Young professionals, what do you want to be able to say about your life in ten years?
While spending most of your college years dreaming of what your degree will land you (perhaps a job), you might be in the market to try new things, travel the world, and find a way to pay off thousands of dollars in debt you’ve accumulated. For some, becoming a flight attendant makes this possible.
Ohio resident Amy* became a flight attendant right after graduating college with a Psychology degree. She knew she would have to get her master’s degree eventually, but after four years of school, she was feeling burnt out. She wanted to see the world and she decided to apply to be a flight attendant.
When she was getting started, Amy admitted to unexpected struggles:
“I really felt like the 6-week training was harder than college. You had to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the aircraft, how to deliver a baby on the plane, how to do first-aid. You’re a bartender, a doctor, a nurse, a problem solver. We had to learn some mechanics of the aircraft, and do things you wouldn’t think about. You had to be able to swim and tread water with a 200-pound person, because you could find yourself in that situation in an emergency.”
Despite the difficulties, her career ended up saving her lots of money (hello, college debt!). Amy’s flights had her in a different part of the country or even the world, but housing and food was always paid for because she was still “on the job.” This made the cost of living at home much cheaper since she only needed to pay for food two days out of the week. (Not to mention, being a flight attendant gets you first-class plane tickets when you fly on your own time.)
My friend Rachel* is currently a flight attendant, and she can attest to the perks as well. “Since I make my own schedule and it is totally flexible and gives me so much freedom, I can do whatever my heart desires — from traveling to starting my own business,” she told me.
As a young professional herself, Rachel is at a point in her life where she wouldn’t want to commit her entire career to sitting at a desk. She finds excitement in being able to “hop on a plane and go anywhere in the world.” She has also developed thick skin as she comes in contact with every kind of person in this field of work.
Rachel mentioned she finds it difficult to date sometimes, and “it can be lonely traveling all the time,” but what better time to see the world than when nothing is holding you back?
Becoming a flight attendant right out of college helped Amy appreciate where she knew she wanted her career to go, and showed Rachel a (literal) world of possibilities. Not everyone knows exactly where they want to end up after college. For those who like to help others and learn life skills across the globe, there are opportunities outside of a nine-to-five job.
Helping others reach their destination could help you realize where you want to go.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.
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