Hello all -
I've done quite a bit of searching on this forum (not to mention tons of independent research), and it seems that the industry concensus is that for someone with little or no aviation background, there are but two dispatch schools to seriously consider: FlightSafety International and The Sheffield School of Aeronautics.
I'm located only a few miles from LGA, so FSI would seem the obvious choice, but I'd like to be sure that I'm making the right decision.
Certainly, FSI's reputation preceeds it, but the information Sheffield has provided me with has contained an overwhelming amount of wonderful success stories and other encouraging literature. The folder FSI mailed doesn't compare.
Is this simply an FSI marketing fault, or is Sheffield really the place to go? If anyone would like to voice their opinion on this (or even suggest another training facility), I'd be happy to hear it. I'm hoping you guys can help me to figure out the best way to get into the business (from scratch!).
Also, I have a few other questions:
1.) How much advance studying/reading/prep time (before the course begins) would you recommend for someone with little or no aviation background?
2.) Are there any statistics available showing how many recent graduates (of either school) have been successfully hired, and how long it took them after graduation to secure employment?
3.) Is there any information out there on which companies are currently (or have recently been) hiring those candidates?
4.) If there are any current dispatchers plying this forum, I'd be really interested to hear about their job specifically... Are you enjoying the position? What's your take on opportunities for advancement in the field? How long did it take you to achieve the seniority necessary to work on a schedule aligned with your preference? ...I'll welcome personal replies to my e-mail address as well, if you'd prefer.
Thanks so much for your time, guys (sorry for the long post!). Any input at all that you industry pros might have to offer would be really appreciated. Thanks again!