BA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 6 Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5643 times:
Not sure if this is the right thread but here goes.
My Sixth Form (college) tutors have advised us all to try and get work experience in the fields in which we are intereste pursuing careers in. I'm still very interested in becoming a pilot; my grades hit the spot and I've picked subjects which fit very nicely. Now, is it a waste of time e-mailing airlines that have bases at either LBA or MAN and asking what the chances are of getting some form of work experience with them? Now I understand that shadowing a pilot for a day or two is not going to happen, but what are the chances of me getting some ground based shadowing and what are the most likely things they will offer me?
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5630 times:
Quoting BA787 (Thread starter): Now, is it a waste of time e-mailing airlines that have bases at either LBA or MAN and asking what the chances are of getting some form of work experience with them?
Some airlines have intern programs for students. In the US Southwest Airlines has probably one of the largest and most competitive programs. Some airlines pay the interns, and some do not pay. I would ask for an unpaid internship in somewhere like their operations department or something like that. You won't earn money, but will get experience helping them out and if you are lucky, you might get free flight benefits. I know someone who did that with Skywest.
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IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5623 times:
You'd be better off trying with an FBO. Don't exclude the smaller GA airports. You may want to try with the airport authority as well to see what opportunities they could offer. Yet another option would be to talk to a flying club or pilot union, or pilot organization (like the British version of AOPA). Some groups offer pilot mentoring. But by all means try with the airlines too nothing ventured means nothing gained. The worst they could do is say no and it is not unheard of in the industry.
Oneworld77 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5592 times:
You could also try some of the 'private' airline companies. The one's that lease their aircraft to individuals or companies.
Also, have you the smaller companies, such as the one that flies from Southend to Caen or Deauville? (Sorry I've forgotten all their names!).
Otherwise, use your contacts or those of your career advisor? Is there a mates parents cousin who works for one of the carriers?
Also try community groups, when I worked for BA, they had a large connection with quite a number of youth groups in the West London/Middlesex areas. Is there similar with Jet2 and LBA or BMI and EMA/MAN?
Good luck. One word of caution, get a degree that means you can work outside of the industry for a while or be prepared to move abroad. I have friends who despite their languages and/or experience can't/won't get a job where aviation is booming. I've bounced between the public sector and this industry twice now, with each up/down swing.