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I feel like talking about the pro’s and Co’s of my job today.
First, I would like to say that this is only my own opinion, my pros and my cons. I love my job and it’s my third year of being a flight attendant, I should say my third summer to be more precise. Should I begin with pros or cons ? Well they are mixed and a pro can be a con as well … This would be « the » question on an interview. It’s even worse when you’ve never done this job before.
You should never, never say that it’s because you love to travel and want to travel. Wrong answer. You need to say that it’s because you love people, you like this environment of customers , that you want to make them comfortable, happy , that they love their trip so bad that they’ll want to come back and fly again with your airline. That is true. If you have a problem with dealing with people / customers on a daily basis forget about it. I personally love it.
Of course we all have bad days and you can have some well … let’s say this nicely « boring » passengers. I discovered that a lot of people are scared of flying. You have the ones that are terrified , I even had a 7yo girl yelling and crying through all the boarding that she wanted to get out of the plane because we were going to crash and she screamed her lungs off while we took off …
Then you have the ones that cry in silence … I even had a woman that grabbed my arm real hard after rough turbulences asking me to not lie to her and to tell her if we were in trouble … We don’t like to see passengers like that, I personally I’m very empathic and it makes me sad, I’ll do my best to try to help them calm down and I will take extra care of them and I’ve seen all my colleagues do the same. So you better like people.
Then you have a lot of passengers that are not terrified but scared, nervous. I noticed that people are really different in a plane. The nicest person in the world can turn into the worst person in the world and I’m nice by saying that . If you think about it, it’s the only place where you can’t get out or at least you think you could not get out. It’s a confined small place, you mostly don’t know how to pilot (neither do I). Well you have no other choices than to stay here and sit.
In a car, a bus, a train you always have the illusion that you can stop or jump and you’ll be on the ground . You need to know that you’ll need to be patient and take this in consideration. Take a deep breathe and smile. Smiling is part of your job. Even if you have a bad day you need to smile, you’re paid for it and passengers don’t need to pay for your personal issues. People are more willing to be nice and smile back, if you’re nice and smiling. Of course people would treat you like s*** but you need to be more clever and keep doing your job anyway.
I’ve never been confronted to this but a lot of my coworkers had people or family asking them why they bother doing such an unrewarding job and if they liked handling food trays to passengers. Well I’ll never be paid the same salary if I was still working at McDonald’s. One more time I love my job don’t get me wrong I’m not doing it only for money. It’s a tough job. Long hours, physically hard, you might lack sleep.
If you’re willing to do this job you’ll need to learn to listen to your body and take good care of it. Getting lots of sleep and trying to eat healthy. Yeah I know. I try. That’s another con of this job. Sometimes you will realize that you had 5 meals that day. Example : You’re doing a really early flight. You take your first breakfast around 3am.
Then you go to work, you’ll have a second breakfast in the plane, then you’ll have lunch, a snack and then you’ll have diner after work. The worst are the night flights. When all the passengers are asleep. You eat a lot of unhealthy things. Now I try to be really careful about that and I try to eat more fruits and drink a lot of water and tea.
I have a problem with routine and that’s why I love this job, of course it’s almost the same tasks all the time but your crew is different, your passengers are different, the hours and destinations as well. You get to meet and interact with so many people. It’s really rewarding when people thank you at the end of day.
The other day someone asked me if I wouldn’t prefer going home every night. Hell no ! I might feel that when I’ll have kids. But for now on I love staying at nice hotels and having great breakfasts and hanging out with my coworkers. I love hotel brunches. My coworkers say that I’ll get tired of it. I hope so !
What is really funny is that I always loved it. My dad is a pilot, well he was, he retired a few years ago. My parents used to tell me that when I was a little girl I always wanted to go with them to the hotels and have breakfast there. I remember that my parents let me eat the chocolates on the pillows.
So yes I kinda grew up in small or big planes. I’ve known this time when you could ask to see the cockpit and eventually stays for the landing. I remember that they were 3 and not 2 in the cockpit. I remember that the door wasn’t locked and it was even open sometimes during the flight.
Of course we didn’t always had Christmas with dad on Christmas , same for NYE, my dad wasn’t always there for my birthday and he missed our three births. But I never cared about that it was great anyway. I was really proud of my dad and we were having a lot of fun at home. I know that my dad loved us anyway. I think that when you’re away from home you’re even more happy when you come back, you know how to appreciate every little thing and makes the best of the time you’re here.
One more thing. Important thing that people tends to forget. The reason that we are here in the first place is for your security and your safety. When we ask you to turn off your phone, fasten your seatbelts and that we make sure that your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position, it’s not to bother you. It’s for your own good. 80% of our training is about it : Safety and Security on board.
Then you have the uniform, you can see it as a pro or a con. For me it’s a pro because it’s nice and I don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear for work. You need to look physically natural, neat and polished I would say. Wear make up, have your nails done and if you have long hair you need to braid them or wear them in a “perfect” bun. Those rules might be slightly different depending on the airlines and the countries so I won’t write more about it.
They’re supposed to not ask your height and weight anymore , but some airlines still do. Thank God, it’s not like it used to be a few years ago when you needed to look like a model. I would have never be able to do that job.
It’s already a long post and there is lots of other pros and cons for every person. I don’t have free tickets, I don’t go to fancy or exotic places in the world but I love my job anyway. I wouldn’t change it. What I mean is you shouldn’t want to do this job for fancy, exotic places and free tickets. You might get them (I hope for you that you will) but the important thing is to love being in a plane dealing with passengers and the other crew members , trying to do your job the best that you can even tough it could be really tough.
I didn’t meant to write such a long post and It could have been worse. So about the cupcakes now. They are really really good. I had some Strawberry Curd left in my fridge. I bought this pistachio paste one year ago because I couldn’t find unsalted pistachios to make my own and then I forgot about it.
I don’t think that I’ll buy this brand next time because they were some green food coloring and extra sugar. I’ll buy some organic one next time or make my own as unsalted pistachios are more easy to find. I decided to bake cupcakes because it’s been awhile since I’ve baked some. They were really good. To be honest I failed twice before to be successful and this time they were perfect !!! You must try them !
Pistachio Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes about 8 regular cupcakes)
Pistachio Cupcakes :
– 1 large egg
– 64g/ 2.2 oz / 1/2 cup AP flour
– 1/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 50g / 1.7 oz / 1/4 cup granulated sugar
– 55g / 2 oz / ½ stick of butter, cubed
– 60g / 2.1 oz / 1/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk if you prefer)
– 37 g / 1.3 oz / 2 Tbsp pistachio paste
– Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
– Sift and whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside
– In a large bowl, cream butter and pistachio paste, then add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
– Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat several minutes on low speed until the mixture is smooth.
– Alternately beat in flour mixture and almond milk beginning and ending with flour mixture ; mix just until combined, be careful to not overmix it.
– Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
– Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes.
– Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting :
– 113g / 4 oz / 1 stick of butter, room temperature but still lightly cool
– 90g / 3.2 oz cream Cheese (straight out from the fridge )
– 250g / 8.8 oz / 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
– 45g / 1.6 oz / 3 Tbsp Strawberry Curd
– In a bowl, cream the butter for a few seconds then add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and creamy.
– On low speed, add the 2 cups sugar. Beat until well incorporated.
– Add Strawberry Curd.
– Keep beating until light and fluffy.
– Frost your cupcakes.
– Eat a cupcake !!
Bon Appétit !