Cabin Crew is a dream job for so many girls, however a question that will undoubedtly sit in the back of many peoples’ minds is ‘what do I do when I choose to have a family?’. Many people assume that this is the time to hand back your wings and to keep your feet firmly on the ground. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! Vicky and I did our Cabin Crew training together for BA CityFlyer back in 2007 and since then she has progressed to Purser and is currently pregnant with her second child! Vicky has been inspirational in the way that she has juggled her work and family life and demonstrates that you can continue working in the skies whilst having a family back home. Here’s what Vicky had to say…
“I have been flying just over 6 years with BA CityFlyer out of London City Airport. When I fell pregnant I was grounded immediately and had to do Monday to Friday 9-5, doing general office duties. This wasn’t as fun as flying but it was an exciting time as I knew I had the baby on the way. During this time I missed flying lots. I couldn’t wait to be back in the skies; missed the crew, crew life style and even the shift work!
I took 9 months maternity leave, I returned back to work part time 50% on a flexible working pattern. Not many Cabin Crew are able to get part time contracts due to the nature of the industry so I was really lucky that this worked out so well for me! I am also extremely lucky to have a big family so I was able to work whilst the baby was looked after by a family member.
BA CityFlyer have been great throughout, I am currently grounded again on my second child, due in August! I really couldn’t fault them whatsoever.
The only thing u have to think about when having a career as Cabin Crew and a family are the possible disruptions in the airline industry, which can be hard when u have a baby waiting at home for u. However with a flexible part time working pattern it has worked so well for me and my family life. It is hard work but it can be done! I am looking to go back after my second baby as I enjoy the skies too much to give it up! If you’ve got a lot of support behind you then you should be able to enjoy your family life and your career. All you need is the motivation and the support and you can have both!”
So if, like many, you have been worried about your career prospects after deciding to settle down and have a family…it can be done!
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