B17GEAA
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Future in Aviation Industry

Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:12 pm

Hello, I am currently finishing out high school and am seeking out career options in the aviation industry. I have already made up my mind that I would like to attend the University of North Dakota. I will for sure be majoring in commercial aviation (fixed wing), but I am thinking of a fall back major/minor if something happens down the line. Would it be possible, or realistic for that matter, to double major doing both commercial aviation and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering (aerospace)?

Thanks for the help.
 
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Future in Aviation Industry

Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:34 pm

You’re asking the right questions!

My advice is get a single degree so you can focus on getting your flight hours and get to a major airline faster. The second degree may help getting hired at a major but not as much as you may think. Once you’ve graduated with a single degree and if you still want to pursue a second, I’d do something online so you can fill your time on layovers when at a regional.

Pick a minor outside of aviation so you can stay marketable outside the industry should your passions change over their years.

Bottom line is, how quickly do you want to get to a major? Keep in mind, incomplete degree attempts could be as much of a hindrance to getting hired as having a second degree may help you. So if you pursue a second degree it’s best to see it to completion. At he same time, think of the time you could be flying while going after that second degree.
 
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Re: Future in Aviation Industry

Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:10 am

Thank you so much! This question has been on my mind for months. What would you say is a good minor?
 
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Re: Future in Aviation Industry

Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:21 am

B17GEAA wrote:
Thank you so much! This question has been on my mind for months. What would you say is a good minor?


Your mechanical engineering idea sounds pretty good to me. As I see it if you want to have many options open study one of the following:
- Subjects that deal with numbers, e.g. physics and engineering, tend to be useful even if you don't work in those fields.
- Finance. Even if you don't work in finance or accounting or whatever, having a good grasp of the concepts is very useful in any company.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - John Ringo
 
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Re: Future in Aviation Industry

Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:59 am

B17GEAA wrote:
Thank you so much! This question has been on my mind for months. What would you say is a good minor?


“Good” is relative. I would pick something else you’re interested in outside of aviation. The possibilities are endless so only you can answer that. I do know some majors will weigh the degree of difficulty of a degree or minor against the actual GPA. Higher difficulty usually means it’s acceptable to have a lower GPA and vice versa. Always shoot for the best grades of course.
 
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Re: Future in Aviation Industry

Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:41 am

ilovelamp wrote:
B17GEAA wrote:
Thank you so much! This question has been on my mind for months. What would you say is a good minor?


“Good” is relative. I would pick something else you’re interested in outside of aviation. The possibilities are endless so only you can answer that. I do know some majors will weigh the degree of difficulty of a degree or minor against the actual GPA. Higher difficulty usually means it’s acceptable to have a lower GPA and vice versa. Always shoot for the best grades of course.


You're so young; if you don't do aviation then your minor should be broadly applicable for whatever person you will become.
Philosophy majors actually have higher average earnings than anyone else. That might be because smarter folks self-select in to philosophy, but I doubt it. Philosophy teaches you to think with analytical precision about issues. That skill is transferable to every skilled area of employment and most of life.
Just make sure your university emphasizes the Anglo-American analytical tradition and avoid the French (and some German) schools - they teach you to "think" in abstruse jargon, obfuscating issues more than clarifying them.
 
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Re: Future in Aviation Industry

Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:23 pm

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