This blog post is addressed to all the cabin crew wannabes, to those I am sometimes talking to already, to those who asked me questions and haven’t given them an answer yet or to the curios ones who want to know a little more about my job/your future job.
I’ve wrote down everything you guys asked me and I’ll answer 15 questions here in this article today.
Let’s get started!
1. How many languages do I need to speak to become a cabin crew?
English is the only language required to become a cabin crew. Of course, the more you know, the better it is for you (personally) and I admire you for that. If you speak more languages and you declare them when you join, those will stay on your file and they will use you as language speaker on certain flights.
2. I have a scar on my nose. Can I be a cabin crew?
It depends how big or how visible the scar is, if you can cover it with make up, probably you’ll be fine.
3. Can I go for the interview after high school graduation or is it mandatory to get a bachelor’s degree?
It is not mandatory to have a bachelor’s degree, but it is mandatory to be minimum 21 years old. If you want my personal advice, do your studies first and apply afterwards.
4. Do you have medical/dental insurance? How does it work?
Yes, we do have both. We have our own clinic and we can also be referred to some other clinics in Dubai for medical purposes. As per the dental we have an annual allowance subject to approval.
5. Will I be selected if I wear glasses?
Yes, that’s not an impediment. There are some rules in regards to Image&Uniform standards in terms of which glasses you can wear while at work, but that’s pretty much all about it.
6. How can you be promoted from economy class to business class?
I would say as a general rule, that you must complete a certain period of time working in Economy Cabin and keep a clean record. Avoid calling sick, unless of course you’re obviously ill, don’t get an absence and being a good crew at work and receiving compliments can also give you a boost. But mostly it also depends on how often and how many crew they need to join Business Class.
Don’t worry about that, just enjoy the process.
7. Can you have a holiday anytime you wish?
We have 30 days of leave balance per year and we can choose our holidays throughout the year by applying in advance. Of course, if it’s a very popular holiday, like Christmas for example, the chances to have leave assigned might drop a bit. Although, in 7 years I had holiday or days off over Christmas almost every year, so it’s possible as well.
8. What are your top three favorite layovers? (Layovers, not flights and not destinations)
This is a difficult question. Let’s say Bangkok, Brussels and Los Angeles. The reasons are quite obvious for those who know me, haha. Massage, vintage shopping + good coffee and LA vibes -beach, sun, friends, feels like a holiday.
9. Do you require a valid passport when you go for the interview?
You don’t, if you pass the interview you can apply for your passport straight after, as it will take a bit until they book your flight and all, you can actually plan everything and tell them also if you’re ready to start when they call you.
10. What do you think will happen in the near future in regards to your job of being a cabin crew?
I believe that the demand won’t be the same anymore, that’s something quite obvious and it has been announced already all over the world. But the industry will make its way back slowly. People still want and love to travel.
11. Do you have free accommodation? Or what do you have to pay for?
We do. The company will provide you accommodation, free of charge, fully furnished, your own bedroom and bathroom; you might have one or two flatmates. The only thing you need to pay is your internet bill. Also, if you’re entitled to move out of accommodation and wish to rent your own place, the company will provide a fixed allowance depending on your grade.
12. Are there any chances that traveling by air will get back to normal this year?
Most probably not throughout this year, as the new normal will look differently, but we will fly again and we will take small steps in making traveling around the world an enjoyable and safe experience.
13. Is this a job for girls only?
Not at all, we have so many male colleagues, if you feel like this is what you’d love to be doing, don’t hesitate to apply for the job.
14. Do you have to get the highest grades in training college in order to pass the exams?
No, you don’t need to be the best and you don’t need to have the highest grades, you just need to pass every exam as it’s required. Don’t worry about that, thousands of people made it, you will too.
15. Do you still have to wait 6 months in order to go for another interview in case you failed the first one?
Yes, I believe so. I know waiting is hard, specially when you have a high desire, but look at it as a time to improve yourself and be better at your next interview. Maybe your luck will also be better next time!
I hope you will find these questions useful and it will bring some light in your life in case you were wondering about any of the above. If there is more that you want to know, I will try to cover it in another post anytime soon.
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