Thailand is currently experiencing a spurt of young people aspiring to become flight attendants, perceiving the field as a lucrative way to achieve financial independence and a comfortable lifestyle.
Chompoo, 24, is among the many whose aspiration is to become a flight attendant.
The Thai woman, intending to work for an airline, took English and Mandarin classes at her university to give her an edge over competing applicants.
However, a year after her graduation, her dream is yet to be realized. She had earlier failed an interview in February. With the airline industry’s current situation under the pandemic, her dream will likely take a back seat.
Nevertheless, she hasn’t lost her enthusiasm and instead became much more resolute towards achieving her dream.
Chompoo has been taking classes to improve her Mandarin communication skills.
She has also enrolled in a flight attendant workshop, seizing the downtime as an opportunity to become a better stewardess.
The topics – grooming, interview techniques, and English skills – in the workshop are geared to help her become much more competitive in the job market.
Tanyalak Lobyam, a cabin crew worker who’s been conducting online workshops for aspiring flight attendants, said:
“I like to teach. I want to bring out the best in everybody.”
The esteemed stewardess is banking on the pandemic to change her career trajectory, seeking to instead work as a private flight attendant tutor.
50 aspiring flight stewardess had already taken classes under her wing, seeking advice from the veteran flight attendant.
Monchaya Khuptawinthu, also an esteemed stewardess instructor – with over 4,000 students trained under the tutelage – said:
“This is an intensive class. We want to simulate the actual flight attendant interview. We want to train them to be themselves as much as possible, and not to sit uncomfortably, because they never dress like this when they meet recruiters.”
Ms. Khuptawinthu stated the rationale behind the boom of prospective flight attendants:
“They can be financially independent faster. Some purchase the first house and the first car in just a year, and take their parents for a trip abroad on top of that. The starting salary for new graduates in each country is different, but airlines offer the same rate of starting salary regardless of nationality.”
The situation for the airline industry remains dire as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague the global community.
According to a flight attendant and the founder of Thaicabincrew.com, Thitipong Geenupong:
“They might think airlines will recover soon, though I don’t think that’s the case.”
Ms. Geenupong stated that interest in the occupation remains steadfast, unwavered by the pandemic situation, saying she’s “surpirsed.”
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), various airliners will remain financially fragile. Global air travel fell by 95 percent due to the pandemic.
The situation for various air travel industries may play a role, hindering the dreams of aspiring Thai flight attendants for the time being.