Graduate's career soars with EasyJet TV programme


Date: 21st Aug 2017

A Buckinghamshire New University graduate is seeing her career take off as she stars in the ITV 1 programme EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit, which is on tonight (21 August).

Charlotte Sullivan, 22, who studied BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training, graduating in 2016, is among young pilots shown going through their training with the air provider.

She is now a First Officer with EasyJet, based in Edinburgh, and has her sights firmly set on reaching for the skies as her career soars.

Charlotte said: "I took part in the ITV series because I'm interested in helping people understand the complex route to the flight deck and also to encourage young people to consider this as a career path as I was 13 before I realised that flying was a dream I could actually realise!"

Her role regularly takes her to the likes of Paris, Munich and Nice and she hopes ultimately to rise to a position as Captain but first she must complete further basic training.

The ambitious graduate has completed her initial training and is spending her first two years at EasyJet as a Second Officer before progressing officially to First Officer and then Senior First Officer.

Charlotte added: "I am thoroughly enjoying my job. It still doesn't feel like a real job and in fact I feel as though I can't believe I don't have to start looking for a 'real' job soon, because I am actually getting paid to fly. 

"The lovely comments from crew and passengers at the end of a long day or watching the sun rise in the morning are just some of the reasons I am reminded daily of the magical quality of my job.

"Studying at Bucks New University was my first real step into the industry. Not only did I learn a lot about flying and aviation I also learnt a lot about myself and the world. The carefully-constructed course makes it possible to study a full BSc (Hons) Degree and a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) all at the same time, which is quite incredible considering that many rank the two the same.

"The support from the staff on the course is fantastic and with the new addition of a simulator at the University, prospective commercial pilots are provided with a solid environment to learn all they need to know. 

"Their partnerships with air training organisations were central to my training and I believe this played a large role in helping to secure me an interview with EasyJet."

Yvette Scott, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport Management, said: “We are so pleased to see Charlotte doing well. It is a reflection on Charlotte’s determination and personal skills that have led to her securing a role as a First Officer with EasyJet and being selected to take part in this series. 

“Throughout her three years Charlotte was an extremely dedicated student, was very focused on her studies, and also got involved in sports, playing hockey.

"Charlotte supported the pilot courses as a Pilot Ambassador which involved speaking to prospective students and parents, sharing her experience of the course and flight training on Open Days and at Pilot Career Live, both in the UK and Europe.”

Picture caption: Charlotte Sullivan with fellow pilots on EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit.


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