Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 254
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job in aviation
can offer you the
chance to travel
the world and
help people reach
But even if you're not a big fan of
flying, there are plenty of aviation
careers on solid ground. Here we
take a look at some of the options.
Excellent customer service is key, as
your priority is to ensure all passengers
have a comfortable, safe flight. As well
as providing refreshments and in-flight
sales, you need to be able to deal with
an emergency and administer first
aid. You will also have to demonstrate
and enforce safety procedures.
What skills do I need? Good
GCSE results may be sufficient but
it will help if you have a degree or
HND in hospitality, languages or
tourism. You also need excellent
communication skills, the ability to
work in a team, as well as keep calm
and diffuse tense situations quickly.
How can I progress? With
experience you can become a
purser or chief purser (chief flight
attendant or cabin manager), who
has management responsibilities
of first class or business cabins.
How much can I earn? The starting
salary for members of the cabin crew
is £12,000 to £14,000, but this can
be boosted by shift pay, performance
or sales bonuses, and with experience
increases to a base rate of £20,000.
Airline pilots have full control and
responsibility for the safety, efficiency
and smooth operation of their flights.
They are responsible for preparing a
detailed flight plan and have to work
out the fuel load based on the total
weight of the aircraft, the distance
to be flown and the altitude.
What skills do I need? You can
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