Hey guys, so I’m 16 turning 17 in November. I’m currently working at a Dairy Queen and I’m starting my 4th week, but it seems like it’s a possibility that it might not work out. I’ve gotten a warning for my performance and it seems like I’ve improved, but it does still worry me. If I get fired, how does this impact my standing at an airline? I can’t imagine that it does too much harm, since it’s my first job and I’m 16, but I want to be sure.
No airline is going to care about a part time job you had in HS. What I would be concerned about is how you received a warning about performance in only 3 weeks? Flight training is hard and requires a tremendous about of hard work and dedication. I can’t imagine working at the DQ being that arduous?
Well my flight training has been going pretty well so far, I’ve been taking college classes and that’s almost all I have this upcoming year, classes provided by Syracuse University, so the work/dedication isn’t really an issue or concern for me personally. I get that training is going to get harder and airline training is a whole other animal, but I am a hard worker, and I am prepared. They were weird with their explanation about what my issue was, when I asked. It seemed to have something to do with my service speed, but my issues and experiences at work are a whole other topic. Still though, they said Wednesday, Wednesday passed and I’m still wearing the visor, so hopefully it all works out.
This does raise another question though, how does my HS academic record factor in? I’ve been taking advanced classes for years, my GPA is pretty high, and I’m taking a fair amount of college classes. In addition, my class ranking is quite high. Will that be any kind of factor?
I’ve never been asked for my HS transcript but your HS record will determine your college and I have been asked to see those transcripts.
Your high school academic record will not be a factor, other than that it determines which college you get into. But the airlines will not ask what your high school GPA was, nor be impressed by it if you mention it.
While I don’t see anybody ever asking about your high school jobs, I would be very careful to prevent this from becoming a recurring pattern.