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Should I go straight to a flying school or should I pursue a degree first?
Pilot Career - Education
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 19:57

Hi Capt Lim,

I am a college student in British Columbia , Canada. Unfortunately None of the University here offers any aviation programs.

I am thinking of getting a ECONOMIC degree first, then go to study in a flying school.
Do you think this is a good idea or should I go straight to a flying school?
Your site is very helpful ! Thanks a lot.

Hi Steve,

Your query has been asked before.  Briefly, to recapitulate, a Bachelor degree is always an asset to have.  Whether you want to go ahead with the degree or go to a flying course would depend on the current job market. 

As I have mentioned to others before, a degree would stand you a good chance of getting into a major airline but low fare airlines in Canada or the USA do not require you to have an university education.

If your ambition is not so lofty in getting into a major airline, your 3 or 4 four years spent to acquire your degree could be used to build up your flying hours before you qualify for an airline interview.
Have a good day!


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Dear Capt Lim,

Firstly thank ur service to potential future pilots.

I am a Malaysia, aged 35. I hold a British degree in law since 1994, and Malaysian postgraduate cert in law since 1997. Apart from that I also have a couple of educational records including I obtained my degree at age of 19 and at age of 16, my work in Economics was referred for Nobel Prize.

I wish to become a pilot.

Can you pls advise me how i may pursue my flying studies at best budgest, and how about studies in India, and any loan available in Malaysia (with which authorities).

Finally, once I quality with CPL IR Frozen ATPL, what are the chances of getting a post as a pilot and at what possible sallary.

With advance thanks,

Arun , 16 May, 2009
dear captain Lim,
hi captain lim,i've just finished my study on certificate aircraft maintenance,i always want to be a pilot,its my ambition when i was child until now,asking your opinion,what is my first step to join pilot course.
nicholas , 22 Sep, 2009
can somone help me?
i have just finish my spm. where should i go to persue my studies to become a pilot?
yuvan , 25 Dec, 2009

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