When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
- Henry Ford -
If I’d judged a book by its cover, I’d never have become a flight attendant.
People often tend to pass judgment on the career decision, job title, and financial status of others. I’m telling you – no one can define what is easy or difficult when it comes to professions. The level of convenience and difficulty in an occupation varies, and you’ll just have to find what is suitable for your skill and talent.
Here are six ways to survive as a flight attendant:
1. Follow Instructions
The aviation industry has a framework of rules and practices that should be followed accordingly. As a cabin crew member, we are given in-flight instructions to keep our colleagues and passengers safe. It is our responsibility to protect you onboard, and your safety and well-being are our top priorities. Is it important to follow policies and guidelines at work? You bet!
2. Accept & Embrace Change
Change. It will be a constant in your flight attendant life. Talk about in-flight safety, on-board experience, and your duty roster – always changing. It’s not a usual 9-to-5 job, but a unique lifestyle that you’ll learn to embrace throughout your cabin crew journey.
Do you consider yourself as a planner or a spontaneous person? In fact, combining these two qualities will help balance your ease and rhythm at work.
3. Be Emotionally Strong & Have Thick Skin
Developing emotional and mental strength plays a fundamental role for achieving your goals in health, work, and life. We can all agree that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, right? Being emotionally resilient can take you a long way. It will shield you from difficult colleagues, unruly passengers, and negative energy. Control your emotions and don’t let it distract you.
What you think about yourself matters more than what others think about you.
4. Care for Yourself
This job will challenge your health, give busy schedules, and cause sleep deprivations – so please take care of yourself, and don’t take it for granted. Eat well, stay hydrated, and sleep better. Don’t forget to take your multi-vitamins to keep your body healthy and strong.
5. Stay Organized, Productive & Punctual
Since flight attendants are always on the go, they too, have to be well-organized. You must have everything prepared before a flight; from your ironed uniform, packed luggage to a complete mindset of your duties for economy or business class (depending on your pre/assigned position).
You can stay productive by working smart, not hard. Your punctuality is also important in the workplace because it reveals integrity and shows respect for others. Maintain professionalism.
6. Give Yourself Solo Time
Everybody needs quiet time after working short or long hours in an aircraft cabin, filled with hundreds of passengers, let alone being in an enclosed space. Recharge yourself physically and rejuvenate your mind when you feel drained. Always protect your peace.