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Airservices Australia Psychometric Testing

Old 10th Jun 2020, 00:14
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There's nothing stopping you. However, make sure you go in with eyes wide open:
-The Academy stage of training will probably last longer than you expect, and longer than what you are told at the beginning of the course. Can your family budget afford the fairly-poor training wage for 18 months or more?
-You will need extremely understanding and supportive family - for the best chance at success, you need to dedicate virtually everything to your goal while you are training: home study, getting enough rest, no holidays (outside the standard shutdown periods) while you're at the college.
-You will probably learn at a slower rate than your younger course mates. There's very little consolidation time built in to the course. Expect to need to do extra sim exercises, in your own time, to consolidate your learning.
-Historically those over 30 at the beginning of training do have a lower success rate at the end. That doesn't mean it's impossible - not at all - but other lifestyle factors (responsibilities like a wife and kids or a mortgage, for example!) do tend to pile on the pressure for people in your situation. While you're training, the more of those external factors that you can quarantine yourself from, the better - but that's not always compatible with family life.
It's a great job if you do get there, though. Good luck.

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Old 10th Jun 2020, 01:20
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Agree with everything said above. If you scroll back far enough in this thread there are a few first hand accounts of training as an older person. Generally, the older the trainee the lower the chance of success. The phrase I heard many times at the college was "we've never had anyone over 40 pass the course." I knew several people in their early 30s who have recently graduated; turned 30 myself whilst training and I don't think I had any more of a difficult time than the younger people. There were four parents with young children at the college with me. Two graduated; all mentioned family life as a complicating factor in terms of finances as well as having to sacrifice time with them.
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 06:13
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"we've never had anyone over 40 pass the course."
That's not quite correct, there have been a few; certainly you can count them on one hand in the last decade or so though.
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 06:26
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Oh yeah, definitely just a catchphrase they use. I was trained by someone who started when they were 40 - still one of the best ATCs I know.
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 02:50
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Originally Posted by AW4070 View Post
I'm early 30's with a wife and young child. Have been running a business which has been hammered by the current health situation and thinking about a career switch. Am I crazy to try and go down this path at my age? Wondering if anyone has insight into how mature-aged trainees tend to go, assuming they can make it into the training course.

Hi! Iím glad you asked this question, as Iím in a similar boat as far as career changes are concerned. Just make sure you hit the minimum qualifications, ie finished year 12 or a degree within 10 years
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Old 14th Jun 2020, 07:40
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Hatchet7 - just tried to PM you but I'm receiving a notice that your inbox is full and to delete some messages....get back in touch via PM when you're good. I've got good news.... PJ
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Old 18th Jun 2020, 04:56
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Offer for 21st September

I have recieved an offer for ATC trainee starting on the 21st of September, anyone else got the same offer?
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Old 30th Jun 2020, 01:12
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Hi all, seems to me that this thread is dying but Iíll post anyway. I just applied for the most recent intake (June 2020) and I completed my online aptitude test last night. I did alright - not bad enough to say I failed but not good enough to definitively say I passed. Anyway, I was just wondering:

1. Would age affect my application? Obviously there is nothing written about age (avoid those discrimination lawsuits lol) but Iím 18 and Iím worried I wonít be taken seriously. This is my dream job. Iíve been researching air traffic control for years and my parents work in aviation. I even read all 198 pages of this forum haha. But yeah it would really suck if they thought I wasnít serious because Iím young

2. Would COVID affect the recruitment process? From what Iíve gathered, they only do the assessment centre in Melbourne now and Victoria is having a bit of a surge in cases at the moment. I wouldnít be surprised if the whole state went into lockdown.
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Old 30th Jun 2020, 23:57
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Would age affect my application?
Your age itself, no (you meet the minimum requirement and it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of age). However, you may also get what I got when I first applied for ATC, straight out of uni (so a couple of years older than you are now): the feedback after my interview was basically to go away and grow up a little, then come back in a few years.
So I went away and worked in the 'real world' for a bit, took on a job that allowed me to demonstrate responsibility, and three years later was successful.

Having said that, that was my experience, yours may differ. Give it a go, and try not to get too disheartened if it ends in tears the first time.
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 22:44
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Oh wow okay. Iíve had three jobs (one in a supervisor position) - would that help with demonstration of responsibility?

Have there been many successful 18 year olds or not so much?
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 22:17
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Originally Posted by kickingdinnerplates View Post
Oh wow okay. Iíve had three jobs (one in a supervisor position) - would that help with demonstration of responsibility?

Have there been many successful 18 year olds or not so much?
Yep thereís a few I can think of that started at 18/19/20 and had no issues.

Not a terrible place to be at age 24 on ATC 6 pay level while mates have just started looking for graduate positions with a huge HECS debt.
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