My nephew in Alabama has had a couple conversations with Delta Global people in BHM and expects a final meeting and job offer next week. He's attending university and the position is for part time ramp agent. I think the pay is $7.50 an hour and no health benefits. The flight benefits are (I think) unlimited domestic Delta flights and 18 transoceanic flight days a year without service charge on Delta, at one priority lower than mainline employees. No ID-90 or travel priveleges on other airlines. (a little fuzzy on flight benefits). He has health insurance elsewhere.
I told him I think its a great first step into the airline business, which is his interest, and while the flight benefits are less than mainline, they are geat for a single guy with a flexible schedule.
What do you guys think of this job, keeping in mind the money is not as important to him as getting experience in the industry? Any career path suggestions if he eventually wants to work for an airline on the business/HQ side? Maybe an MBA after college?
Do you think a year or more at DGS is a solid first step towards a later position with mainline Delta or other mainline carrier?
...or is DGS and other ground handlers kind of looked down upon by DL mainline?
Any thoughts or advice on the job, work conditions, benefits, or anything really are very appreciated.