Time for clearing queries and doubts regarding a bright and successful flying future

Nina Mukherji
Nina Mukherji
Posted on 13 Feb 2024
10:21 AM


Map the journey to cabin crew q I am now in Class X. What are the steps that I can take to become an airhostess after Class XII? How do I prepare for it? What are the eligibility criteria?

When pursuing a career as an air hostess or a cabin crew, it is essential to focus on personal and educational development. While you may choose any stream, pursuing hospitality or tourism can be advantageous. You may also consider enrolling in recognised cabin crew training institutes that provide specialised programmes covering safety procedures, customer service and grooming.

Along with academics, you must develop strong language skills, particularly in English, as effective communication is vital in this profession. Also, gaining customer service experience, even in part-time roles, can contribute to your readiness for the role. For instance, working in retail, hospitality, or any other job where you interact with customers face-to-face can enhance your interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and the capacity to handle various customer needs.


As far as eligibility in concerned, an applicant must have completed Class XII and be between 17 and 26 years of age. The candidate must also be at least five feet and two inches tall, unmarried and have normal eyesight or corrected to 6/6 in both eyes. The applicant should also be medically fit.

Skills of value q What skills are valued by employers in today’s job market?

In today’s job market, employers are looking for candidates with diverse skills, including technical and soft skills. There is a high demand for individuals who can proficiently use digital tools and extract valuable insights from data. Technical skills in areas such as generative AI, sustainability, project management, data science, machine learning, cloud computing and cybersecurity are also particularly valued by companies.

However, employers also emphasise the importance of soft skills — effective communication, adaptability, problem-solving, collaboration and emotional intelligence. Clear and articulate communication and the ability to work well in diverse teams are essential in today’s collaborative work environments. Additionally, candidates who demonstrate adaptability, critical thinking and a proactive approach stand out. Employers also value individuals who commit to continuous learning and acquiring new skills.

Jobs for GIS grads q How does one get into a career in geographic information systems (GIS)? Which companies hire people with these skills? Are there good courses in India for GIS?

If you like geography and find the technology of tracking locations through satellites amazing, then GIS is a great career path for you. It involves capturing, analysing and interpreting spatial data, making it essential in various fields such as urban planning, environmental management and disaster response. Several technology firms such as Google, Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant and Accenture need GIS professionals. Google Maps is an excellent example of an Internet-based GIS mapping solution which people use extensively for navigation.

In India, institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Jamia Millia Islamia and Benaras Hindu University offer master’s programmes in GIS and remote sensing. Consider focussing on subjects such as geography, environmental science, computer science or engineering in your undergraduate programme. If you are thinking of going abroad to study, then the US and the UK offer good programmes in this area. GIS opens doors to exciting career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Nina Mukherji is a career counsellor and certified psychometric assessor. She conducts workshops in various areas for students. Mail your queries to with “Ask Nina” in the subject line. Don’t forget to add the name of your school or college and a contact number

Last updated on 13 Feb 2024
10:22 AM
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