So you’ve started the new school year, but you know already the only career for you is as Cabin Crew! How can you go about making your Cabin Crew dream a reality?
You might not be able to apply until you’re 18 (or 21 for some airlines). But there are things you can do in the meantime to help really improve your changes of getting through the application and recruitment process!
Experiences and Awards
Have you thought about completing an award like the well known Duke of Edinburgh award? If you’re aged between 16 and 24 and want to have some fantastic experiences, build your skills and have a recognised award that looks great on CVs and applications then this is a great one to go for!
There are four sections to complete in the DofE award at Bronze and Silver levels, and five at Gold (which includes a residential activity). All activities involve community work, work that benefits the environment, working on your health and fitness, completing an expedition which you’ll plan and train for yourself, and more!
You can build on essential skills and attributes for work and life like as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and determination – all great for a Cabin Crew role!
Volunteer and Part-Time work
Anything that gets you working with the public is great! This could involve charity or paid work, volunteering for an organisation like St John’s Ambulance or The Red Cross, or helping out with your community Covid effort.
All of this experience can be used as evidence on your Cabin Crew application of how you could be a great for for the role – it’s just a case of picking out the skills you’ve gained to make it relevant!
Working on your Fitness
Although there’s no fitness test, you’ll be on your feet for long shifts so fitness is an important consideration! It’s never too early to get started with building on your personal fitness levels.
You’ll need to be able to swim – this is because crew may be expected to assist in water rescues as part of their duties. If you can’t swim, or aren’t confident, this is the perfect time to do something about it!
Swimming is also great for your fitness, and the more you practice, the more confident you’ll become. Many councils and local authorities offer great discounted rates for young people and students at community pools.
Concentrate on your English and Maths Qualifications.
While ‘paper qualifications’ aren’t absolutely essential for a cabin crew role, a pass in these subjects at GCSE or above will help your application.
You’ll need a certain level of competency in English and Maths to pass the Ability Tests. Some airlines will allow you to do a equivalency test, but if you have the opportunity to study for a pass in these subjects now, we’d recommend you do so to make things easier for you in the future!