Flight Attendants are primarily responsible for ensuring that safety regulations are followed in airplanes as well as make sure of the comfort and well being of passengers.
Flight Attendants in Nigeria work mainly with commercial airlines and private charter airlines. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) oversees the issuance of licenses to flight attendants who form part of the crew for flights.
Flight Attendants may usually work during weekends and holidays and while the schedule may not be strictly regular working on longer distance, international flights take more hours.
To aspire to be a flight attendant a diploma will do as a minimum educational qualification though employers may prefer to hire candidates with at least a Higher National Diploma or Degree. Hired attendants also are required to undergo several weeks of training from the employer.
While training will equip you with cogent skills to successfully do the job you will require soft, personal communication skills as you will interact with all shades of people on board flights.
It helps to have good knowledge of more than one language as it might give you an edge when being considered for a flight attendant position. The requirements for working as a flight attendant varies depending on the company so applying for a flight attendant you will have to check out the airline’s guidelines for prospective candidates.
As in most other countries intending flight attendants will undergo training. This training can be done through either the Nigerian College of Aviation (NCAT) in Zaria or enrolling into any of the privately held aviation training centres in the country.
Remuneration and Benefits
Flight attendants in Nigeria can earn between N100,000 and N300,000 depending on their experience and years of service.
Being a flight attendant you will potentially do a lot of travels so you will certainly enjoy that if you are the travelling and exploratory type.
Advancement and Outlook
As Nigeria’s aviation sector looks to accomodate more players the outlook for flight attendants appear positive. However currently there may be limited growth opportunities for flight attendant and crew positions.Weekly Career Profile: Flight Attendants by Paul