I am 17 years old, live in London and I am yet to complete my German abitur in 2007...in the English university system (ucas) we have to apply next year so obviously I am having thoughts about what to study. First of all it has always been THE dream to become airliner pilot...to go back to Germany to try to get into LH is really hard and on top of them only taking like 120 out of 10000 applicants per year (non actually at the moment I believe) I would also have to complete a year of voluntary work (zivil dienst) or be lucky and avoid the military service because of health issues. (which could be a problem when trying to become pilot though I suppose...). SO that's rather not the option.
SO England: what I'm looking at at the moment are things like studying 'Aviation Management' in Leeds or London Metro Uni.
- how are the chances of a good job in the industry
- do airlines/airports actually prefer applicants having studied this over say Business Students of really good Uni's
or become a pilot in England: I could simply ask my dad for a lot of money (PPL) or study 'Aviation Technology (Pilots Pathway)' which costs a lot as well though I guess...
- how save is it though to get a job as a pilot without having done the license at an airline where you're gonna get a job? (like at LH)
...having studied Aviation Management would provide me a much wider range of possible jobs in the future...however becoming a pilot would be the preferred option still...
I hope some of you with inside knowledge and experience of the industry might answer some of these questions...I hope its not confusing.
With best regards from beautiful London,
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