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Professionals take to the skies

Published 19/12/2011 | 13:17

Virgin Atlantic said rising unemployment is playing a part in the changing profile of its staff
Virgin Atlantic said rising unemployment is playing a part in the changing profile of its staff

Bankers, tax inspectors and social workers are among a growing band of professionals quitting their careers for a job as a flight attendant, a leading airline said.

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Virgin Atlantic said most of its cabin crew now held bachelor or masters degrees in a huge range of subjects totally unrelated to the travel industry.

The airline said rising unemployment was playing a part in the changing profile of its staff, but it also believed that people were becoming disillusioned with their previous lifestyle.

Virgin Atlantic's Anna Catchpole said: "The economic downturn has encouraged many professional people to re-examine the things they once thought were important.

"With so much uncertainty, people want to live for the moment, so a nine to five existence to pay for a mortgage and a car no longer holds much attraction.

"Big companies are always urging employees to indulge in blue sky thinking, and now hundreds of executives are literally putting that philosophy into practice."

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