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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Fancy being a pilot?

Fancy being a pilot?

Calling all aspiring aircraft pilots. An amazing opportunity has just been announced by one of Ireland’s leading airlines.

Aer Lingus have just launched their “Future Pilot” programme, which is a 14-month training programme aimed at recruiting new pilots to begin work in 2020. 

The Aviation Sector is booming in Ireland, with Aviation companies spending 581 million dollars in Ireland in 2016. The sector grew 36% between 2012 and 2016 and is forecast to have grown another 22% by 2021. Read More. 

Captain Steve Kelly, Manager of Pilot Recruitment, said “Aer Lingus has a unique and proud history of Mentored Pilot Training which spans over five decades. During this time, these training programmes have provided an opportunity for many people to pursue their dream of becoming an Airline Pilot. Perhaps you never even considered a pilot career until now, but we are looking for candidates with a diverse background and education to join our team”.

The aim of the programme is to provide candidates with long careers as first officers on the modern Airbus A320 and A321 LR NEO aircraft.

For more information visit the Aer Lingus website.

Other pathways to becoming a pilot

There are many other ways to become a pilot or first officer. Other airlinesin Ireland that provide pilot training programmes include Ryan Air and City Jet. Both of their websites contain information on their programmes and explain how to apply. There are also academic pathways to becoming a pilot, one such pathway being Dublin City University’s Aviation Management with Pilot Studies degree. This degree offers three years of business analysis, learning the aviation sector, technical aspects of piloting and industry relevant work experience. During the forth year, students get the opportunity to enter flight training and qualify as a commercial pilot. Click here for information.

Another pathway is to obtain a licence from one of our flight academies. The Irish Aviation Authority offer the opportunity to obtain many different types of pilot licenses, including their Commercial Pilot Licence and Airline Transport Pilot Licence. Atlantic Flight Training Academy  offer a multitude of training programmes to suit every aspiration. Why not pop along to one of their seminars held throughout the country? Click here for more.

Don’t forget to also check out international training opportunities like The Pilot Flight Academy, which provide their two-year training in Norway. For the more adventurous types there’s also the Military pathway. The Flying Training School trains all Air Corps Cadets to become qualified pilots, as well as offering instructor training, weapons training and air tactics training. For more information, see www.military.ie


The CareersPortal Team