*HighFlyah* From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
I'm a fresh college grad from a top 25 university in Boston, recently moved to Chicago for law school, but am contemplating on not going that route because it really does not interest me. I've always had a deep passion for the airlines and aviation in general, and can exhibit a strong interest in airline operations. I truly believe I can enhance my life more by working in something that I am truly passionate about than to be not even half-interested in the study of law.
I graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology and am most interested in the business and sales/marketing side of airlines, especially for United since they are based here in Chicago. I'm looking for any advice you wise people can give me on how people have, and perhaps I could, start working for United and whether or not there are certain areas that would help my aim of climbing the corporate ranks in United one day. I am fluent in English and Cantonese as well as Mandarin.
I know this seems like a fairly off-topic post, but I am thirsty for good advice.
TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
My advice to you regarding an airline job (at any carrier) is as follows:
(1). Don't set your sights too high initially.
(2). Develop contacts on the inside.
(3). Attend job fairs.
(4). Go to UAL's website and search for yourself.
(5). Don't rule out smaller airlines.
If you have your heart set on UAL, in your case, you should probably best start out as a CSR or Flight Attendant. This gives you exposure to the front lines. Even though an airline may advertise for non entry level positions, most openings are filled (preferentially) internally by people who have "been there, done that". It's much better to hire someone with knowledge of the culture and internal procedures. If you have the willingness and desire to move up, it's possible (except at Midwest Express)--especially if you have a winning reputation.
Might not be the answer you wanted to hear, but be willing to start small. Managerial, marketing, and operations positions tend to be few and far between at airlines. Again, most aren't advertised externally. If you want it bad enough don't be afraid to swallow a little pride-- It took me over 6 years and four different airlines to get to UAL and my seniority number reflects it.