Geoff Vader wrote:
I do not agree that a degree is necessary for ATC...I assume ATC is what you are asking about Scott25?
I certainly have not got one, I left school at 16 ( ATC for 35 years) and am a firm believer that just because you have "proof you can study" does not mean you will hack ATC. I have seen many people that have hit the high 90s in bookwork who simply could not do the job practically and could equally show you many that stank at the bookwork but were natural controllers being able to see what the bookwork was all about only when sat in front of a radar screen and not before. Sure, life experiences are important but the bottom line is you can either do this job or you can't. I am not being pretentious or self important I just think thats the way it is.
If you are contemplating ATC then I wish you good luck, we need the staff!! My advice would be if you are pre-university then apply and if you are successful then you (or your parents) have saved a lot of money and you are earning good money at a young age. If not then you can do Uni whilst you are still young.
If it means anything then a recent course at my unit had an age range of 20-40. there were 2 successful check outs......the two youngest. ( Not intended to be ageist in any way) .
Good luck in your life whatever you choose to do. If you want any help or advice (ATC only) pm me.
Interesting read! How young were the two candidates when they checked out?