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Career Advice For Airline Industry

Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:31 pm

So here is the deal, I've been unemployed for the last 5 months. I've always wanted to work in the airline industry since I took my first flight...and I recently interviewed for a position in the industry. Question is - is it worth taking a MAJOR paycut to take a job in airline field? Is the airline industry easy to grow within?
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RE: Career Advice For Airline Industry

Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:38 pm

No and no. Thats the short answer.

I got into this industry because I grew up in it. I'm a third generation airline employee and all I have ever wanted to do was work on airplanes. I do, and have for the past several years.

I went into this industry knowing the risks, and at the end of the day, I'm happy with my job. I don't do it for the money - no one should ever entertain the thought of coming into this industry for the money ... I do it for the love of airplanes and the love of this industry and what it once was. I fear what it is becoming and what it will devolve into ... but once you're bitten by the bug, it never gets out of your blood.

Trust me, I spend many days and nights wishing I had made a different career choice for financial reasons. But then I walk on the airplane the next morning and realize I'd rather be broke and happy than slaving away at a desk 40 hours a week, miserable, but financially secure.

Call me crazy.
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RE: Career Advice For Airline Industry

Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:30 pm

Quoting Nolanative (Thread starter):
Question is - is it worth taking a MAJOR paycut to take a job in airline field? Is the airline industry easy to grow within?

Absolutely not to either question. No way. Nyet. Non. Nein. Do not even contemplate this folly. Seriously.
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RE: Career Advice For Airline Industry

Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:36 am

Well this is my passion, although I don't make a lot of money I really enjoy my job. My answer would be No unless your very passionate about aviation. I'm 24 and have already been furloughed once. But once you get in the industry with a entry level position, and clear your probation period it is easy to move around in the company.
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RE: Career Advice For Airline Industry

Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:52 pm

No. If you're willing to go abroad in search of an airline job, it might be worth the effort. Otherwise, find some other field to work in. Airlines here in the US are going to be trimming workforce and fleets to meet the hard financial realities of today. Realistically speaking, one of the majors will probably disappear before the year is out. The pilot shortage disappeared in the US in a heartbeat and the airlines have too many employees in the flight attendant department for the continually shrinking fleets to support.
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RE: Career Advice For Airline Industry

Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:38 am

I think all of the advice above is right on the money.

I would find a decent paying job in another field and then I would maybe work part-time for the flight benefits. Try a regional such as Mesaba or Pinnacle. Try a small station where you might work 16-20 hours a week.

AND then I would do as much travelling as possible and I would take FLYING lessons so as to really enjoy flying.

That's what I have decided to do.


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