Budget carrier EasyJet is going on a hiring spree and rather than targeting the youth, it is targeting senior citizens in its purse to recruit more flight attendants. I think this is a great idea.
EasyJet Wants More Senior Citizens Citizens To Be Flight Attendants
Over the last year, EasyJet has seen a 30% increase in new flight attendants over the age of 60. Over the last four years, EasyJet has seen a 27% increase in new flight attendants over the age of 45. Now EasyJet is specifically targeting these older groups in a new recruiting drive aimed at “empty nesters.”
EasyJet explains that its new initiative comes on the heels of a new survey in the UK suggesting that 78% of Britons are resolved to take on new challenges once their children fly the nest and nearly 60% are open to a new career.
The new campaign spotlights a number of older EasyJet cabin crew who have joined the airline in the last year, including:
- Neil Brown (59)
- Peter Wanless (68)
- Mike Tear (57)
- Gary Fellowes (63)
- Carlos Santa Monica (48)
EasyJet reasons that older workers bring a “wealth of life experience and transferable skills” (including superior customer service skills and knowledge over how to deal with people), making them “ideal candidates” to work a customer-facing role for the airline.
For example, Neil Brown was an engineer for three decades. Now has has followed in the footsteps of his daughter and become a flight attendant.
Michael Brown, Director of Cabin Services for EasyJet, explained:
“At easyJet, our people are at the heart of everything we do and it’s the warm welcome and fantastic customer service that our cabin crew are famous for. Karen and Daniela are a great example of how being cabin crew is a fantastic job no matter what your age and so we want to encourage even more people like them to join us. If you’ve got a passion for travel and people and want a job that’s different every day, then we can’t wait to welcome you on board as part of the team.”
Brown is referring to Karen, 54, and Daniela, 21, a mother-daughter flight attendant team.
This Is A Great Idea
I am not one of those travelers who believes that flight attendants should exclusively be young and beautiful. While I understand that is part of the business model for some airlines, some of the best flight attendants I have over the years have been old.
On my last British Airways flight, for example, the crew was quite senior….and perfectly delightful. There is wisdom that comes with age and as long as EasyJet hires the right older people, I think this is a great idea that will help improve service onboard in a very positive way.
EasyJet is recruiting older “empty nesters” to be flight attendants. If you happen to be older and looking for a career change, you can apply here.
I’m curious, how many of you, dear readers, would consider a second career after retirement as a flight attendant?