Cabin Crew Career Advice – September and October Topics

by Mihaela Moise, Crew Resource Specialist

Dennis: Hi! Could you please explain a bit more about the cabin crew job? 

Dennis, I can tell you that I had an amazing experience as a cabin crew. Actually, we have published a lot of articles and interviews with cabin crew from different airlines around the world. Go to our page http://worldclasscrew.com/crewstories/ and read all of them.

Mark D.: At the end of September I am going to fly to Tokyo. Are we going to fly over the Himalayas? Are there lots of turbulence? I am quite afraid of flying…

Well, you should not be scared at all. Flying is the safest way to travel and I am sure all crew is well trained to fly over the Himalayas.

Adina: I graduated from the Aviation High School and then the Faculty of Law. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to pay the courses for a cabin crew school, as I would have liked to. However, I do have friends flying for different airlines. I love this job, but I gave up as I don’t have the attestation. Could you please advise me regarding this issue?

If you are 100% sure that you want this job, then you should start applying for the available recruitment announcements. There are lots of European and Middle Eastern airlines offering the cabin crew school for free if you pass the interview. If you want to prepare for the recruitment days, then we will be more than happy to meet you during our workshops or one-on-one private preparation sessions. You can find more details about these here: www.worldclasscrew.com/Trainings/.

Sandu P., ground operations staff: Hi! I work in aviation, on the ground, even if I graduated from a Pilot school and flew on light aircraft. But it seems that all my experience does not help me in finding a job as a Junior First Officer. If you have any info regarding pilot recruitments, please let me know. Or could you recommend a recruitment agency? I would highly appreciate your help!

Well, I suggest you subscribe and fill in a candidate profile online, for all recruitment agencies you can find. Don’t forget to mention how many flying hours you have, on which aircraft type and the flying license type.

Marian: I am one of your readers and hope one day I will be a cabin crew for Qatar or Emirates. My only problem is that I am in a relationship with an Israeli lady and because of the political problems she will not be able to visit me. Is there any chance I can get a business visa for her instead of a tourist one?

In case you want your girlfriend to visit you, it might be very difficult for an Israeli passport holder to enter Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. However, if you get married and she takes your nationality, then you will be able to get a family visa for her. If marriage is not a solution, then you can always apply for European airlines.

Varsa M. (India): I have a doubt… For Qatar Airways, the minimum age to apply for a cabin crew is 21. I am only 19 years old. Would this be a problem if I attend an interview?

You can attend an Open Day recruitment; however, the airline will not be able to accept you unless you are almost 21 years old. This is the Immigration policy in most of the Middle East countries, so the airline is not able to obtain your working visa.

Nadja (Russia): I was accepted to work as cabin crew for an airline in the Gulf area. Can you please tell me what should I carry with me, if there are any forbidden pills, like contraceptive?

Congratulations! Before you leave, make sure alcohol, drugs, pork food products or sexual items are not in your luggage. There are no other restrictions (not even for contraceptives), however, I advise you to carry an adaptor with 3 pins and to pack decent clothes. It is very humid there, so cotton products are much better.

Simina: As a former Qatar crew, you might know better than me: I have recently attended the Final Interview and partially filled in the online form, as I don’t have a passport yet. What should I do?

This is not a problem. Just apply quickly for a 5-years validity passport and inform the recruitment team how long it will take to receive it. Don’t forget that temporary passports are not accepted.

Oana (Romania): I have done all my medical checkups and the doctor has discovered that I have a vision problem. Can I still apply for a flying job?

If it is something that cannot be corrected and affects your vision badly, then it will be difficult to get a cabin crew job. However, please give us more details and send us an e-mail to worldclasscrew@yahoo.com.

Caty (England): I was accepted to work for Qatar Airways more than 1 year ago, however, I was terminated suddenly and had to come back home, change my career and adapt to a normal life. I just can’t believe this airline’s policy! Do you think Emirates or Etihad are more open-minded?

I am sorry for you, however if it was your mistake, then make sure it would not repeat even if you work as cabin crew for another Middle Eastern airline. If you attend an interview, try not to mention your termination issue.

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