New Career – Salary Not The Only Factor

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I had recently started a new job as a flight attendant with an airline that shall remain nameless.

One thing I kept from you in that blog post is what I previously did for a living.  Before I became a flight attendant I was a health and safety principle designer in the construction industry.  I was also based in the UK, but that’s a story for another time.

I mention this because I actually took a pay decrease when I move jobs. According to Bryan & Armstrong in London a principal designer salary is much higher than that over a air steward and I wanted to talk about my motivation for changing careers.

Adventure

One of the big benefits of being an airline steward is the different places you get to visit and the people you meet along the way. I find this very exciting and part of a big adventure.

It’s not for everyone, living out of a suitcase could be tiresome for a lot of people, however, I am not one of those people. I love to travel and meet new people, which is one reason I love this new job.

Challenge

I love a new challenge and moving jobs and starting a new life in the USA was a massive challenge which me and my family were really looking forward to.

Seeing to the needs of hundreds of passengers at 25,000 feet is a massive challenge which is something I look forward to every day.

Learning to interact with people from different ethnic and social backgrounds is also a huge challenge which I’ve really met head on and I’ve had had great feedback from passengers and colleagues alike.

Responsibility

Being a flight attendant carries with it a huge responsibility. I am part of a team that is responsible for the health and safety of all the passengers on board. Of course the captain as the final say when it comes down to it but on the flight deck we’re responsible handling the passengers and keeping them safe and comfortable.

So even though this new job meant a pay cut, you can see it comes with it a wide range of benefits and a sense of pride which I didn’t get in my previous role.

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