New Dispatcher FAQ

MT

Well-Known Member
I'm very excited to see so many new faces around the forum. Those of you that are a touch scared to post, don't worry. We don't bite, I promise!

Most of you getting into this field have a ton of questions, many of them similar so allow me to point you to some posts that will answer some of your most asked questions!

1. Where should I go to school?

This is a highly personal question and the answer is whatever school works best for you. There is a great discussion tucked here in the forums. Take a look at this posting.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-to-go-to-dispatcher-school.176244/

2. Where can I get a job?

There are not as many airlines in as many locations as their used to be, however there is at least one within each region of the country and many more flight departments. Take a look here.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-exactly-can-a-dispatcher-work.192199/

3. Can I commute?

Can you? Yes. Should you tell an employer in an interview you plan to? Probably not. Is commuting a awesome lifestyle? Your Decision. Good points each way found here.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/commuting-as-a-dispatcher.174201/

4. Where can I find job postings?

Go straight to the airlines website for the best source. However there are some good search engines out there. A ton of great information in this post.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-to-look.180281/

5. How long will it take to get that first job? When will I get to a major?

The first job is the hardest to get. Expect an average of 3-5 years experience to get to a major airline Check this awesome post.
http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/interested-in-dispatch.192697/

I hope this gets you all started down the path to dispatching. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask! We have a lot of knowledgeable people here from major airlines, regionals, supplemental airlines, corporate flight following, you name it. Welcome to the boards!
 
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LTDXER

Old and Tired
I'm very excited to see so many new faces around the forum. Those of you that are a touch scared to post, don't worry. We don't bite, I promise!

Most of you getting into this field have a ton of questions, many of them similar so allow me to point you to some posts that will answer some of your most asked questions!

1. Where should I go to school?

This is a highly personal question and the answer is whatever school works best for you. There is a great discussion tucked here in the forums. Take a look at this posting.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-to-go-to-dispatcher-school.176244/

2. Where can I get a job?

There are not as many airlines in as many locations as their used to be, however there is at least one within each region of the country and many more flight departments. Take a look here.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-exactly-can-a-dispatcher-work.192199/

3. Can I commute?

Can you? Yes. Should you tell an employer in an interview you plan to? Probably not. Is commuting a awesome lifestyle? Your Decision. Good points each way found here.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/commuting-as-a-dispatcher.174201/

4. Where can I find job postings?

Go straight to the airlines website for the best source. However there are some good search engines out there. A ton of great information in this post.

http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/where-to-look.180281/

5. How long will it take to get that first job? When will I get to a major?

The first job is the hardest to get. Expect an average of 3-5 years experience to get to a major airline Check this awesome post.
http://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/interested-in-dispatch.192697/

I hope this gets you all started down the path to dispatching. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask! We have a lot of knowledgeable people here from major airlines, regionals, supplemental airlines, corporate flight following, you name it. Welcome to the boards!

MT......THAT is a post to show with pride !!!!

Now THAT's what I'm talking about !!!!!!!!!!!
 

Nitish Kumar

New Member
Hello Members,

This is my first post so please don't mind if i make rookie mistake :p.. anyway, i have a couple of queries in mind.

- I'm planning to attend the 6 weeks ADX course in Jeppesen (Denver) next month, though i have done my research an found out that Jeppesen is a great school, still i want to know from you guys that what reputation does a Jeppesen graduate have in the industry when it comes to looking for a job?

- Secondly, I'm from India. The FAA license is considered a good qualification in Indian aviation industry due to the high training and testing standards in the US, so its not very tough to get a job in India ( if airlines are hiring ). But my query is that how tough is it for an Indian or a foreigner to get a job or an OJT with some regional airline after successfully graduating from the school ?! Because such an amazing looking experience in fast and busy american conditions will make my resume look excellent for future jobs after i return to my country (just a thought ! ).

Thanks a lot guys for your time. I hope i get helpful replies.. :)
 

manniax

Well-met in the Ka-tet
Secondly, I'm from India. The FAA license is considered a good qualification in Indian aviation industry due to the high training and testing standards in the US, so its not very tough to get a job in India ( if airlines are hiring ). But my query is that how tough is it for an Indian or a foreigner to get a job or an OJT with some regional airline after successfully graduating from the school ?! Because such an amazing looking experience in fast and busy american conditions will make my resume look excellent for future jobs after i return to my country (just a thought ! ).
If you're wondering about getting a job with a US carrier - unless you already have a green card - your odds would be slim to none. In order to hire you, a US airline would have to "sponsor" you - in effect saying, we cannot fill this job with any citizens or legal residents, so due to that we'd like to hire from overseas. I think I have heard of such a thing happening exactly once in my 15 plus years of dispatching. Of course, if you are a legal US resident or naturalized citizen, then you'd have no more trouble getting a job here than any other dispatch school graduate.
 

Nitish Kumar

New Member
If you're wondering about getting a job with a US carrier - unless you already have a green card - your odds would be slim to none. In order to hire you, a US airline would have to "sponsor" you - in effect saying, we cannot fill this job with any citizens or legal residents, so due to that we'd like to hire from overseas. I think I have heard of such a thing happening exactly once in my 15 plus years of dispatching. Of course, if you are a legal US resident or naturalized citizen, then you'd have no more trouble getting a job here than any other dispatch school graduate.

Thank you for your inputs @manniax . I hope you get to see another such thing happening 2nd time in your career very soon ( my case ) :p I'll try my best, though at the moment i'm more focused on studying hard and gaining as much knowledge as i can during the course.
 

Micky007

Vis. Unlimited
Finding a stable, decently paid Dx job in a place you like is the Dx Trifecta and the exception, not the rule. Take the first job where you have to and put your heart and soul into it. Then good things will happen down the road. Stay away from the negative nellies who've been there for years....They'll likely still be there (if the airline is still around) after you move on to bigger and better.
 

ifly

Well-Known Member
Agreed. Surround yourself with positive people, the negative folks are still there for a reason and not going anywhere. Employers know who those are, set yourself apart, work hard and learn as much as you can and like @Micky007 states, good things will happen for sure!
 
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