Re: No Bachelor\'s degree... what can I expect?
Part of the reason why I'm on the "GET A DEGREE" bandwagon is a phenomenon that only airline pilots understand. The thing is, you start making great money, houses, cars, lovin' life. Then you wake up and realize that if you don't pass your medical, bust a checkride, get violated or furloughed, all of your toys, clothes, cars, houses and your fly named "Ted" are on the auction block the next day.
I took aeronautical science in college and if I got the big furlough, like a lot of my friends, I'm completely out of luck because this is my only skill and I didn't take a 'back up'-quality degree in college.
Imagine how nervous the pilots are that don't have degrees feel -- probably even more exposed.
I'm going to try and shoot real straight here, but having spent the last seven years or so as a full-time airline pilot, only a fool would dive into aviation without a workable "back up" and a worthy college degree.
The flight schools may disagree with me because when it comes down to it, all they want are warm bodies with cleared deposit checks in their classrooms.