School or Flight Attendant? That is the Question!

Q. How does one afford living when they first start off as a flight attendant? I have been thinking about becoming a flight attendant recently, and it is completely opposite of the physical therapy career I have been going for. I am currently in school for biology.. but if I want to become a flight attendant, the quicker the better right? Should I continue with school even though my degree will be in biology and minor in Spanish? Or should I just start applications? I have so many questions! Thank you.

A. This is a tough question that really only you can answer, but maybe I can give you some information that will help you make that decision. A college degree is not required to become a flight attendant. I don’t have one and feel my career as a flight attendant has afforded me the best education one can get, travel. However, most airlines will prefer that you have one. If you are polished, well spoken and have solid customer service experience behind you, they will hire you regardless of whether or not you have that piece of paper. But! You’re taking a little bit of a risk by not having a back up plan. I got lucky, I’m with a great airline and my timing was right. Twenty years later I feel secure in my career, but I have also educated myself and have an online career now too. I know people that have got on with airlines only to be furloughed and it can be a bumpy path. When you do decide to start applying, do your research and pick the airline that is right for you. And, yes to answer your question, seniority is everything at the airlines!

Ok, so lets pretend you ditch school and go straight to the airlines. One of the best things about this career is the flexibility. You will most likely have some reserve years ahead of you, but once that is behind you it is easy to fit school in. I know many flight attendants who have returned to school to get their degrees, become nurses, lawyers and many many other things. I even know a flight attendant personally that has a baby, is in school full time and on reserve! That is not recommended, but she has figured out a way to make it all work! The most amazing thing about all this is that most who finish up with their schooling don’t quit flying! They do both so that should tell you something!

Now lastly, how does one afford life as a new flight attendant. It is tough, but if it’s what you really want there are ways. Some live with family or live in a crash pad. If you’re young I recommend the crash pad life, you’re gone a lot anyway and it’s cheap. It also helps to be surrounded by people in the same boat (or plane..hahaha). You could also date a lot for nice meals;-D

Good luck with your decision! If you’d like to learn more about the career read, The Flight Attendant Survival Guide! It will tell you everything you’d like to know and help you decide if this is the path for you! Also, once you have an interview don’t forget us! Come back and fill out our survey and keep following us on facebook!

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  1. Melanie says:

    Thank you so much! That helps a lot.