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Have To Choose B/n Purdue & Erau For Airline Mgmt.  
User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Hello,

I recently got accepted as a transfer student into Purdue University into the Aviation Administration Technology Program, and into Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach) as an Aviation Management major.

From as objective views as possible, and all other things being equal --let's say I have exactly half of my requirements at both schools already credite, what would you choose and why?

I'm just trying to cover all my bases... heaven (and pocketbook) knows I can ill afford to waste any more time.

I really want to make the right decision, and you wouldn't believe how much input I'm taking from all different types of people, especially aviation industry peeps.

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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6176 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Hi Hassin!
Congratulations on getting accepted into both schools.
You visited both schools.
Which school made you feel more comfortable?
What school did you like more, overall?
What school seems more organized? Im sure Riddle looses on this one
I'll tell you somethng Riddle is the school I attend (so Im not going to bash it) and it's a prety good school but I've also heard Purdue is an excellent school. Think it over and see which one suits you more.
Chepos





Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1736 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Hey Airworthy,

I would have to agree with chepos, take a close look at both and see which one seems more like your type. I think they are both pretty much equal. I attend ERAU and studying Avistion Business Admin and it has its ups and downs like every other school out there.

SR 103  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineDelta767-400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 228 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

I am also looking at both school I like Purdue, but the city is very small, don't know if you have been there I lived in Zionsvill Indiana. Anyway like the others said do what's best for you.

BTW Most aviation people I talked to say they would have rather gone to Purdue then other school.


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Hass:

Come to Purdue University. There are a lot of airlines that prefer Purdue graduates. We are also one of a handful of schools which the FAA accepts graduates from to go into ATC.

Our aviation program is world-class and we're the model every other aviation school in the country looks to.

I'm not just saying this because I go here. I'm saying this because it's a fact. There are a number of airline pilots who agree with me on this and some even went to different schools.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Hass:

How's the decisionmaking coming along?

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Hass:

Congrats on the acceptance! I probably sound like a broken record, but I still think you should stick with Berkeley and go for an MBA (or masters) at ERAU or Purdue. But if you really want to go to an aviation school, I'd personally visit with the professors and department deans of each school, and see who you jive with the best. Remember, "business management" is a degree you should be able to take into any job/field. I'm not sure it's a good idea to totally concentrate on aviation for your mgmt bachelors degree, that's what you’re supposed to do in graduate school.

-Sean




User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your comments and sorry for taking so long to respond (this weekend was very busy for me).

Most people have suggested Purdue to me, as it is known as a "real" University. However, I did receive an e-mail from a Purdue grad of the AvAdm degree (into Marketing like I am) who told me he was disappointed in the heavy operational-focus of the school... are you finding this Neil? Anyhow, look for an e-mail from me.

Sean, it was my plan to get specific for my undergrad, then get a Harvard MBA (shooting for this!) for my graduate education. I figure, many of the top airline CEOs of all time had MBA's, and most successful businessmen have them. But thanks for looking out for me though  Smile

I've already gotten to sample much of the 3rd best undergrad biz school in the country at Berkeley, and found that I really needed to be studying aviation to do successfully. (Haas is mostly full of cutthroat overly serious and preppy students... and the classes (while valuable) really aren't what I want to be studying, being so general and all). E-mail me about when you're coming to the Bay.

Well, I have a full 18 days to decide... so I will by non-reving to IND and DAB one more time each to shadow summer school classes. Neil, are you taking summe school?

Thanks again,
Hass


User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

If you are headed to management, go with Purdue, it will look better on the resume. For top management, an MBA from Harvard is a must--you have to get into the 'buddy-club'.

Go to work for an airline or airlines and find out how to do things right. The people doing the grunt work for the airline are what make it a success. Example, SWA.

But, bad management decisions can kill any airline. Just look at UAL's summer of discontent a couple of years ago--management overscheduled the system. Same with TWA in '96.

If you just want to drive airplanes, go to ER(avoid the "flight team"--Geek central!)--why beat yourself up with academics when you just want to fly.TC



FL450, M.85
User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

Just playing devil's advocate.....

you should look at all the VPs and Presidents and CEOs of all the major airlines...

none of them have a degree in airline management *koff*

A degree in a field doesn't mean you'll get a job in it...

-n


User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

you should look at all the VPs and Presidents and CEOs of all the major airlines...
none of them have a degree in airline management *koff*


Never said they did. But most of them have MBAs. And many of the best came from that Harvard "club".

A degree in a field doesn't mean you'll get a job in it...

It doesn't mean you *won't* get a job in it, either. What would I rather do, get an undergrad degree in anything other than aviation and be bored out of my mind? Or study aviation and be inspired at the very least?

It's not just a long-term solution (career direction) to a short-term problem (boredom). It's a short-term solution to a shrot-term problem.


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Most people have suggested Purdue to me, as it is known as a "real" University. However, I did receive an e-mail from a Purdue grad of the AvAdm degree (into Marketing like I am) who told me he was disappointed in the heavy operational-focus of the school... are you finding this Neil? Anyhow, look for an e-mail from me.

You'll have to define "operational-focus" for me. I have no beefs with the program at Purdue whatsoever. In fact, I have found it to be well balanced. I may mitch and bone about the workload and some of the classes, but who doesn't? In the end, I am very satisfied with my decision.

I shall look forward to your email.

Have a good day!

- Neil Harrison


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