I started a flight follower position in Teterboro, NJ at Jet Aviation about 6 months ago. I was searching for a position like this as it is a step towards a dispatcher position at a regional/legacy airline. I like the position I'm in for the most part, however we definitely deal with the clients (not just pilots) more than I thought. It's my first real job after college so I'm really new to all this stuff. Now I think I am ready to start preparing for the ADX written and it was suggested to me to buy Sheppard Air to study. I was told that I should pass the written on my own and then take the in class portion at ATP or FlightSafety. I was also told I might be able to get a reduced rate on the class portion if I already came in with my written done. However my parents are a little skeptical about whether the test really opens doors to new opportunities. I've also met people who say dispatch is mostly automated now and dispatcher positions aren't what they used to be. Not that I believe all that... but I've heard this being said by some. Anyways, I appreciate any feedback.