Fly High in Aviation with Don Bosco Institute

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The aviation industry is an integral part of our society. Aviation provides the only rapid worldwide transportation network, which makes it essential for global business. It generates economic growth, creates jobs, and facilitates international trade and tourism. Aviation has continued to expand becoming an indispensable means of transport in the modern day world. As history beckons in India, the first commercial civil aviation flight took place on 18th February 1911. The flight took off from Allahabad for Naini covering a total distance of nearly 10 kilometers. In the year 1932, JRD Tata started an airline. It started with the flying of a consignment of mail from Karachi to Juhu airport and this later came to be known as the Air India. Since then, the civil aviation industry growth in India has been booming. India’s domestic aviation market expansion has been the strongest in the world – tripling in the past five years and is currently the ninth largest aviation market in the world. It has also been one of the fastest-growing aviation industries in the world with private airlines accounting for more than 75 % of the sector of the domestic aviation market. Presently there are around 454 airports and airstrips in place in the country, of which 16 are designated as international airports.

The air transport industry also supported a total of 62.7 million jobs globally. It provides 9.9 million direct jobs. Airlines, air navigation service providers and airports directly employed over three million people. The civil aerospace sector (the manufacture of aircraft, systems and engines) employed 1.1 million people. A further 5.5 million worked in other on-airport positions. 52.8 million indirect, induced and tourism-related jobs were supported by aviation. As of May 2018, there are nearly 558 commercial aircraft in operation in India. Currently the top commercial players in the Indian airspace are Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Air, Air Asia, Vistara, Star Air, Tru Jet, Alliance Air and Air Deccan.

With the expansion of Aviation sector, the recruitment of capable and skilled manpower has been increasing. With around more than 78 designated profiles in the Aviation sector, the job of an Air Hostess or Flight Steward has always been the most glamorous of all. Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Assam has been an epicenter of knowledge and youth empowerment to the entire Northeast, crossing innumerable milestones in the past in creating job opportunities in the Aviation sector. The Don Bosco Institute was established  with a mission to nurture dreams and shape lives, to awaken latent potential and stoke the passion for excellence by Salesians of Don Bosco, pioneers in Education, Cultural Heritage and Human Resource Development in the Northeast since 1922.With an envision of offering the young people of the North East in the acquisition of knowledge and skills preparing them for market driven jobs to build a career for themselves, DBI is designed and executed by Don Bosco Youth Mission &Educational Services (DBYES), Guwahati. DBYES is registered under Societies Registration Act. XXI of 1860 on 15th July 1996 and under Ministry of Home affairs.

The Institute has been instrumental in playing a key role in offering 3 month certificate courses in Aviation since 2015 under the Scheme of North Eastern Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) funded by Ministry of DoNER, Govt. of India has trained and placed than 300 students in the Aviation sector. The fee structure of the Aviation Course of DBI is been kept very nominal in comparison to other Aviation Institutes to help fulfill the dreams of the marginalized students of the North East India. Don Bosco Institute has been maintaining a good track record in giving placements to the maximum number of Aviation  students from the Northeast in the Domestic as well as International flights. Youth services form an integral part of the activities of DBI, thus the  Aviation Course is one of its most sought after courses for its high end training and . DBI believes in providing the right opportunities for participation, growth and empowerment through specially designed Aviation Course to help the students to shape their personality, enabling them to discover their potential, define goals, focus energies and equip them for a fuller life by choosing a way of life and a career that will suit their interests, abilities and the requirements of the society.

Becoming an Air hostess, is one of the jobs that a lot of graduates dream to have. Air hostess, are also known as stewardesses/stewards, cabin crew, cabin attendants or flight attendants in the industry and the world. Heinrick Kubis, a German, was the world’s first flight attendant in the year 1912, while Ellen Church was world’s first female flight attendant in the 1930’s. Since, then the profession on air hostesses has come a long way. The charm of being able to travel to different locations, meet abundant of people, travel with business magnate or super stars is attractive to anyone who knows about this career choice. In the airline career line, air hostesses is considered to be a prime profession. No matter how tempting or lucrative the profession may sound it calls for ample amount of hard work. Air hostesses, have be impeccably groomed and well dressed for all the flights. They need to constantly greet the customer, look after the passengers on the flight and take care of the pilots and the other staff members of the flying crew. They need to maintain a calm and composed composure in difficult time and with difficult flyers. All of the tasks performed by the Air hostesses, call for good set of communication and interpersonal skills. Overall no one can deny the hard work and skills of an Air hostess, may it be in comforting a distressed passenger or ensuring the safety of the passengers, crew and pilots. 

The growth and development in this job heavily depends upon the kind of experience that one gains through their career. After 10 years of a career as an air hostess, in the airline, one might shift to other positions like on ground crew or check hostess. The scope of the job is immense, but the job does call for a specific set of skills and personality. If one thinks that they fit the bill, then this is the profession to join and grow in. The minimum educational qualification to pursue Air Hostess course is 10+2. This is one of the exquisite course to pursue post-HSC Certificate Courses: Certification courses are for 10+2 candidates.

Apart from the other skills, behavioral skills play the most important aspect in getting selected for the Aviation sector. A pleasing personality with a good voice, friendly  behavior with the passengers, command over language, presence of mind, willingness to work in team, readiness to cope with long working hours and a positive attitude are key eligibilities to qualify for the Aviation sector. An Air hostess’s salary is different from every airline company. Generally, the salary of an air hostess may vary from Rs 25,000 to Rs 80,000 per month. Domestic airlines pay up to Rs 40,000/month and international airlines pay up to Rs 80,000/month depending upon one’s work experience. Whereas luxurious international airlines pay 1-2 lakh per month to senior air hostesses. There are more perks like- discounts on flight tickets, medical insurance, and retirement benefits.

If one has a pleasant disposition  then he/she can get along easily with all kinds of people. An air hostess has many responsibilities on a plane. She greets every passenger, guides each to his or her seat and settles them in, coordinates security, and much more. Don Bosco Institute grooms the students with special personality development and spoken English  courses too .

Students who have enrolled in DBI for the Aviation course have always benefitted from the course in some way or the other. The Aviation trainees also get recruited in the Hospitality and Tourism sector after they complete their Aviation Course. Thus the job placements are always in high demand. Success stories have always inspired others to follow the path. Anushka Rai from South Sikkim says after joining DBI she realized that “to achieve goals sheer hard work and determination is needed. Nothing is undefeatable it is only our thinking that makes something impossible for us. This Institute helped me to gain self confidence and made me believe in myself.”Anushka is currently working as a Cabin Crew with the Indigo Airlines. Similarly Bidya Sharma  from Siliguri who joined the Institute in 2017 is now working as a Cabin Crew with Go Air, shares that her life changed after failing to excel in her general higher studies. Similarly Diphu D Arengh who hails from Rongjeng, East Garo Hills was depressed as he could not continue his studies due to personal problems at home. But his life changed after he joined DBI Aviation Course and today he works under the CSA department in Guwahati Airport.

Speaking about the Aviation course Dr( Fr) P.D Johnny, the Director of Don Bosco Institute shares that “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam wanted to fly from his childhood when he saw birds soaring freely through space. He fulfilled his dream when he became an aerospace engineer and a rocket scientist. Aviation is one of the good courses introduced by Don Bosco Institute Guwahati since 2015. The success rate has been phenomenal. Almost every day we get news of the placement of candidates either in the aviation, hospitality, retails, sales or marketing sector. The trainer in Don Bosco Institute has a magic touch about her and whoever trained under her guidance and mentorship are sure of cracking the interview and finding a job. Long live Don Bosco Institute and the Aviation Course.”

DBI believes that through their Aviation training ,anybody can join the Aviation sector as they equip these young hearts  with the wings of hope and belief in hearts making preparing them to fly high….