This year, there are quite a number of airlines who will be having a cabin crew mass recruitment day or should we call an open day. Anyone interested to be a cabin crew may join and take chances. Who knows, this might just be your day. To guide all our aspiring cabin crew, we have prepared a few tips and advices on what to expect and what to prepare to help you during the open day.
A recent study by the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Survey shows that flight attendants are at greater risks of getting many types of cancers than majority of the population. Based on the research which followed more than 5,000 cabin crew, they found that their risk of getting breast cancer increased by 50% while the risks of stomach cancers are raised by as much as 74 percent!
If only flight attendants are allowed to tell you things you need to know, they would but unfortunately, they are not allowed to do that especially when on board the aircraft. They actually do quite have a list and they are happy that we are willing to say it for them.. So here are things flight attendants wish you would know about them and their jobs. These are from various Filipino flight attendants and stewards from different airlines around the world and we wish to keep their names hidden as not to get them into trouble.
By Angelica Wilk
I am a flight attendant … and boy can it cause some chaos at home!
Almost nine months ago, I made a drastic change in careers. I went from working a 9-5pm, or should I say, a 9-9pm social worker job, to becoming a cabin crew. There’s a whole story behind why I did so – but let’s stick to the facts of what’s been happening since then.
You know pare, the conyos of Manila! Like OMG, they are so kalat all around like in Bora, Tags, Batangy, and Elebeng! Just for your information, in the Philippines, the term "conyo" refers to those kids or people hailing from the A-crowd or rich families who studied in exclusive schools like Lazzahll or Arrhneo, and who speaks like the taglish! Anyway, what would happen if your flight attendant was a typical 'conyo kid' and he or she would recite the safety demo?
Say whatever you want about their jobs but no matter how much you try to degrade them or to make them think that there's more to being a flight attendant, you are actually just trying to burn bridges. One reason why cabin crew members are very much united regardless of what airline they are in is because they are very proud of themselves for being one.
We may talk all about the glitz and glamour that goes with becoming a flight attendant, but in reality, there is so much on how becoming a flight attendant can actually change your life. No not just only the lifestyle, but also your mindet and even your character. Indeed, this is why cabin crew members holds the "YOLO" or "You Only Live Once" moto, and when we mean YOLO, we don't mean getting wasted in parties. It's more of living their lives to the fullest.
The word "FEAR" actually means False Evidences Appearing Real. It is what stops us from pursuing a long time dream, usually brought about negativity from others, social media, past failures, and fears of not being able to reach standards. This is actually normal for every human being but always remember that every cabin crew you see now flying once also had their own fears. Difference is, they never allowed their fear and worries to take over.
When you become a cabin crew, you do not just work as an individual, you work as a team, a team of other cabin crew members and your flight deck crew. Hence, if you dream of being a flight attendant, you have to be a team player. Erik Portus, a Philippine Airlines cabin crew trainor says "team work is very important. Without it, everything is affected. Service delivery will be all over the place."
During airline open days or cabin crew mass recruitment events, you would see a line of applicants as long as those Black Friday Sale lines in the shopping centers. Unfortunately though, only 1% to 5% of the total number of applicants make it to become a full fledged cabin crew! Indeed, the job of a flight attendant is one of the world's most desired jobs nowadays, despite its danger and the challenges to get in.