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what do you think of that?
Friend of mine was earning £45K by his mid twenties
you have to pass an aptitude test prior to interview. Realising i was way out of my depth i didn't turn up to the interview.
(I've just applied to train as one -hopefully Will do better in the interview than a few years ago - bossed all the assessments though)
what can you tell me about it? how long did it take to train? you do it at an air traffic controller college or something don't you?
www.nats.co.uk for all the info.
I had to go to a couple of assessment days down near Southampton - involved pen and paper tests as well as computer stuff. Then I did shit in the interview cos I had just finished Sixth Form and had no real interview answers.
Then after about a year you get sent to an airport or the area control at Swanwick
(oh it DID post first time then)
(I've just applied to train as one, hopefully I'll do a bit better in the interview than a few years ago)
but i think you could wing it.
it's basically like playing a computer game isn't it? i can do that. 2nd screen for DiS. easy.
So lots of opportunity to post threads like 'What is your favourite type of airspace?'
Listen I've already told you, I've got 2 windows in my lounge, 2 in the dining room, a small frosted one in the bathroom, 1 in the kitchen and 1 in the bedroom. Now is the runway fucking clear to land or not?
Imagine the worry about what would happen if you screwed up.
this is cat_race we're talking about.
it just wouldn't happen
"you are in control of the plane, it is your choice to let it crash"
<fiery, screaming death>
but it wouldn't be my fault it was crashing. i wouldn't do that
Different Mike Newell.
It's rubbish, don't watch it.
you'll be dealing with. Piece of cake sunshine:
American, but some relevant stuff I imagine:
He's a pretty cool guy. Minted an all
this is definitely on the list. Provided you didn't go on DiS whilst at work.
well paid, and only allowed to work short shifts at a time cos of the stress I believe
just get on with doing the stuff and don't get stressed
If it's your job, you'd think you'd get used to it.
but i'm not getting stressed. he seems to want me to though. haha
I expect having the lives of 300 people in your hands is probably more stressful than a shit boss. Different kind of stress though. One's the sudden irritation, 'sort it out by bitching in the pub' sort and the other probably builds up slowly and ends in counselling. Or the death of 300 people.
i'm definitely going to do some more reading about it tonight. obvs got work to do at the moment :D
Also you can pretty much never drink alcohol again. I wouldn't want to do it at somewhere like Gatwick or Heathrow but a smaller airport might be ok.
Skiving off innit
Massive stress factor. Not just him but all of them. And whoever said upthread about basically never drinking again is pretty spot on.
Well... Maybe if you were Director at Heathrow or Gatwick, but other than that it all sounds quite straightforward. But then again I don't seem to get flustered easily and I got through all their tests and computer simulation things a few years ago - hopefully the same again in a few weeks plus a decent effort in an interview.
Like the mid air collision over the Amazon a few years ago, which was the direct result of an air traffic controller instructing the smaller of the two planes to fly at the wrong altitude. Most people don't have jobs where screwing up could mean killing people. I guess doctors and people working in children's social services have the same sort of fears.
But I guess you just have to be confident in your ability, and it sounds like you are. I know I couldn't do, it though.
but I'm colour blind, so I can't, now I'm sad, fuck you cat_race.