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Volunteer_Privateer

Active Member
First off, why ask here? If you’re a a Delta employee, then you’re in a perfect position to make contact with the people who have the answers you seek.

That said, the body of evidence thusfar indicates that Delta rarely hires external candidates, and the candidates they hire have no experience, as Delta seemingly prefers to grow their own. If your goal is to be a DELTA dispatcher, then logically, your way forward is to stay with the company.

But that does not mean that you have to “embrace the suck” as you put it. Anything more than 2 to 3 years on the ramp is wasting your time. A ramper job is entry level. You should be striving to move beyond that regardless of your goal. Building a career with Delta is more likely to get you where you want to go than just holding down a job.

And be patient; the one Delta dispatcher I’ve met was with the company 25 years, and held numerous supervisory positions BEFORE he got into Dispatch. Even if you spend a decade doing other things, you could still have a 30+ year dispatch career.
I'm just looking for opinions from outside the company. I know I have a wealth of knowledge at my disposal internally, but I wanted other opinions so I came here.

I realize I'm at an entry level job, and that's why I'm asking these questions. I'm trying to figure out what my best move from here is. I'm more than likely on the ramp for at least a year or two more, but I'd like to have a plan of where I want to go in life. I love my coworkers and I love my company, and I'm more than willing to put my head down and work to earn a non-entry level position if that's what it takes. Again, I just wanted to know what y'all recommended from external point of view. I appreciate your response!
 

Kev

RNP 2112
If you or someone you know got a TBNT prior to the job being taken off, it's likely that one of the Yes/No selections in the application was answered incorrectly.
 

Volunteer_Privateer

Active Member
Get off the ramp. If not for a position in the SOC at Delta...for at least the dx experience....and for your HEALTH. I started at a major at 24 humping bags...got comfortable and came across dispatch late 30's. Ramp gives you a good view of the actual operation. But it's hell on the body. Being in your 20's by all means get off the ramp and into the SOC or get experience ASAP. Get your license. Dont get comfortable on the ramp. Get into the SOC at DL if you don't want to leave....or get the experience at a regional. You will be taking the chance of landing somewhere else if dispatching at a regional if a Major is the end goal. But they all pay more than well. Biggest diference may be culture and what region of the country you want to live in. You don't have to leave. I know of two internals at majors who are dispatching at the majors they started with. Both taken from within SOC and solid people.So if anything...get into the SOC and close to dispatch or experience. My older self would have advised my younger self of this early on when I was humping bags from SAL,GUA or MEX deep inside 800's. You do good work and you'll get noticed.

@MT could fill you in on Delta and perhaps any realistic expectations of getting in with them.
That's the theme I keep hearing. I have no problem with the honest, manual labor now, but talking to and working the lifetime rampers makes it painfully obvious I need to get a move on with my career. I appreciate your response!
 

Volunteer_Privateer

Active Member
I was in a similar situation a few years ago at Delta. Working Hartsfield ramp, looking for way up through the company, heard about dispatch and got the ticket. This was before they offered their own certification course.

I stuck around for 8 or 9 months after getting certified and put in for one round of internal hiring. I was not selected for testing or interviewing. Conventional thinking, at the time, believed that only Performance Leaders, or Ramp Tower employees, were thought of as worthy dispatch candidates from the ramp environment. Maybe that has changed.

Fortunately, I was working under a younger, headier boss than most others, who wisely told me that, at my age (24 at the time) I would be stupid not to explore positions of greater responsibilities outside of the company. So I took my license across the street to ExpressJet, where all the lifers said I was stupid for leaving Delta. Well after cutting my teeth there for 18 months, I got the nod from SWA and the rest is history.

I can't advise of much on whether to leave or stay. Both are gambles that you have to calculate. I didn't stay, so I don't have any experiential wisdom about what staying can do for you. But, especially at your age, it is absolutely fair to wonder if you can leave Delta and make it up the dispatch ranks far sooner than you will make it into the OCC at Delta in any capacity, let alone dispatch specifically. I am an Atlanta native, probably the only person on this forum that loves Atlanta-proper very much, but I'm not applying to go back.
Thanks for your response. It sounds like I'm in a similar position. I'll have to decide what my priority is career-wise, and hopefully I'll land somewhere I like.
 

R2D

ACK
Thanks for your response. It sounds like I'm in a similar position. I'll have to decide what my priority is career-wise, and hopefully I'll land somewhere I like.
Good luck. I know it's a tough choice. Toil away and hope for greener pastures or leave and basically start over.

DL isn't done hiring, but opening itself up to externals also bring competition.
 

A320guy

Well-Known Member
If you or someone you know got a TBNT prior to the job being taken off, it's likely that one of the Yes/No selections in the application was answered incorrectly.
Incorrectly or truthfully? Many ppl got TBNT prior to the job removal so I doubt they all made mistakes on their application.
 
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