It is best to start planning your career path while you are still at school so that you can take the appropriate courses and classes. Of course not everybody knows what career they want to follow while they are still in school, but if you do know you want to become a pilot and you are still at school, then there are some subjects that are useful to take. You need to choose English, Mathematics and Science and should score good grades in all three subjects. Many professional fields require these same subjects, so it is wise to take these anyway, even if you change your mind about becoming a pilot.
Another good idea is to join any local flying clubs or associations as these will provide you with valuable information and connections and can advise you on how to become a pilot, including which universities you should study at or which courses to take. To become a pilot you need to know where to direct your academics and in some countries, such as the UK, you are advised to take what are known as A-levels. These are advanced classes in strong subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, English and Geography.
Becoming a pilot is competitive and you have to realize that you will be up against other individuals for training opportunities and also to get into university, so the higher the qualifications that you have the better your chances will be. Having high grades in school can also work for you financially as you may be able to get a scholarship for university. As training is long and rigorous, it is wise to start studying to become a pilot as soon as you can, especially if you want to become an airline pilot. You need to realize that age may become a factor that impacts your flight ability and It is also easier to learn and train while you are young when you will have more time to learn the skills you need.
Get a Degree
Although some airlines may not require a university degree it may be a good idea to go to university thus keeping your options open if you choose not to follow this career path. The other issue is that airlines in other countries, such as the United States, may in fact require a university degree so if you do decide to seek employment elsewhere you may find that you actually do need to have a degree after all. In countries where you need a degree you are advised to complete a bachelor’s degree in aviation, aircraft operations, or aeronautical engineering. In the United States you need to enroll in an aviation program that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and you need to obtain practical flight training. After you get enough experience you will be able to receive a license and go professional. In summary it is best to start studying to become a pilot while you are at school or even at college, as long as you give your all to this difficult carrier path.