Hang Up the Wings: Job Options after Cabin Crew


Cabin crew’s career is adventurous, fascinating, and fulfilling. That’s definitely true! The first time you step into your career journey as a cabin crew, you might think that your love for traveling and flying is simply the reason why you join the airline industry. After all, who doesn’t want to get paid while traveling for free to new places around the world? But as it is said, nothing lasts forever. Challenges and changes are bound to happen, so we have to be able to adapt to it and move forward. 

In light of the current Covid-19 situation, for example, the aviation sector is suffering a meltdown due to border closure and travel restrictions. As international travel came to a near complete standstill, job losses and furloughs are looming. Being faced with such a dramatic crisis might leave you wondering, what comes next after we hang up the wings?

You may not have thought of it before, but cabin crew possess many transferable skills that are sought after in other fields! Exceptional customer service, problem solving, multitasking, and the ability to adapt to new situations quickly are a few of the competencies that you have honed during your time as a cabin crew. Now, there are so many job options you can go into after exiting the door and you can always choose the best one that suits your interests and liking. 

In this article, we are going to discuss 7 job opportunities where your career can go after working as a cabin crew.  Here we go!

  • Corporate Personal Assistant

Key skills: communication and organizational skills, multitask, discretion, adaptability.

As a cabin crew, you may be used to working shifts and working long hours. If you want to change things up, then going corporate can be a great option because it offers a stable job with a fixed schedule. Personal assistants usually work for managers and executives and are responsible for undertaking a variety of administrative tasks. 

  • Brand Manager

Key skills: teamwork, project management and analytical skills, creativity.

Being a cabin crew makes you the right fit for a job in the retail industry because you have developed an ability to respond to customers’ wishes. As a brand manager, you will be responsible to carry out market research in order to keep up to date with customer trends, as well as to predict future trends.

  • Social Media Influencer

Key skills: communication, creativity, authenticity.

Working in the airline means you get to visit a lot of places. Many don’t believe this but social media can be a great platform to restart your career. If you have great story-telling skills, you can become influencers. You can snap aesthetic pictures, take videos, and write blogs to share your traveling journey with followers and earn money from it. When you manage to form a partnership, you will be responsible for developing and executing influencer campaigns to reach the desired target audience.

  • Travel agent

Key skills: interpersonal skills, negotiation, sales skills.

If you love traveling a bit too much and still want to work within the travel industry, you can aim to become a travel agent, travel consultant, or travel guide. You already know so much about airlines, tourist destinations, hotels and cultures, all these first-hand experiences could be advantageous in the travel sector and hotel business. Any travel agency would be happy to have such an experienced tourism manager like you. 

  • Front Desk Officer

Key skills: problem-solving, communication, fluency in foreign languages.

Being a cabin crew makes you the right fit for a job in the hospitality industry. Having excellent ability in presenting themselves, they will shine in careers related to customer service. Your acquired hospitality and flexibility are something that any front desk officer or high-profile receptionist should have. 

  • Public Relations

Key skills: communication, problem-solving, time management.

Good cabin crew staff naturally makes for good Public relations professionals. As an airline crew, you are required to be friendly, adaptable, well-presented, articulate, and clever when dealing with passengers. You have to deal with high-pressure situations while keeping a smile on your face. The careers are very much aligned.

  • Entrepreneur

Key skills: business management, strategic thinking and planning, financial skills. 

It takes a lot of courage to leave your home country and become a cabin crew. Similarly, starting a new business or venture takes a lot of courage too. If you have always been passionate about becoming your own boss, it is time to go for it and make your ideas happen.

Besides the aforementioned roles, there are a myriad of opportunities that you can explore when you decide to hang up the wings. But if you don't have an idea what kind of career is right for you, this list might inspire you. 

If you want to find more exciting job opportunities, sign up to Jobs for Cabin Crew today and our recruiter will be happy to guide you!