many cabin crew start later in their 20s, 30s and even 40s as a total career change. The more experience you have - the better! Many crew find the lifestyle change very attractive and often stay in the industry for years - if they find its suits them. It's probable that Ryanair wasn't right for you but a flying career might be, so do look out for recruitment now and early 2018 as this is when the seasonal recruitment starts - however some of these positions may lead on to permanent contracts or possible extension to winter contracts. Once you are flying (even if it is a temporary contract) you can still apply for permanent positions - why not try the big airlines in the UK - you could still possibly commute from EDI/GLA...
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avfreak
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#5  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 31/12/2017 at 17:46
Thank you very much ladies. I suppose my life experiences and job roles will help as I am working in a supervisory position. I am keeping my eyes open but I wonder when Easyjet will recruit for GLA?

I saw that Norwegian are looking for crew for EDI but I am 50-60 minutes by car (non peak times).
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lisiloo
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#6  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 02/01/2018 at 08:35
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avfreak,

If I were you I'd apply for the Easy Jet position at EDI. If anything, the assessment day can provide some good practice for any position that comes up at GLA :)
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avfreak
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#8  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 02/01/2018 at 12:40
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Originally posted by lisiloo

avfreak,

If I were you I'd apply for the Easy Jet position at EDI. If anything, the assessment day can provide some good practice for any position that comes up at GLA :)

I will definitely do that thanks Lisiloo. I think I have missed the intake though? Do you think they´ll be looking this year?

According to google maps, my car journey would take 50 minutes to EDI.

Thanks again.
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LuLuJ
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#9  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 02/01/2018 at 12:50
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APPLY!!! I am 31 and have just been offered a job with VA with no previous flying/aviation experience. I currently work in Law and I am also a qualified teacher so a really varied work background!! I have always wanted to work as Cabin Crew and just decided to give it a really good go!

I believe that it is your skill set and personality which determine your success - age and specific experience aren't an issue. Go for it and lots of luck to you!!
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avfreak
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#10  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 02/01/2018 at 13:35
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Originally posted by LuLuJ

APPLY!!! I am 31 and have just been offered a job with VA with no previous flying/aviation experience. I currently work in Law and I am also a qualified teacher so a really varied work background!! I have always wanted to work as Cabin Crew and just decided to give it a really good go!

I believe that it is your skill set and personality which determine your success - age and specific experience aren't an issue. Go for it and lots of luck to you!!

Hello, thank you! That is very encouraging. We have different skill sets. I am also fluent in Spanish, I spent time teaching in Spain too. They say another language is a plus. I just hope the nerve don´t get the better of me!

My plan is to keep to bank on the NHS during the winter months if the position is seasonal until something permanent comes up.

Do you think living 50 minutes from EDI would be a problem for SBY?
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lisiloo
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#11  Re: Career change, is it possible now?  Posted 02/01/2018 at 14:00
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I am not really sure about Easy Jet to be honest hun, I haven't really looked at their recruitment as I have just applied to Virgin.
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