Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I always wanted to travel.
I got a certification in hospitality thinking I needed that to become a flight attendant.
I was nervous to interview with Airline companies so I practiced with my instructor.
I wanted to work for an International Carrier but got hired with Alaska Airlines.
Training to be a Flight Attendant was not what I expected. We learn a lot about safety.
Graduating from training was a great relief. I learned a lot about the airplane.
I have made a lot of good friends and I enjoy my travel benefits.
I have been a Flight Attendant for 7 years and still enjoy it!

Career

Flight Attendant

I make sure passengers follow safety regulations on the airplane.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Travel
Helping People

Day to Day

I have to scan it an hour before my flight departure. I have to brief with my coworkers (we talk about safety related issues if any) then we check all the emergency equipment on the airplane to make sure things are up to date. Then we start boarding 45 min before flight departure. We greet passengers and assist those who need it. Then we close the door, make our safety demo, check seat belts and make sure electronics are off. Then we take off. After we reach 10,000 ft, we start our service.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Customer service is a must. You must be willing to interact with people on a daily basis. Learn to listen and have patience. Make sure you are able to lift 40 lbs or so (thats how much the windows on the aircraft weigh) in case you have to open it in an emergency. Must be able to read and understand English. Must be able to adapt to different work schedules and times. Sometimes I work all night from 11pm-9am. Other times I work a regular schedule. Must be ok with working weekends initially.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Make sure you are willing to relocate in case the airline you apply for sends all the new hires to a different hub.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"A Flight Attendant only pours drinks in the air. That's an easy job."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student