Introdution Many young girls aspire to become an air hostess because it's glamorous as well as a well paid job. Not only girls, but even young male aspirants are eligible to become flight stewards/cabin crew. In this profession, you not only get a good salary but you meet different people from around the world, you get to see different locations, you get chance to meet celebrities and business tycoons and also learn a lot. The job of an air hostess looks easy but it's not because she has to tolerate all sorts of people without losing her temper. Air hostesses have an average career span of 8-10 years and after that they are shifted to the ground duties.
Air hostess courses available in India In India there are basically three types of Air hostess courses available:
All these programs can be pursued after completing XIIth or graduation.
Certificate courses Aspirants after completing 12th can opt for these certificate courses. Such certificate courses are mostly offered by private institutes so the duration of such courses varies. Fast track certificate courses last for a period of 3 months. General certificate courses last for a period of 6 months to 1 year. Some of the well-known certificate Air Hostess courses are:
Diploma courses These diploma courses can be pursues after completion of 12th. There are few institutes which offer PG diploma courses for which the minimum eligibility is graduation in any stream. Diploma courses are offered by individual private institutes. Therefore the course duration may vary from one institute to another. The general course duration is 6- 12 months. Some well known Air Hostess diploma courses are:
Know the details about the eligibility about the course and few good colleges which are available in India: Diploma in Air hostess course
Degree courses Among the three courses mentioned above, the degree course is the best one. The degree course is of a duration of three years. The degree course is designed keeping the trade of Air Hostess and Aviation hospitality in mind. Some of the well known Air Hostess training Degree courses are:
Educational qualificationThe minimum educational qualification to become an air hostess is to 10+2 in any stream (Science, commerce, arts).
Age limitMost institutes only accept those who are between the ages of 17-25 years. However, some institutes also extend the age limit up to 26 years.
Other requirementsApart from the above requirements, here are few other things which are mandatory to be selected as an air hostess:
Admission Procedure Most of the reputed Air Hostess training institutes operate under the guidelines set by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). The admission is provided to candidates only through a written test and an interview. The main aim of these tests is to judge the aptitude of the candidates. A useful resource: Things to know about the Air hostess profession and institutes in Kerala.
Course content and syllabusA s already mentioned above, there are three formats in which the air hostess course can be pursued but still the basic content and syllabus almost remains the same. The basic subjects in the course are:
Responsibility of an air hostess People think that the job of an Air Hostess is only glamorous and stylish but they do not know that they have huge responsibilities on their shoulders. Below are some of the responsibilities of Air Hostesses:
Recruiters and remunerationHere are some well know recruiters: Air India, Vistara, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific.
The salary of an air hostess depends on the type of airlines a person works with. An international airline always pays a better salary than a domestic one. Also, Government airlines pay as per the government grades. Air hostesses aldo get the incentives as per the rules of the employer.
Final wordsTo become an air hostess may be easy as lots of private institutions are available today, but to get a good job after the course is difficult. Therefore it is important to opt for a good institute which may provide you with a proper understanding of the responsibilities and roles of an air hostess and thereby enable you to get good job opportunities.