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College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:27 am

Just a question here for those who can help, My career goal is to become a Commerical Pilot, however I'm in Junior College right now trying to transfer to a 4-yr school. My major is HIstory, I feel that I excel at it more than most people I've come across and I dont get bored too much with it. However, there are many people that I've come across that have looked down on my decision to study history, as most of the jobs related to History majors are mostly teaching positions. I was wondering what are some jobs available outside of the teaching field for history majors? Just as an example, Bill O'reilly was a History major who is not a teacher.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:36 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
Bill O'reilly was a History major who is not a teacher.

Not a good example.  boggled 
Arizona had a history major as governor..really you will find history majors in all lines of work, the real key is to find something you like studying and getting a diploma at the end. Just getting a degree will open numerous doors for you, and besides as an history major you might be a better people person than someone that studies Business Admin. I've known history majors in criminal justice positions, television news, attorneys, heck my neighbor was a history major and he been flying for American Airlines for the past 17 years.
 
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:41 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
Bill O'reilly was a History major who is not a teacher.

Bill O'Reilly is an example of someone who's not using his major. Let's face it - what qualifications do you need to shout at people with differing opinions?  silly 

There are plenty of jobs you can get with a history major, just look at the list here:

http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm

In the end, History may turn out to be a much better choice than aviation. With the cost of training, the time away from home, the incredible volatility of the industry, and having to retire at 60; there's a lot you'd have to sacrifice to become a pilot. It's your choice, but I've made mine a couple of years ago and decided to keep aviation as a hobby only.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:42 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
history major you might be a better people person than someone that studies Business Admin. I've known history majors in criminal justice positions, television news, attorneys, heck my neighbor was a history major and he been flying for American Airlines for the past 17 years.

very true, History and Political science seem to have a wide variation of professionals. I've always seen the ones in college who are dont excel at anything always choose business administration. I would love to be like the last guy you mentioned, History major who flies, that what my goal is.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:44 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 2):
In the end, History may turn out to be a much better choice than aviation. With the cost of training, the time away from home, the incredible volatility of the industry, and having to retire at 60

well I like both, but Aviation is something I'm truly passionate about, and that goes for history too. The training in my area is under 20K not bad at all, but the boredom of living with my folks is killing me.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:49 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 4):
but the boredom of living with my folks is killing me.

Transfer to a 4 year school away from home which should bring a new experience to your life.
 
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:51 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 5):
Transfer to a 4 year school away from home which should bring a new experience to your life.

yeah, that is a good option too, but I am seriously considering joining the Navy, a good way to get a head start on life, save money and build some skills and demand some respect, lol.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:12 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 6):
demand some respect

I believe the word you are searching for is "command", not demand. Demanding respect in life will get you nowhere.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:05 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):
I believe the word you are searching for is "command", not demand. Demanding respect in life will get you nowhere.

yeah, poor choice of words on my behalf. But seriously, whenver you see a member of the armed forces in his unform, it does command respect, and I feel humbled by their sacrifice, and their "look" is something that I admire. That is one of the reason's why I want to Join, not to mention the financial incentives and the opportunity to work in an aviation related field in the navy.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:10 am

LAXspotter,

From what i' have heard, you want to do something along these lines:

A) Have some new experiences
B) Get a degree while getting your pilots licence
C) Go to a new college that includes living in a dorm or somewhere besides the place you are living in currently

My advice: Search for colleges with minors in History but majors in Aeronautical Science. If not, shoot for a good 4 year University that suits the needs you have.

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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:19 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 9):
Search for colleges with minors in History but majors in Aeronautical Science.

That should be the other way around. I know you know the aviation industry can be very fickle at times and it may be pretty hard to get the job. You should probably get a degree with something other than Aero Sci. just because you would have something to fall back upon in case getting a job never happens.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:23 am

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 10):
You should probably get a degree with something other than Aero Sci. just because you would have something to fall back upon in case getting a job never happens.

I concur completely. Ask anyone who is pursuing his/her degree and they will explain his/her backup plan. I'm going for Business right now and my back up plan is truck driving. My degree will help me start my own business as a owner operator or something along these lines.

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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:31 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 6):
yeah, that is a good option too, but I am seriously considering joining the Navy, a good way to get a head start on life,

Same path that I did, two years of community college, joined the Air Force, got my bachelors, OCS, resigned after 3 1/2 yrs when I couldn't pass the flight physical, joined the California Highway Patrol (very fun career), got my Masters in Education, taught part-time at a community college; joined the probation department - supervised a sex offender unit for 2 years, now supervising the initial appearance court for my county; so the bottom line is no matter what your major is, doors will open for you if you take advantage of the opportunities. Quite frankly, I feel that I have won the lottery, the way my life has turned out..
 
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:54 am

History? Really? Only you can decide the career path you want to make. You have to do what makes you most happy and don't listen to other people who are not in your situation. You only have one to life live, and don't waste it doing something you don't want to do. Good luck and God Bless.
 
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:19 am

Quoting Sacamojus (Reply 13):
History? Really? Only you can decide the career path you want to make. You have to do what makes you most happy and don't listen to other people who are not in your situation. You only have one to life live, and don't waste it doing

That's what I'm passionate about besides Aviation. I enjoy History, I believe I have critical analysis skills, and my writing isnt horrible either, so that is my chosen major. However, I was just curious about the opportunities.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:58 am

LAXSpotter, you and I should have a drink sometime! LOL....Aviation and History are two of my passions as well. I majored in History Education and while I loved the History part I really wish I didn't have the Education part attached to my degree because I feel it is hurting me in the job search since I don't want to teach anymore.

It's a fun degree but can be time consuming and requires tons of reading. If you are able to choose a topic to do a research paper on try and do it on aviation. I did a 20 page research project on CLT and while it was time consuming it was quite fun doing research on my local airport.

As for career opportunities, there is politics, going to law school if Aviation doesn't work out, and corporations hire History majors because History requires superb writing skills and critical analysis. My advice is if you want to get a history degree, get the history degree and stay away from the education part unless of course you want teach. As for the Navy thing, I actually looked into the Navy Officer Program while I was in college and was pretty close to signing on but backed out at the last minute. Be sure its something you really want to do because it is a big commitment.
 
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:48 am

If you're studying history you should know better than to get into this industry!
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:41 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):



Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
I'm in Junior College



Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
My major is HIstory



Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 6):
yeah, that is a good option too, but I am seriously considering joining the Navy,

Oh my god the similarities between you and me are amazing!  Wow!

Your username is almost the same as mine with the exception of the airport code, I'm in junior college as well, my major is history, I want to transfer to a four year college, and I am seriously considering joining the military! (However I DON'T live with my parents!)  Silly
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:51 pm

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 9):
My advice: Search for colleges with minors in History but majors in Aeronautical Science. If not, shoot for a good 4 year University that suits the needs you have.

Some good ones might be:

University of Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa)

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas) (I just recently transfered from this school, very good school with strong flagship aeronautical science department). www.letu.edu

Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)

Embry Riddle University (Prescott, AZ or Daytona Beach, FL)

Florida Institute of Technology a.k.a. Florida Tech (Melbourne, FL)

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)

And there are countless more to choose from.... These are just a few off the top of my head that have good 4 year aviation departments.
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RE: College Major Question

Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:27 pm

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 15):
LAXSpotter, you and I should have a drink sometime! LOL....Aviation and History are two of my passions as well

sure, as long as they're soft drinks, LOL

Quoting Molykote (Reply 16):
you should know better than to get into this industry!

true, but I really like the "idea" of flying for money.

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 17):
(However I DON'T live with my parents!)

Thats what I need to do.

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 18):
Some good ones might be:

University of Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa)

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas) (I just recently transfered from this school, very good school with strong flagship aeronautical science department). www.letu.edu

Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)

Embry Riddle University (Prescott, AZ or Daytona Beach, FL)

Florida Institute of Technology a.k.a. Florida Tech (Melbourne, FL)

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)

And there are countless more to choose from.... These are just a few off the top of my head that have good 4 year aviation departments.

True, but generally going to a 4-yr aviation school costs way too much and isnt the best thing to do. All i need is about 20K and I can be well on my way to going to flight school.
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