What next? Life after cabin crew

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By cabincrew.com on Wednesday 8th Oct, 2014 at 11:39

Sometimes, I get asked about career development in the cabin crew role or what can I do after being cabin crew – Is it a dead end career? No, it certainly isn’t! Patricia Green gives her advice on where you career can go after working as cabin crew.

The role of cabin crew has so many facets and we do collect a lot of skills during our career – not just things like problem solving and people skills but also first aid, languages and an understanding of different cultures. We gain many skills that are transferable to many different roles back in the corporate world.

Of course, some cabin crew leave to start a family or grow tired of the job itself or sometimes, a contract ends or you get made redundant. In today’s difficult economic climate, our jobs are less stable which makes it even more important to make a wise decision regarding your future career. One of the most difficult things to deal with is that the job becomes a lifestyle and it is very hard to settle back down to the world of 9 to 5. But there are lots of options to bridge the gap between leaving cabin crew and starting a new career.

Other opportunities with airlines and airports

There are prospects within the airlines of course and you can take a side step into becoming a trainer or recruiter. Or you may want to look at an office based position or work as a base supervisor or crew scheduler/administrator. If you still want to fly but need a new environment and don’t have commitments it is worth either moving abroad for a role or trying your hand at flying on private jets in corporate aviation. Within corporate aviation, you could also move up to chief flight attendant or crew manager or work in operations or as an FBO (Fixed Based Operator). Some cabin crew decide to learn to fly and work towards their pilot’s license.

Jobs in the wider travel sector

Within travel, there are many opportunities – you could work abroad as a representative in a resort’s hotels and airport or work as ground staff at the local airport. Working in the VIP airline lounges has become an attractive option. In some countries, you can work as a train steward or retrain to be a tourist guide. If you are interested in travel and teaching, taking a TEFL qualification may be a good idea – you can teach English to students almost anywhere in the world.

Going corporate

Outside of travel and tourism, the corporate business world likes to employ ex cabin crew in high profile receptionist, personal assistant or retail roles. Some crew decide to retrain completely in and go into one of the caring professions, such as nursing or teaching and the paramedic role in increasingly popular. Joining the police force has also been an option for cabin crew looking for something with more stability.

One thing to be aware of is that many ex cabin crew miss flying so much, that they return after a few years. It is possible to return after a break and some airlines like to take on cabin crew who have some flying experience. So, whatever you decide to do once you decide to take a break from flying, know that there are still opportunities and you can use your skills and knowledge gained whilst flying.

You may also choose to study whilst you are still flying to broaden your horizons, many cabin crew do. You could be encouraged by your travels to move to another country and do something new or be cabin crew again and of course if you have language skills, this will always be an advantage in any future profession. So is being cabin crew a dead end career? No, it is just the beginning…

About the author:

Patricia Green has been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for seven years and also an SCCM. She has also worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets.

More recently Patricia moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a Cabin Crew Consultant. She advises potential crew how to get their dream job and helps experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, Patricia has written a series of E-books to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.

For more information please visit www.cabincrewconsultant.weebly.com

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