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Airline jobs guide

Airline jobs guide

Finding yourself an airline job allows for a great deal of flexibility. If you’re interested in this kind of work, you’d better love working with the public and making sure that everything goes smoothly because when you’re involved with transporting thousands of people a day, you need to pay attention, work hard and remember to smile! From cabin crew jobs to pilot jobs to passenger services to sales agents, there’s something for everyone when looking into working for an airline.

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Finding yourself an airline job allows for a great deal of flexibility. If you’re interested in this kind of work, you’d better love working with the public and making sure that everything goes smoothly because when you’re involved with transporting thousands of people a day, you need to pay attention, work hard and remember to smile! From cabin crew jobs to pilot jobs to passenger services to sales agents, there’s something for everyone when looking into working for an airline.

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Getting into the industry

If working on the planes themselves appeal, you might consider cabin crew jobs or pilot jobs. The former requires some basic education, along with excellent customer service and sales skills; the latter requires a great deal of education and diligence. Both start with getting decent grades at GCSE or equivalent as English, Maths and ICT are very important in the airline industry. Cabin crew airline jobs need great people skills, a bit of experience and preferably some higher education like an apprenticeship, BTEC or NVQ. Pilots need high-level Maths and Physics skills. To move into the industry, they need to secure themselves an apprenticeship or go to university, as well as many hours of flight practice time to get those all-important licences.

If you prefer to stay on the ground and at the airport, you’ll want to look at roles like passenger services and baggage handling. Both require great customer awareness and the ability to put in some elbow grease.

Baggage handlers need to be great at physical labour because your key responsibility is getting luggage on and off of planes! Not only that, but you must be security-conscious, honest and care about getting the job done right – after all, it’s important that people can rely on their luggage turning up and, indeed, all of their luggage turning up!

Finally, you might prefer to stay on the ground but aren’t too fussed about being at the actual airport. If this is the case, and you love to work in customer-facing roles, sales airline jobs will be perfect for you! Strong persuasive techniques as well as a willingness to do what the customer needs for a sale will help here. You’ll likely work with corporate customers but you may work with the general public as well. If you’re going for the higher level roles, a degree may be helpful, but entry-level work requires your standard slew of basic GCSEs.

Career development

All areas of airline jobs come with ample opportunity for advancing your career, no matter which area you work in!

Pilots can specialise and extend the number of planes they fly, as well as move into different areas of piloting. Should they want to stay in the industry but make a change, they can consider training and teaching, or moving into senior roles. If you’re staying on the ground, cabin crew, passenger services crew, and baggage handling all come with the chance to be promoted to senior and managerial roles. Finally, good sales staff will soon work their way up to account management and executive roles – if you can keep those corporate customers happy, the airline will want to hold onto you.

So, whatever role you’re considering in your quest for an airline job, there’ll be something out there to match your skills and ambition. It’s easy to get started – just check our page of jobs or use our advanced search to find something that’s spot-on for your needs.

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