I’m currently a junior in high school, and am planning my path to becoming a pilot for one of the Majors. I would like to attend Embry-Riddle to obtain my degree in Aeronautical Science, as well as receive my ratings and build some hours before heading off to the regionals. As we all know, this route isn’t cheap, so I was thinking about getting a non-aviation-related four-year degree at another school (that way I have a back-up career) while doing my flight training at a separate F.B.O. or at ATP to mitigate the costs. My questions are as follows:
Do the airlines care what degree you have, and/or where/how you built flight time? How do the airlines look at an applicant from E.R.A.U. who has a degree in aviation and has built flight time there, compared to an applicant that went to XYZ University, has a degree in a different field, and built hours at a separate flight school? In other words, which candidate would be more likely to get the position, or who is favored (if one is at all)?
All input is greatly appreciated!