1. FR have taken people with experience recently. They have been from the Turboprop or FI fraternity. The majority have of course been 250hr cadets with an age demographic between 20-25. Unless DEC 737 rated, you join as a SSTR two striped cadet.
2. If you have any doubts whatsoever about how your life will fit with a big commitment like FR, don't bother. It has to work for you first and foremost because anything, and I mean ANYTHING, is possible. It must work for you!!!
3. I repeat point 2 over and over and it still alludes me to how many make an uninformed decision and remain completely disillusioned as time progresses. I have little sympathy for the star-struck by the big jet brigade.
4. If you are using FR as a stepping stone be bloody certain that it will work out that way. If you can't get an airline job somewhere else then you are either stuck in FR or you can say adios to the profession. Maximise your chances by being bloody good and bloody lucky at the same time. There aren't other jobs for every person who joins Ryanair. Also consider that expansion is all but over, so career opportunities will not be what they were. Your occupancy of the right hand seat will extend as things stagnate.
Last edited by Callsign Kilo; 22nd Mar 2012 at 20:53.