As the economy continues to boom and airlines are finding new ways to increase their profit margins, the ranks of airline stewards have been filling in for some passengers who had lost their jobs.
While some have gone into retail or hospitality to earn money, the majority are working as airport stewards.
They have helped people make the transition from a job to a life in the air, but the job has also offered them the opportunity to connect with passengers on a personal level.
Now that the economy is showing signs of recovery, airlines are offering more opportunities for stewardesses, many of whom work for smaller companies and small airlines.
Here are five things you should know about how to become a steward.
You must be willing to take on the challenge.
If you are not comfortable in the role, don’t even think about it.
“The people who are most likely to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll take the challenge,'” says John Daley, a stewarness for the Alaska Airlines airline.
“I’d rather say, You know, it’s a big job.
It’s a very demanding job.
So if you don’t want to do it, then just let it go.”
And, he says, “If you’re going to do this, you might as well do it right.”
If you have the opportunity, it helps to have a background in aviation and a good grasp on the airline’s culture.
A list of current and past steward candidates can be found here.
For the most part, airline stewars work independently, but some airlines have created an organization that provides support to them.
“You don’t have to have an MBA to do the job,” says Daley.
“Just having some experience with the industry is really helpful.”
Learn how to speak English.
While the job requires knowledge of English, there are also many ways to learn.
There are online and in-person classes that you can take, but be prepared to be a bit more professional than your typical airline stewman.
“If the airline has a training course that I could take, that would be great,” says Ryan Wills, a veteran steward who currently works for Southwest Airlines.
“But if they don’t, I would be hesitant to take the job.”
If your resume includes an aviation-related background, Daley recommends reading through the American Steward Association’s “Understanding the Aviation Industry” page, which can help you understand how the industry works and what it takes to be successful.
“One of the things I learned in the aviation industry is the importance of communication,” says Wills.
“When you’re talking to someone, be ready to be kind and explain what you’re trying to get across.
And if you want to make them laugh, make them feel like they’re doing something right.”
Work from home.
While there are some companies that offer employees a full-time job in an office setting, many airlines don’t offer a full office schedule.
Instead, you will work from home at your desk.
Daley says that some airlines even offer full-on travel.
“At Alaska, there’s a program called Alaska Plus, where you can stay at your own home and take your own flights,” he says.
“And if you’re an international airline and you’re flying between countries, you can do that too.”
While Daley has worked at Alaska and Southwest, he also advises people to consider working from home when they are traveling.
“It’s important to understand the importance and importance of being home and making sure you’re being a good steward,” he adds.
A few airlines have recently expanded their support program to include people with disabilities.
“We do a lot of things to make sure people with disability are able to be at their best,” says Richard McManus, a member of the Alaska Flight Stewards Committee.
“There are things like having an individualized support plan, and having a support team that has the ability to help people with those challenges.”
You can learn more about how the support program works at http://support.alaskaair.com.
You can also learn more on how to work from the comfort of your home.