Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
Oh yeah, a degree in aviation management will definitly help in securing a job with an airline. Just think about the advantage that you will have over someone with just a normal business admin. degree. An aviation management degree will secure you a job in ops., airport management, dispatch, or scheduling. Go for it! Once I transfer, that is what I will most likely major in. Go for it!
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7859 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
Guildhall university does not have a very good reputation. I would personally recommend a business degree, and afterwards specializing. With this degree, you are very specialized into working for an airline. For the next few years the aviation market for jobs will be very depressed indeed. Keep your options open. Perhaps choose a transport or travel degree...
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Depends what kind of job you want. If you are attracted to the management side of running an airline, then absolutely go for it! Some airlines even require graduate trainees to have a business-oriented degree, so this will definitely stand you in good stead.
On the other hand, some airlines just require you to have 'a' degree in any discipline; for example, BA's management trainee program (when it was last open) required a degree in any discipline.
You might want to check out Cranfield University's website; there is quite a lot of info there, related to aviation management degrees. You could really go on to do any job you liked though - doesn't necessarily have to be in the field of aviation. You could still become a pilot, an aviation analyst, management consultant (yuck...).....whatever.
I'd skim through a few books if I were you, just so that you get a flavour of what it's like. I was once interested in taking an aviation management course until I read on of the Airline Finance books......yuck! To darn complicated for my simple mind!
Check out 'Flying off-course' by Rigas Doganis (any edition, although the 3rd is the newest I think). That's a fairly good summary of what you can expect.
'Cleared for take-off' by Thomas Lawton (Ashgate Publishing) is quite interesting, if you're interested in low-cost airline economics (especially on the Ryanair business model, which the book worships...)
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
I have a friend doing a travel and tourism degree at Manchester Metropolitan and he hopes to go into the aviation sector. The benefit of such a degree, as with a business one is that it doesn't limit your career prospects to one job and will put u in the right field allowing you to then specialise in a certain area once you graduate. Good luck with your uni applications, have you applied anywhere else?