So what happens after attending a flight attendant training school? Well, I got a lot of inquiries and pms in my FB, and Instagram so I decided to share my unbiased review on ICATS and opinions about attending FA training schools in general.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own and based on my personal experience. I intend no harm to the organization/ training schools in general. I just want to provide insights to those people who are willing to invest to themselves – to be able to achieve their dream career. This blog contains everything you need to know before considering to enroll to a Flight Attendant Training School.
I was a student of ICATS (International Cabin Attendant Training School) Batch 37, last June – July 2015. I am blessed enough to be the Top 3 of my class. It was one of the best times of my life. I would say that I had a very distinctive kind of education that has shaped me the way that I am now. Whenever friends asked me: “Kamusta ICATS mo, anong meron dun?” I will always reply: Girl, iba talaga! Iba yung “feel.” Andun yung word na “PAMILYA”. We have a spirit truly unlike any other. We pride ourselves on our commitment to learning, and character building. Makikita mo talaga yung “TULUNGAN” I’ve mentioned this in my graduation speech. But what happens after ICATS? Here, I give you the untold story:
- Not all students get the job!
Definitely, you must be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Job Assistance with ICATS/ FA Schools, in general, is not Job Assurance. Know the difference!
Way back 2 years ago, I was a front desk associate at one condominium owned by Shangri La Properties. I had a decent job but I wanted more. I want more adventure! It was always been a dream for me to become a flight attendant. Then I came across with this idea that I must enroll myself to a FA school because I’m 100% sure that I will get my dream job. So I discussed this plan with my family and they’ve been very supportive. I resigned..and there behold! I saw a vision of myself at the airport, wearing the sexiest FA uniform with my hand clasped around the handlebar of the stroller bag behind me.
Well I should’ve known.
Like you, I was too excited! Surely, ICATS graduates know it all! We’re very much equipped by the knowledge imparted to us by our competent instructors but training doesn’t guarantee that airline companies will prefer us over someone who doesn’t have any background at all. That’s reality!
- Not all students are FA-material
This may hurt a lot but seriously, let’s face it! We all know the MINIMUM qualifying requirements in the Airline Industry but why give false hopes on these kids if we all know that physically, mentally, emotionally, that this career aren’t for them? Schools such as ICATS should’ve been more transparent. If applicants didn’t pass the requirements, they shouldn’t been admitted in the first place. I mean, PHP 50K-ish (tuition fee + manual + uniforms + etc) is no joke, right? So why even set a requirement if it can’t be followed?
- Age 18 to 30 years old male or female
- Weight must be proportionate to height
- Male must be a minimum of 5’6”
- Female must be a minimum of 5’2” (able to reach 212cm on tip toe)
- At least High School Graduate
- Medically fit to meet aircrew requirements
- No visible marks/tattoos
- Must possess positive attitude and empathy for others
- Must be good in communication skills
- Must have a 20/ 20 vision.
- Training School’s “Success Stories”
All the success stories posted in the ads, FB page, Instagram doesn’t mean that job assistance provided by the school had been successful. It’s not really the school but your OWN perseverance, attitude, confidence and your overall package – these are what will land you the job! I know a lot of ICATS graduates who didn’t undergo the job assistance but still able to get the job.
IS TRAINING SCHOOL FOR ME OR NOT?
Again, FA Training doesn’t guarantee you the job. Attend to the minimum requirements first. I suggest you take self-evaluation. If you really want to become an FA, determine first your strengths and weaknesses. Know your issues. If you’re undergrad, you may want to go back to school and finish your studies. If you think you lack confidence and communication skills, then it’s better to enroll in a speech class such as Speech Power. If you are in doubt with your physical features (which is a huge factor for front liners in this industry), you may want to invest on a makeup course, invest on a good derma session for a vibrant glow of face and skin and get rid of those unwanted moles and scars. You may also want to invest in time and money to achieve your desired weight that’s proportioned to your height. And as for the height, go for a lot of stretching! It works! 😉
So what happens after ICATS? As for me, It’s been 9 months and I’m still here, holding on to that vision I saw years ago. You can’t really rely on to the Job Assistance alone (how I wish I can tell that straight at my parents’ face and not get disappointed). You have to work hard and be smart to get the FA Career. This includes a lot of discipline and “practice! practice! practice!”. Often times you’ll face a lot of rejections but you have to keep going! It’s your attitude that will let you stay in the game. If you have the money to splurge, well go ahead and enroll in your preferred FA Training Schools. But if you’re just a normal young adult who wants to weigh things first, you may want to take the alternate route – which is to be specific! Invest in your issues first (and not the training school) so as not to double up your expenses!
Again, I have nothing against the organization. I, for sure enjoyed my stay in ICATS. All the employees there has been a family to me. I met wonderful people and gained networks. My batchmates are like sisters to me! I’m just here to help. Thanks for reading! Comments and violent reactions are very much appreciated. Haha! I can be reached anytime at 09272395171. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this blog has been very informative. Until next time!