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Old 10-15-2017, 11:11 PM   #11  
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Your timeline is possible but like the others said, enjoy the ride. I went to a regional right out of UND at 22 and thought I'd be at a legacy by 28. Unfortunately I was still an FO at that regional at 28, so I had to make a few more moves before finally hitting a legacy at 32. All in all, it's been a blast and looking back some of the other jobs I had will probably be the most memorable when I retire one day.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:05 AM   #12  
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One thing's for certain... There's no certainty in this industry.

I went to college, averaged 16-18 credits a semester, did an internship with a major, busted my a$$ only to graduate in 2009 (22 y-o) right after the great recession where nobody was hiring, including the regionals. I scavenged a job instructing at a local FBO in 2010 and moved up in the ranks, got hired at ExpressJet in 2012 (25y-o) then United in 2015 (28 y-o).

Your foresight is a great trait, and so is your motivation. As others have said, don't burn any bridges, stick to your goals, and reduce distractions. You're in college for a reason. I've seen colleagues miss their chance at a legacy job because of short-comings or mistakes in their college years. Be humble in this industry.

All that being said, have fun along the ride because you'll eventually make it to that dream job and look back and wonder if it was worth it.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:56 AM   #13  
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As the previous poster said, "There's no certainty in this industry". Obviously, you are pursuing a BS in Aviation. Would you consider pursuing a minor in aviation and a Bachelors in something with utility if Plan A doesn't pan out? Perhaps a double major? I know you are eligible for the 1000 hour RATP with the BS but perhaps you can get the 1250 hour RATP with an approved associates and a Bachelors in Business, Accounting, Engineering, Computer Science or some other discipline besides Aviation. I understand your eagerness to rush through the process and get a seniority number. However, you are young and getting the "right" education is a lot easier now than later! All I'm saying is to be strategic in your choices, having a backup plan in case everything tanks. All the best!
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