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30th Aug 2009, 18:55
I'm wondering how well respected Natural Sciences is? I know you can pretty much have any degree and be at an advantage over someone who doesn't in the airline world but is natural sciences well respected?
My current plan is finish my GCSE's, do A-Levels (either three sciences or two sciences and maths) and then hopefully go on to do 3-4 Natural Sciences degree.
Thanks, Mike :)
30th Aug 2009, 19:47
I'm not entirely sure the degree gives you any advantage in the airline world - unless perhaps management positions are where you want to go after the flight deck and even then....
What a degree does give you is a useful tool outside of the airline world (which can be a volatile place in terms of job prospects). On that basis make sure your degree is something you enjoy and is likely to help you find a position outside the industry.
The Uni Vs. "Training now" argument has been done ad nauseam on this website - give the thread a read if you feel like it, but remember, ultimately you don't need a degree to fly but you may need it to earn the money to learn to fly, however your route is your choice....... there's more money in plumbing these days than having a degree in something just for the sake of it anyway.
Edited to add - University is also great fun and provides some "life experience" (though I hesitate at calling uni life real life!) and if you feel you want to go, you definitely should - just make it worthwhile!
30th Aug 2009, 20:10
Thanks :) I think i would definately want to go to university for a chance to meet new people and be more indipendant + living away from home ect. before i went to learn how to fly (+ i guess if all else fails i have something else to go back on).
30th Aug 2009, 20:24
I'd be more inclined to be a Doctor with Natural Sciences!
30th Aug 2009, 20:36
Mike you sound very sensible - you'll love University, and a friend of mine did a similar course and also enjoyed it - earns more money than me to :ok:
Flying is a dream most of us on here share - but it is hard to achieve and having some aces in your pocket will do you no harm.
30th Aug 2009, 21:43
:):) I think i would either like to do something sciences (ie. natural sciences) or a language because i really enjoy languages and would love to be able to speak it pretty fluently :p
But i guess we only live once and because flying has been my dream since i was really small, i suppose i better just go for it :) Anyhow, plenty of time yet to decide
31st Aug 2009, 05:10
Indeed Mike, everybody seems to agree so it must be a good idea!
Just think of all that lovely debt you'll be piling onto an already expensive career choice. Follow your dreams, and stay on the right path. :ok:
31st Aug 2009, 05:53
or a language because i really enjoy languages and would love to be able to speak it pretty fluently
Don't waste your time at university studying languages - you can easily learn languages afterwards by living abroad (I have learnt five languages since university). Use your time at university to learn skills which you can only learn through intensive study - eg sciences and engineering.
31st Aug 2009, 06:50
Assuming you have a job with an airline with kinda the average pay, how easy is it to pay of all that debt?
31st Aug 2009, 08:59
... you could include English as one of your chosen subjects... then you could compose simple sentences without countless spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Good luck anyway bm :ugh:
31st Aug 2009, 09:22
Don't worry Mike - whilst your spooling and gramerrr will be important in application processes etc. it is not unusual for some on here to get very indignant over the occasional moosed apostrophe or missing comma, don't take it personally.
*Edited to remove the miserable bugger comment given Boeing's reply
31st Aug 2009, 10:12
...my comments were intended to be constructive...not critical! His chances of realising his dream will be immeasurably improved if he learns (sooner rather than later) that carelessness and illiteracy are best avoided. Apart from 3 decades flying fixed wing and rorary types (public transport) I was also heavily involved in selection and recruitment... I am intimately familiar with recruitment criteria and sought only to guide the young guy. OK?
31st Aug 2009, 10:45
Okay, okay, I do agree re the importance of such things - I just think we sometimes come across a tad on the "mean" side to the forum newbies.