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Flying High: Is Becoming A Pilot Your Dream Job?

A lot of people have dreams of becoming a pilot. However, they brush it off because they assume it is going to be too expensive and too difficult to get involved in. While there is no denying that pilot training is highly competitive and costly, there is also an increase in the demand for pilots. This means you could travel the world while enjoying a career that is full of responsibility. You certainly should not dismiss this dream before exploring it further. So, with that being said, read on to discover everything you need to know…

 

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An introduction

If you make it as an airline pilot, you will fly passengers on short or long-haul flights for commercial, business, and leisure purposes. In most cases, an aircraft will demand two pilots for operations. One will be the pilot who is in command, i.e. the pilot. The other is going to be the supporting first officer. To prevent fatigue, pilots will take it in turns to operate the plane. One will complete paperwork and speak to air traffic control while the other operates the controls. For long-haul flights, there may be more pilots on board for the necessary breaks.

 

What qualifications do you need to become a pilot?

If you are going to start training as a pilot, you will need at last two A-levels and five GCSEs. You also need to have a good knowledge of physics and maths, so it is certainly advantageous if your qualifications showcase this. You do not need to have a postgraduate qualification or degree. However, this can most certainly help you to stand out from the crowd. ACS rounds up the best aviation courses from universities across the UK so this is a great starting point. No matter what route you do go down, if you are to become a commercial/airline pilot, you are going to need to acquire an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). There are two clear routes to go down to acquire this, i.e. either through modular training or an integrated course.

 

Your responsibilities

The next thing you need to understand when determining whether or not this is the right career for you is the responsibilities you are going to have. As a pilot, you will need to make sure you do all of the following:

 

  • Update and the aircraft logbook and write a report once the flight is over to note any issues with the aircraft or incidents during the flight.
  • React appropriately and quickly to any emergencies and environmental changes.
  • Use the public address system to communicate with passengers.
  • Make regular checks on air traffic, weather conditions, the aircraft’s position, and the aircraft’s technical performance.
  • Use controls and instruments and understand and interpret the data from them.
  • Make sure that noise regulations are adhered to when landing and taking off.
  • Communicate with air traffic control.
  • Carry out checks before the flight on the operating and navigation systems.
  • Brief the cabin crew before your flight and stay in contact with them throughout.
  • Ensure that all of the safety systems are in working order.
  • Make sure that fuel levels balance economy and safety.
  • Supervise when the aircraft is being fuelled and loaded.
  • Create a flight plan.
  • Receive information on the aircraft, passengers, weather, and route.

 

As you will have already gathered, there is no such thing as a 9-to-5 job if you are a pilot. The route you are taking and the company you work for will dictate the length of your working day, meaning it can be anything from around three hours to 12 hours.

 

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Some of the things you should expect when working as a pilot

Hopefully, you are starting to build a bit of a picture regarding what you should expect when you are working as a pilot. However, there are a few other things that this role demands. So, let’s take a look…

 

  • You are going to need to be dedicated and prepared for a lot of work. Every six months, you will be expected to pass certain tests. You will also need to pass a medical on a yearly basis.
  • You are going to spend the majority of your time sitting in the cockpit. While they are designed with comfort in mind, you could find yourself suffering tiredness, especially when flying through different time zones.
  • More and more women are entering this profession, although it is still dominated by men at the moment.
  • Per year, a pilot is not allowed to fly for more than 900 hours.
  • You can have a little bit more of a stable work-life balance if you work for a short-haul airline. Generally, you will get your shifts a month or two in advance. However, do prepared to be on call as well.
  • Because of the above point, you should live near to the airport where you are based because you will be expected to get there on relatively short notice at times.

 

How much can you earn?

Let’s get to the good stuff… how much can you earn as a pilot? Starting salaries are between £24,000 and £29,000 for newly qualified first officers. Once you get more experience, you can expect between £36,000 and £48,000 for a first officer role. This increases to £57,000 – £78,000 for captaining a medium-sized aircraft. If you are an employee of one of the main operators, this can increase to anything between £97,000 to £140,000, and more!

 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what it takes to become a pilot in today’s day and age, as well as what your job will entail. While there is no denying that this is a difficult career path to go down, it is certainly worth it. You will enjoy one of the most fulfilling careers, and it is financially rewarding too!

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The Secrets to Getting that Dream Job

Some people know what job they want to do from when they are very young, and others have no idea at all. To find what might be your dream job you, first of all, need to do some research into what different jobs actually involve. There are some that can sound quite glamorous, but when it comes down to it they are not as much fun as you might of first thought. Then there are others that will pay you a lot of money, but is it worth it if you dread going to work every day? A balance is what is needed. A job you will enjoy that pays you a reasonable salary.

 

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Research and Research Again

You can find out about working in marketing, the medical profession, the motor industry, tourism, baking, and all types of other jobs by searching online. There are sites that will let you know what duties will be expected of you in any job at all, and they will let you know what qualifications you need and what you can expect to earn.

You may find that you need to complete an online fnp course or to get extra qualifications in Math’s, for instance. These sites will give you that information so that you do not waste your time applying for jobs you are not qualified for. Of course, there are some jobs that no qualifications are needed for, and it could be that it is one of those that you want to be employed in.

Once you have some idea, it is good to look at the latest news for that particular industry and look at some of the websites for the large companies in your chosen area. They will often have press releases that will tell you more, and sometimes have a careers section where you might be able to apply for a job.

If you are lucky enough to get an interview this way, study the company and their values before you attend. Check out their social media site and find as much information as you can so that the interviewer knows you are interested in them.

 

Conduct Some Practice Interviews

It is a good idea to get some friends or colleagues to do some practice interviews with you. Different people will ask different questions, so if you can find a few people to help you with this it would be even better. If you know anyone that works in the field you are trying to get into, it would be great if they could be one of the pretend interviewers.

If you are a school leaver or changing your career path, there can be questions asked that will make you seek out answers. It is not as good as on the job learning, but it can be useful if it makes you seek out more information before your real interview.

 

Sell Yourself

While still being truthful, you need to sell yourself in any cover letter and your CV. These are the first impression any prospective employer sees and first impressions count. Make sure your CV highlights your strengths, and do not be afraid to admit to some weaknesses as well. That shows honesty, which will always go down well with anyone seeking to employ people.

Your CV should be targeted at the industry you want to work in, and the language should be clear and concise. If you need help putting your CV together, you will find examples on the Internet of CV’s relating to many different industries. Use the tools that are online to help you, and give yourself more chance of getting that dream job.

For some employers, experience is as important as qualifications. Although you should let them know all about your education, previous employment and what qualifications you have, do not forget to tell them about any skills you have learned through experience. You may think they do not relate to the job you are after, the prospective employer may think otherwise.

 

 

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Make Your Online Presence Good

It is not unusual these days for employers to check people out on social media before they meet them. Check all your post on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and delete any that might be an embarrassment. If you have a LinkedIn profile, make it look as good as you can. Include a few phrases that could relate to the job you are after so that when they look at you they will see the type of person they are after.

Don’t forget that employers sometimes search these sites looking for people who might be suitable for a position they have. Make sure your posts or profile have some keywords in them that will make it more likely they find you.

 

Be Prepared For The Interview

So the day has arrived where you are finally going to have an interview for your dream job. What should you have done to make sure you are well prepared? Hopefully, you will have practised the details of your work and education history so that when asked about them you can answer in a confident manner.  This will usually be the first part of any interview, and if you are not confident over these matters, it will not look good moving forward.

Don’t be surprised if they ask you about any interests or hobbies you have. This helps them to evaluate what sort of character you are and how well you interact with other people. Be prepared to discuss your interests as much as they want, as it could be the way you handle this part of the interview that wins you the job.

One last tip for your interview. If you are going for a job as an office manager, just as an example, don’t turn up in jeans and a t-shirt. Dress appropriately for the job you are after, as before you even open your mouth the way you look is important.

 

When you feel the interview is coming to a close, ask any questions you have. These should not be about how much holiday entitlement you will have but perhaps more along the line of the duties you will be expected to carry out. If you do not have any questions for them, make sure you finish the interview with a strong handshake and a pleasant smile.

 

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Follow-Up

You have to assume that you will not be the only person interviewed for the job. Once you are out of the room it is not a bad idea to keep your name at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind.  Following up on the interview suggests that you are serious about taking on the job, and lets you remind them why you would be their best choice.

A handwritten thank you letter is always impressive, but you could also send an email if that is simpler for you. If the process seems to be moving very slowly, check in occasionally to see how much nearer they are to making a decision.

It will probably feel like you need to put a lot of effort into getting your dream job, but if you succeed, you will be very glad you did. When you hear that you have been hired for the position you wanted, thoughts of all the hard work to get it will just disappear. If you fail the first time, there will be other jobs just like it. Don’t give up, learn by the experience you have had and try to improve for the next job application.

 

What is your dream job?

 

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A Few Useful Tips To Move Into Chelsea

Considering that the city is at the financial center of the world, finding an apartment in NYC is an extremely competitive process. This includes the neighborhood of Chelsea, as it is Manhattan’s artistic center and is near famous attractions. This article will provide some useful tips on how to score a decent apartment in this area.

 

Consider Your Transportation Needs

Since New York City is one of the few places in the country where it is a good idea to rely on public transportation, it’s a good idea to strategically place yourself near your route. Check out the official bus route map if you are not familiar with transportation in the area.

If you plan on driving, you will definitely need the availability of a parking space. If the property has no place to park your car, the expenses of storing your car in a parking garage are not negligible.

 

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Finding the Right Price

Chelsea is somewhat unique due to the extreme wealth gaps that affect rent prices. It is not uncommon to find a luxury apartment complex or gated community within walking distance of low-income housing.

Because of this, you may find absurdly low-priced apartments near blips of expensive places. Renting too cheap may bring you into an undesirable housing project. At the same time, luxury developments may be built too close for comfort.

 

Be Nice To Your Previous Landlords

Since some owners will want to see letters of recommendation from previous landlords, you may want to retain a decent relationship before moving out. In particular, the letter should claim that you pay on time, kept the apartment clean, and did not violate terms of the contract. Even if it is not a requirement, having a letter will be the icing on top when standing out from other tenant applications.

 

Use Loftey as a Broker

Loftey is a useful service as it cuts a lot of the due diligence when it comes to searching for Chelsea apartments. In exchange for the referral fee that is involved with the broker, you will quickly get moved into the neighborhood that you desire. You may also split the upfront moving fees into multiple payments when you pay through Loftey.

 

Shopping and Surviving

You will definitely need to be near grocery stores and other shops to live comfortably. If the shopping in the apartment’s area is bare, the struggle to commute to buy groceries in Manhattan can be quite time-consuming. If you’ve never lived in a densely populated location, you will soon learn why this is important.

After you’ve found your ideal living situation in Chelsea, you can finally enjoy the cultural attractions in the area. With the high density of artists, there are hundreds of galleries to look at. The area is also rich with ethnic diversity, meaning cool cultural events and a variety of restaurants. It is also is a very tolerant part of town as it’s home to a large concentration of LGBT residents.

 

Do you like the sound of living in Chelsea?

 

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