Now anyone can work in the aviation industry!

Work with the best airlines in Malaysia

By Huzraifah Atikah, Nadhirah Sofea, Syafiqah Azman

Life after secondary school can be quite challenging and scary but also exciting at the same time. 

It is the phase of life where figuring out your life and career paths might be a confusing drawn out affair as a wrong choice can change your destiny.

Naturally many SPM leavers will be burdened with thoughts of whether to start working or to continue studying.

You may wonder, if you do not want to further your studies, what are the job options for you? 

Most importantly, who would want to hire SPM leavers and is it even possible for you to earn about RM2,000 without a diploma or a degree?

The answer is yes, there are several jobs that anyone can do right after SPM. 

In fact, there are many work fields that you can explore, such as the social media industry, sales industry, entertainment and also the aviation industry. 

Well, talking about aviation, do you know that there are airlines in Malaysia that have many openings for SPM leavers?

Yup! There are AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air. 

There are at least five types of work that you can do in the aviation field such as being a cabin crew, ramp agent, guest service assistant, aircraft technician or even a pilot. 

But, each one of these jobs may require different qualifications. It means your SPM results will still play a big role for you in getting into the aviation industry.

Check out these options:

1. Pilot

To be a pilot, you could join a cadet pilot programme under the airlines after SPM and the course duration will be shorter. 

Otherwise, you could also join after you getting your diploma/degree in engineering or any related courses.

So, this is good news to SPM 2018 leavers, who might be interested in becoming a pilot!

AirAsia cadet pilot programme 2019 is one of the programmes that you might want to check out: 

If you think you are qualified, wait no more, click this link for further information and to apply.

Be informed that the deadline is Apr 18. So, hurry up! 

2. Cabin crew

Becoming a cabin crew is not as easy as some may think. It is undeniably a well paying but tough job. 

Candidates who pass the initial selection process will need to undergo and pass a three-month training programme before becoming a cabin crew. 

Be informed that interviews for cabin crew will usually be posted at the airlines’ official social media pages. 

If you are interested to become AirAsia's cabin crew, you can check it here

But there’s a level of qualification and criteria that you will need to fulfill. For example, AirAsia cabin crew requirement is:

-The minimum age is 18 years old

-Minimum height for females is 157cm barefoot; while for males, it is 169cm barefoot

-All candidates must have passed SPM with credit in English, Bahasa Malaysia and one other subject

-Fluency in written/spoken English and Bahasa Malaysia

-Graduates of any discipline are encouraged to apply.

-Experienced crews are encouraged to apply

-Outgoing, well-rounded and possess a stunning personality, inexhaustible smile, vibrant, energetic and with good communication skills

The dress code for the interview - for females, its smart casual (strictly knee length dress/skirt only) with full make up and for males, its smart casual and stylish.

Many would think that working as a cabin crew is a glamorous job with a high salary and getting the chance to visit different countries almost every week.

But bear in mind that it is not as easy as it seems. Then again, no job is ever easy. 

3. Ramp agent

Most probably you have no idea what a ramp agent is, right? A ramp agent is someone who has a huge responsibility in an airport. 

If pilots fly the plane and cabin crews take good care of the passengers, ramp agents take good care of cargo and baggage. 

They will need to load and unload the cargo and baggage, and make sure the plane is ready to take off. 

AirAsia usually has walk-in interviews for ramp agents in their company. 

If you are an SPM leaver and interested in a friendly working environment, you can apply to be one. 

-Open to Malaysians (age between 18 and 35 years)

-Have at least passed SPM or equivalent

-Be fit and healthy for manual lifting tasks

-Must have driving license (D)

-Basic oral written communication skills in English and Bahasa Malaysia

If you are having doubts, you can head to to read some reviews on that position.

4. Guest Service Assistant

If you think loading and unloading baggage is too much for you, no worries. You can try applying for guest service assistant position. 

Guest service assistant job scope includes helping customers at the airport to check-in at the counter, boarding gate or arrivals. 

You only need to have a SPM certificate with credit in Bahasa Malaysia, English and also Mathematics. 

There's also many benefits for you as a guest service assistant and one of them is 90% discounts on AirAsia flights for you and your family! How great is that!

5. Aircraft technician 

Do you need a degree to become an aircraft maintenance technician?

Meh, you don’t need it!

However, you do need to obtain a CAAM Part-66 CATEGORY A1 license.

There are 3 types of licenses but SPM leavers can only go for the CATEGORY A1 license.

Allied Aeronautics Training Centre offers a one-year programme for students to obtain this basic license. 

The centre has affiliations with Firefly, Malindo and Air Asia.

Keep in mind that becoming an aircraft technician allows you to work at any airlines not only just in Malaysia but also overseas. 

In this field of work, your experience is more valuable and you can get more job opportunities in the future. 

If you want to move up to a higher position, you will need to get your degree. But no worries here because by then you could study part-time while working. 

So what do you think of these options, are you interested to work in the aviation industry now?