Can you take a break before grad school to be a flight attendant?

I’m a recent high school graduate, and am planning on starting college fall 2020 after I finish a gap year. I nearly got my associates in high school, so only need 3 more years max before I get my bachelors degree. After I get my undergraduate degree, I’m planning on getting my doctorate in order to become a physical therapist. I love to travel and think that the free travel would be a great perk for me. So, would it be reasonable to take a break after getting my undergraduate to be a flight attendant for a year or so before pushing on to my doctorate? Also, what type of schooling is required for the position? Ideally I would like to work for Qatar, Etihad, or Emirates. However as the notoriously hire women most of the time , I don’t feel as if they’re the most likely option, especially for a short term gig.

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  • 6 months ago
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    It's fine to take a break before graduate school, but it's better to work in a field that somehow related to your field of study.

    Flight attendant is a longer-term commitment; by the time you get through the interview process and several phases of flight attendant training, your gap year will likely be all but expired. And international flights typically go to more experienced attendants, so chances are that even if you do get to actually work before school begins, it will only be on local flights.

    In addition, science prerequisites tend to "expire" after a few years, so you won't be a good candidate for graduate school if you wait too long to apply after you graduate.

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  • 6 months ago

    bro graduated summer 65 from UCLA,,MBA,minor electronics & spanish,,training for airlines work as flight attendant,FAs have a lot to do,many benefits when you are a young person,,unlimited free travel,airline food,booze,nice hotels for layovers,make money on the side by referring tourists to local contacted travel & tour guides,,stuff to buy cheap at bazaars worldwide,,,time changes,,it takes a toll on the body clocks,you can burn out rather quick unless you,,,,,, allow 5 hrs rest for each hour of time change..constant airtravel means super dry air, flyiing while still tired & wiped out,presenting a spiffy well kempt appearance,knowing local currencies,( a dozen),exchange rates,safety instructions in multiple languages,, loading beverage and service carts with everything you need to avoid leaving the cart in mid aisle to go get something you forgot,earphones,in flight movies,,**** breaks in the galley,in entertainment,listening to goofy passengers complaints

    ( customer service, they are often a pain in the ***),sometimes you meet hollywood sports news stars,decent people,most passengers are pretty nice,

    get the grad work done,in the shortest time possible,you will have ten years of busting butt,it will take a toll,might take that long to get a service mgr position with more money,,carry as much freshfresh water as you can handle,air aboard jets is super dry,,which is better for electronics and wires,you get parched & not realizing it,,skin ages esp if you domicile ( your home base) in a dry arid climate,,dehydration double dings you.

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  • Stasia
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    There's nothing wrong with taking a break before grad school. I actually took almost a two year break in which I lived in Japan and taught English. Of course, it looks better for admissions if you do something related to your major. Being a flight attendant isn't a healthcare job.

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Of course, why not? Plenty of people do? In my PhD class, we had several people in their late 20s and their 30s. They'd been working for a while before returning to school to earn a doctorate.

    This is VERY common.

    However, make sure you have all prerequisites under your belt before you apply to grad school. Physical therapy does require a doctorate these days, and it will take about 4 years to earn. PLUS you cannot be too far away from your undergraduate pre-requisites, or you'll have to take them again.

    In other words, don't try to be a flight attendant for more than a couple of years.

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  • :)
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    The other answers made good points. I know many flight attendants, and they’re all older, because that was their career. It’s not typically a quick little job you can do.

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  • 6 months ago

    The training is expensive, and they do not want people staying only a year or two. They invest in careers, not free-travel seekers.

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  • 6 months ago

    i dont see why not

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    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    There's nothing wrong with taking a break before grad school. I actually took almost a two year break in which I lived in Japan and taught English. Of course, it looks better for admissions if you do something related to your major. Being a flight attendant isn't a healthcare job.

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