I left engineering mid-way to become an Air Hostess: Kirti Sharma gives insights into cabin crew profession

Kirti Sharma (Air Hostess)

Insights

  1. Money and certificates may get you the job of Air Hostess. But you need to constantly work hard to keep it. You are either carved out for this job or not.
  2. I highly recommend that you fully understand this profession beyond the glamour, and then consider it.
  3. Just always remember that you are being paid to work and not to travel. Yes, you get discounted tickets and layovers in amazing cities, exotic countries and far-away continents; but use them wisely.
  4. Work-life balance is a bit difficult to maintain. You will have to wake at odd hours and sleep at odd hours. This can make social life bit difficult to manage.
  5. For someone who is fond of traveling will really love this job.
  6. Some passengers are difficult, and some others are a delight.
  7. Salaries depend on your work experience, the airline you are flying with and whether domestic or international flights you are assigned with. All I can say that Indian crew at Emirates are more than happy with their salary.
  8. With regards to savings, it all depends on the person. Some save a lot and others don’t at all.
  9. I don’t recommend attending fancy coaching institutes to get into this profession.

Profile Details

Name – Kirti Sharma

Profession – Air Hostess

Age – 29

Gender – Female

City – Delhi

Industry – Aviation

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born and raised in Delhi. I studied in an English medium school till 10th and then continued my schooling from a boarding school in Hisar.

My upbringing has been done in an upper-middle-class family of 4 members including mom, dad, me and my elder brother.

My father is an architect and my mother a homemaker. I was more influenced by my father as he always wanted me to be independent in a society, where most girls are brought up to get married. He always used to say to me that I was born to fly and that is exactly what I do now.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I was in the second year of my engineering when one of my friends told me about the air hostess application form. I searched about the pros and cons and consulted some people who were already in this field.

After all, I finally decided to go for it.

I gave the interview and went through the selection process. Finally, I was selected for the training. I completed my training and got a permanent job. Initially, I worked for an airline on domestic routes for about 2 years. Then, I was promoted to international routes to nearby countries and then finally promoted to long-haul international flights.

Which institutes are best for education\training of Air Hostess?

You must have completed minimum 10+2. These days, several airlines are preferring graduates (Bachelors) in hospitality and management.

You must have an age between 18 to 25 years. Apart from that, you must meet eligibility criteria related to physical appearance like height, skin, Body Mass Index, eyesight etc.

I don’t think you need to join some fancy coaching institutes. You should work hard on your own to meet the eligibility criteria. From my personal experience, I can say that I have met many candidates, who had undergone coaching at fancy training institutes and they ended up not getting selected.

So, I suggest stay away from these kinds of institutes. Instead, plan a proper workout and skincare routine and wisely improve your languages.

What are costs associated with education\training of Air Hostess?

As I’ve earlier stated, you just need to complete your 12th. For better chances, you can pursue graduation in hospitality and management.

A degree in hospitality and management could cost you around 1–2 lakhs per annum.

Additionally, you should join a gym or aerobics class for a proper physique, which shall cost around 25,000 per annum.

Once you get selected, depending on the airline, you have to sign a contract of 3–5 years and deposit a security deposit, which ranges between 25,000 to 1 lakh.

What are typical entry-level jobs in this profession?

Essentially, you join as an air hostess and also retire as an air hostess. What changes is airlines, routes and team responsibilities. So, you start in domestic routes and then gradually move to international routes.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career and industry?

1 to 3 years experience – INR 25,000–45,000 per month [domestic airlines/routes]

3 to 6 years experience – INR 30,000–75,000 per month

6+ years experience – INR 1–2 lakhs per month [international airlines/routes]

Air Hostess are paid really well. They also get to see the world and stay in good hotels during travel/work.

Please describe your work.

I think, working as a cabin-crew is one of the best jobs out there. Though you have lots of responsibilities and you ought to wear lots of hats, yet I find this job exciting.

You are trained to not only serve customers but also fight the fire, help with childbirth, patiently handle several kids onboard. Sometimes, you have to become a psychologist, when a passenger wants to share his/her life-story. Other times, you have to provide medical care or manage unruly passengers.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?

I am aware of several other jobs in different industries, but I can say with pride that no other job teaches you 1000 life-skills.

You grow as a person very quickly both personally and professionally.

Apart from lucrative salaries, there are multiple other benefits like subsided traveling, multiple monthly leaves, life insurance and health insurance. The salary and additional benefits increase with years of experience.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?

You might have to move to a different city, country or even different continent. At first, you might feel lonely, but you will get used to it once you make friends with the fellow crew. Domestic airlines won’t give you accommodation, but most probably won’t need it. Work times can be a bit difficult. You have to wake at odd hours and sleep at odd hours.

What kind of person would be happy in your career?

A person who is attentive, possesses customer-service skills, effective communication skills, persistence and can tolerate stress will be happy in this career. For someone who is fond of traveling will really love this job.

Give another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I would have loved to complete aeronautical engineering, but I am more than happy being an air hostess.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

There are lot more advantages than disadvantages in this profession. To proceed in this field, first, understand whether this career suits your personality. Then assess, whether you require coaching classes, or you can get selected with self-learning.

All the very best! Fly by growing your own wings. Develop your personality to crack the interview. It is 100% an excellent choice to become an air hostess.

Contributing Writer – Pawandeep Kaur