Will a flight attendant school help you get the job? If so, which training schools are the best?
Honest answer: You don’t need any flight attendant training before you apply for the job. You’re better off spending your money elsewhere.
The vast majority of cabin crew members flying today have never enrolled at a flight attendant school.
Not a single recruiter ever asked for a flight attendant training certificate.
The single biggest hurdle of getting the job is the interview!
That said, many hopefuls are sucked into the idea that a flight attendant school will give them better chances at the interview. That’s not necessarily true.
These schools actually could do more harm than good by creating a sense false hope for their students.
However, if you’re from countries in Southern Europe like Spain or Italy, you’ll have to get a cabin crew license before you can even apply to be a cabin crew in those countries. It sounds crazy I know, especially when getting the license doesn’t even guarantee you the job.
Then again if you are from those countries and wish to work for airlines in the Middle East, you definitely don’t need any license or any cabin crew training certificate for that matter.
Why You Don’t Need A Flight Attendant School
1 It Won’t Give You An Advantage
You may receive a certificate after completing the course but that won’t give your the upper hand whatsoever on the day of your interview.
The recruiter won’t see it as an advantage. What really matters is your personality; your ability to connect with the other applicants and, more importantly, with the interviewer.
(For more on what recruiters look for, please read 6 Universal Qualities Cabin Crew Recruiters Are Looking For.)
2 The Airline Will Train You
Once you’re selected, the airline will put you through an intense training which ranges from 7 weeks to 3 months depending on the airline.
You’ll be trained how to do all your duties and responsibilities based on what they expect from their cabin crew. They’ll imprint upon you their standard operating procedures as well as their work culture.
So, all the training you may have received from an outside school could be just a waste of time – and money.
3 Expensive and Lengthy
Given that they don’t guarantee a job and that airlines will eventually give you all the service skills you need, why do these schools offer expensive and lengthy courses?
I know of a flight attendant training school in Malaysia which costs a little under USD1,000 for a course that takes 3 months. Another one in Tunisia takes close to 2 years!
That’s a risky investment of time and money with no assurance of a good return.
Spend your time and money on finding the best ways to present yourself on the day of the interview. Invest on building your confidence and improving your interpersonal skills.
You can also try our highly recommended interview ebooks. It’s a little investment compared to what you’d be spending on those schools. You’ll get all the know-how on what really matters: passing the interview.
[Featured photo supplied by Kat Kat & Jemimah of Air Asia]