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Old 06-10-2006, 06:26 PM
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Hey, I just read this post by Sean and it talks about being stupid for getting an aviation degree. Im a Canadian high school student living just outside of Totonto and I was planning on being an airline pilot (like everyone else) in the future and going to Seneca College for and Applied Flight Technology Degree. Is this bad? I thought that getting a degree relating to what you'll be doing for the rest of your life would be good. Please Explain.
 
Old 06-10-2006, 08:34 PM
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Some, but not all, airlines require a four year degree. They couldn't care less what that degree is in. With how the aviation industry is now, it is a good idea to have a back up career idea, or some other way of making money if the airline you work for lays you off or goes out of buisness and leaves you jobless. Therefore, you are better off getting a BS in Accounting or business or something that you can fall back on, being that the airlines don't care what your degree is in anyways. This could be helpfull to some corporate jobs because they know that you will be able to do things other than fly a plane.

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Old 06-11-2006, 02:58 PM
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That makes alot of sence, thanks, and there are other things I want to do anyways, flying is just #1 for me.
 
Old 06-11-2006, 08:27 PM
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There are ways to do both. My degree was in aviation management, so it gave me what I consider a strong background in aviation, business, and airport operations so I could still work around planes even if I couldn't fly them. I found out later that a final I took in a class was "remarkably similiar" to the AAAE certification test so I figure I must have a pretty good starting off point. The long and short of it is, a degree is only as useful as you make it. There are people with aviation degrees that could get hired doing whatever they want and there are people with non-aviation degrees who couldn't work at McDonalds.
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:41 PM
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The advantage to getting an aviation degree is that many schools give you about a year's worth of credit for your ratings and flying experience. The airlines won't care what kind of degree you have. Unless you have a degree in labor negotiation or something. They wouldn't like that.
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Originally Posted by Wanderlust
The advantage to getting an aviation degree is that many schools give you about a year's worth of credit for your ratings and flying experience. The airlines won't care what kind of degree you have. Unless you have a degree in labor negotiation or something. They wouldn't like that.

Don't worry about the year of flying credit. In the long run your non-aviation related degree will be worth more. You need a four year degree not an aero science degree.

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Originally Posted by LAfrequentflyer
Don't worry about the year of flying credit. In the long run your non-aviation related degree will be worth more. You need a four year degree not an aero science degree.

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...but if you enjoy aviation and want to work in that INDUSTRY there is nothing wrong with an aviation degree. Just make sure it's something that will teach you more than how to be a pilot. Degrees such as Aviation Management, Aeronautical Science, Aviation Meterology, Aviation Human Factors, etc. are very useful in the aviation INDUSTRY outside of just being a pilot. Just because your degree says "Aviation" on it does not automatically mean you have to go be a pilot. As for how "useful" it is...that's a completely subjective statement...your degree is only as useful as you make it.
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