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parkingbrakeset
09-05-2007, 10:00 AM
Does any one know if the major airlines like Delta accept a Life Experience degree from online schools? If not what type of online schools do they except?


ce650
09-05-2007, 10:29 AM
are you serious? is there such a thing?

grasshopper
09-05-2007, 10:40 AM
I doubt they would accept any school program that was not accredited. As far as "life experience" degrees, I would be surprised if they were accredited and you didn't have to do anything other than submit your life story/certificates. Online schools would probably be okay if coming from an accepted institution like Embry Riddle or other university. A lot of enlisted military work their way up while on duty utilizing those types of programs...don't have many other realistic options really. Delta seems to be mil friendly so I would think those programs would be acceptable. It's competitive though so it might be an achilles heel during an interview if you waited until you were 50 to do anything and don't really have a good reason why you didn't do it earlier. Hope this helps.


Spartan07
09-05-2007, 11:31 AM
Does any one know if the major airlines like Delta accept a Life Experience degree from online schools? If not what type of online schools do they except?

Read the 'Fake Degrees' thread in Cargo, pretty much the same discussion. Life Experience degrees and Fake degrees are synonymous.

Ottopilot
09-05-2007, 11:45 AM
True, life experience degree means you give someone a resume and money and they mail you a degree. I'll mail you one for free that I can make on my computer and printer. No accreditation = no degree.

Spartan07: you at Spartan? I was there in '87. Did my comm/multi/instr there.

skidmark
09-05-2007, 12:05 PM
i guess i am the dumb one but what is a life experience degree?

7576FO
09-05-2007, 01:24 PM
I have a BS in Liberal Studies. During my interview, the lady form personel says/asks "So what's a liberal studies degree anyway?" with attitude.

I was certain she was either a "*****" or trying to get me defensive.

I responded, "Did my Mom ask you to say that?"

She laughed, and then i said my parents begged me to get a different (engineering) degree. I then sighed, and we both laughed again.

BTW, I got my 4 yr from a state college while flying for a regional airline.

It took 2 years. I had a 2 yr degree when i started.

Anything is possible.

Best of luck/perseverence
4 yr degree still can't spell or use spell check

Ottopilot
09-05-2007, 01:47 PM
i guess i am the dumb one but what is a life experience degree?

From what I understand, it is a "company" (not a real college) who gives you a degree based on your life experience. Like it equals a college degree; assuming you have life experience. You send them money and tell them what life experience you have and they mail you a college "degree" on fancy paper for you to frame and hang on your "I love me" wall. They are not real. They are not accredited.

Another topic:
I always wondered how real colleges give out "honorary" degrees to people. If I get an honorary doctorate from a real college; and I a doctor in that field? Seems stupid to me. I guess if you donate enough money to a college you can get an honorary degree. It should be a doctorate of brown nosing. Almost the same as "life experience" degrees, but you normally have the undergrad degree already.

7576FO
09-05-2007, 03:28 PM
From what I understand, it is a "company" (not a real college) who gives you a degree based on your life experience. Like it equals a college degree; assuming you have life experience. You send them money and tell them what life experience you have and they mail you a college "degree" on fancy paper for you to frame and hang on your "I love me" wall. They are not real. They are not accredited.

Another topic:
I always wondered how real colleges give out "honorary" degrees to people. If I get an honorary doctorate from a real college; and I a doctor in that field? Seems stupid to me. I guess if you donate enough money to a college you can get an honorary degree. It should be a doctorate of brown nosing. Almost the same as "life experience" degrees, but you normally have the undergrad degree already.

Great observation! You have movie stars getting honorary degrees from Ivy League Schools.

But as far as Airline interviewing, it would suck to have the job offer and then get a letter saying your college was Uncredited.

daytonaflyer
09-05-2007, 03:38 PM
Whatever you do, don't apply for a job using a "Life Experience Degree". Not only are they bogus degrees from diploma mills, they are actually illegal in many states.

If you knowingly apply to and get hired by an employer using a false diploma from one of those "schools", and they find out, not only will you promptly get terminated, but you could be prosecuted to.

mundo1
09-05-2007, 07:19 PM
Does any one know if the major airlines like Delta accept a Life Experience degree from online schools? If not what type of online schools do they except?

For the most part, "Life Experience Degrees," are issued by degree mills - unaccredited institutions and universities. Fake degrees are illegal in some states; thus, you want to stay far away from them.

As a long time distance learner, I can tell you that there are many accredited universities that offer online and correspondence courses. In fact, all of my postsecondary education has been acquired via distance learning (DL).

If you find that your career has stagnated because of the lack of a degree, look at your local community colleges and universities - most major universities offer online classes, and in some cases entire degree programs via DL.

Also, there are many accredited DL schools (online) which offer many degree options. When looking at a school your primary concern should be accreditation. Follow these links to learn about accreditation as well as a list of which accrediting agencies are approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Department of Education:

http://www.chea.org/default.asp (http://www.chea.org/default.asp)

http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation.html#Overview

A good starting point in your search for an accredited DL degree is this website:

http://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/index.asp (http://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/index.asp)

I would not be too concerned about DL degree acceptance as long as it is properly accredited.

Good luck,

P

maximaman
09-05-2007, 09:30 PM
Maybe when students finish at ATP they should mail you a life experience degree for an additional 5 thousand dollars.

mundo1
09-06-2007, 05:52 AM
Maybe when students finish at ATP they should mail you a life experience degree for an additional 5 thousand dollars.

Actually, there are schools that will award college credit for FAA certificates. In many cases a student can get up to 36 credits for his/her flying experience.

Embry Riddle, Thomas Edison State College, Utah Valley State College, and California Coast University are some of the schools that will award academic credit for FAA certificates. So technically, your statement is partially correct; after finishing at "ATP," one can enter college with a healthy number of credits.

http://www.erau.edu/ec/wwc/awarding-credit.html/#asc (http://www.erau.edu/ec/wwc/awarding-credit.html/#asc)

http://www.uvscaviation.com/ (http://www.uvscaviation.com/)

http://www.tesc.edu/716.php (http://www.tesc.edu/716.php)

http://www.calcoast.edu/specialized_training.php (http://www.calcoast.edu/specialized_training.php)

Take care,

P

Spartan07
09-06-2007, 11:46 AM
There's a huge difference between 'Life Experience' degrees and awarding college credit for formal training and test taking.

x183
09-06-2007, 12:27 PM
Life experience degree= Bull**it. Plain and simple. Education is a way to improve yourself- not just get a better paying job. Once you have actually improved yourself, the job thing will come as a direct result of you being a more well rounded human being. It does not matter where you go to school. 4yr univ., comm. college, correspondence course (distance learning). All education is self inflicted, especially beyond high school. If you don't want to do it- you don't have to. Obtaining an advanced degree tells a potential employer that you are capable of working without direct supervision (e.g.- someone standing over you with a proverbial bullwhip to make sure you do what you're supposed to). The only exceptions to the above rule would apply to very specialized regimes of study (Law school, accounting, etc.). I applaud anyone who takes the step of furthering their education later in life- but do it for the right reason- to improve yourself. Also, make sure you study something you're actually interested in- you'll get a lot more out of it. Studying something just because you THINK the HR person will like it is a waste of your time and money.

mundo1
09-06-2007, 12:58 PM
There's a huge difference between 'Life Experience' degrees and awarding college credit for formal training and test taking.


I agree. That's why I said to maximaman that he was partially correct. My comment was in response to his sarcasm.

Take care,

P

Thedude
09-06-2007, 05:24 PM
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I always wondered how real colleges give out "honorary" degrees to people. If I get an honorary doctorate from a real college; and I a doctor in that field? Seems stupid to me.


Whats even worse is that some of those individuals refer to themselves as Dr once the "honorary" degree has been bestowed.

x183
09-06-2007, 05:38 PM
Whats even worse is that some of those individuals refer to themselves as Dr once the "honorary" degree has been bestowed.

I think everyone has the wrong idea about the "honorary degree". An honorary degree is like the mayor giving you the key to the city. It doesn't actually open any doors, at least in a literal sense anyway. It doesn't mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you want, run amok, etc. All it means is that you are always welcome, and that you're accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Most certainly, an honorary degree is in no way recognized as any sort of educational achievment.

I apologize in advance if the preceeding discussion about honorary degrees was entirely satirical in nature- but it really seemed like no one understood the concept. I've never heard anyone with an honorary actually refer to themselves as a Ph.D/M.D./etc. unless they actually were one to begin with. That would be pretty laughable.

newKnow
09-06-2007, 09:19 PM
Does any one know if the major airlines like Delta accept a Life Experience degree from online schools? If not what type of online schools do they except?

I think the only thing they will accept is the fact that you sent in for the degree. Then they will look for your degree from an accredited university.

rickair7777
09-07-2007, 05:22 PM
If you apply and interview with a major airline claiming a life experience degree you very quickly acquire even more "Life Experience".

newKnow
09-07-2007, 08:29 PM
They might call you in to see what you look like. Just kidding.

Why not just apply and see what happens. If they don't like it, apply somewhere else.



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