A degree or HND/foundation degree is not required for entry into work as a cabin crew member. Instead, most airlines require a good secondary education, with some asking for grade C or above in English and maths.
Studying a degree/HND/foundation degree in one of the following subjects may be useful, however, in showing the airline you have an interest in this area:
Being able to speak other languages may be particularly useful and this could put you at an advantage against other candidates.
A postgraduate qualification is not required.
Vocational qualifications (NVQs and BTECs) are available at different levels in various cabin crew topics. They are awarded by bodies such as:
Taster day courses, which give an indication of what cabin crew work is like, and other introduction courses for people who are new to cabin crew work are also available. For details, see Cabin Crew Courses .
While completion of these courses and qualifications will demonstrate your enthusiasm and interest in the career, it will not guarantee a job. They may give you an edge over other candidates, but most airlines do not require them to be completed in order to consider you for a vacancy.
The majority of airlines do have a certain list of requirements, however, which candidates must meet. This includes some or all of the following:
Candidates also need to show evidence of the following:
Airlines may wish to see evidence of relevant work experience rather than qualifications, as they are keen to see that candidates have the required skills. Part-time or temporary work in customer service roles will be particularly useful, as will any work that demonstrates skills in teamwork and communication.
This is a highly competitive profession and candidates compete for jobs with a wide range of people, from school leavers to those with a significant amount of relevant experience. Airlines recruit throughout the year so keep checking relevant websites regularly and make speculative applications.
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