Valentin Ivanov

Valentin Ivanov

Why did you decide to study Aviation Technology with Management at the University of Leeds?

I have always wanted to become an airline pilot. This degree gives me a broad overview of the aviation industry and teaches me skills that will help me become the best pilot I can possibly be.

I chose the University of Leeds mainly because of the course content, as I am aiming towards a career in day-to-day aircraft operation rather than aircraft design. I wanted to study a degree which would provide me with a thorough understanding of how civil aviation works and combine classroom studying with hands-on experience. Another contributing factor was that I wanted to study and live in a big city which could give me more opportunities apart from my studies.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course?

The best part about this course is that it is very practically-oriented. It is always linking scientific concepts to their applications in aviation, which makes studying engaging and motivating. This degree is tailored for people with career interests similar to mine and is particularly focused on the areas of importance and interest to a prospective pilot.

The course’s highlight is the 10-hour flight training course in the summer after Year One. For those who want to pursue a pilot career, these hours can be credited towards your first pilot qualification – the Private Pilot’s License. For the others, the flight hours can be just a flying experience, getting you to put into practice what you have studied throughout your first year at university. Flying a real airplane is a life-changing experience for any aviation enthusiast, and it becomes even more exciting when you hear your classmates on the radio while flying!

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

In a nutshell, Leeds offers everything you might need for a great student experience. Both the city and the surrounding areas have a number of beautiful places to enjoy in your downtime. It also has excellent transport connections, should you fancy a short break elsewhere in the UK or Europe. The city can offer something for everyone, such as: cultural events, clubbing, eating out, shopping and more. Leeds is particularly well known for its outstanding nights out, combining top-class entertainment with favourable prices. Part-time jobs are also readily available and can be easily fitted around your studies.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My career goal is to become an airline pilot and I have already started my flight training alongside my studies. As I have a specific interest for human factors in aviation, in the long term I would also like to be involved in air accident investigation and training the next generation of pilots.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

University is very different from anything you have experienced so far. This means you will probably find it challenging at first – but never be discouraged! Along the way, you will have a number of unforgettable experiences and meet many outstanding people. Have faith in yourself, stay positive and never forget that the sky is your only limit!

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