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Re: Introducing Destination 225°

haydhall
New Arrival

Hi Kelby,

 

I am very interested in joining the University program, but have already graduated a partner school. Can I still apply?

 

Thanks!

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

ChristianW20
New Arrival

Hi, I am already attending TCC in Fort Worth and training with US Aviation Academy.  Would I be eligible to apply for the Destination 225 program since im enrolled with a partner school?

Thanks.

Hi @ChristianW20 & @haydhall   The answer to your questio...

KelbyTansey
Employee
Employee

Hi @ChristianW20 & @haydhall

 

The answer to your question can vary depending on the level of flight experience you have and the pathway you are looking at under Destination 225°. For example someone with a CFI or ATP would likely be better off continuing down their current path and building more experience, ultimately applying through our traditional pathway.

 

Kelby
Moderator
Southwest Careers

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

Benzene
New Arrival

Hello, I have a question. If ever i got selected for the training. Can i bring along my wife with me during the training in CAE Phoenix, Arizona?

Hi @Benzene,   Thanks for reaching out. You are welcome t...

KelbyTansey
Employee
Employee

Hi @Benzene,

 

Thanks for reaching out. You are welcome to bring anyone along that you would like! That being said, you are responsible for all of your housing and living expenses throughout the duration of the program.

 

Kelby
Moderator
Southwest Careers

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

Cptjarvis
New Arrival

Hello,

Im a current Fixed Wing PPL and have been invited to complete the ADAPT assessement in PHX in the coming weeks. Before making this life changing desicion i reallly need to wait for my significant other to finish her degree and start working (expecting completion in Dec. 2019) as i am the current source of income in my family. What is the likelihood this program continues in the following year (2020)? And what is the likelihood that Im selected again if i apply?

The thought of missing out on this once in a lifetime opportunity makes me weak in the stomach and knees. Your feedback is much appreciated.

 

Regards,

D. Jarvis

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

KelbyTansey
Employee
Employee

Hi @Cptjarvis,

 

Thanks for reaching out. The Destination 225° program will help Southwest reduce our dependency on the open market by allowing us to train future pilots and is something we plan on continuing into the future. Over the next year alone we are planning for several new classes. Please feel free to reapply at the time you are interested in starting with the program. Best of luck to your significant other in the completion of her degree!

 

Kelby
Moderator
Southwest Careers

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

Spreilly71
New Arrival

First i want to apologize if this has been asked before, im not too great with forums.

 

Im very interested in this program but want to know what my first steps are. I'm about 4 months out from completing my 5 year contract with the military. I have no flight experience but some knowledge coming from an airwing background.  I also have minimal college credits/hours. I've already applied to the program, but nothing else. Are there any other actions i need to take before hearing back? Will the application viewer place me in the correct program accordingly? How long before i might hear back about my application? 

 

Thank you so much for the help!

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

crairdan
New Arrival

Fellow Destination 225⁰ Interviewees,

 

Hello all, I hope this message finds you well.  I wanted to share my recent interview experience at Southwest HDQ for those who have yet to visit the amazing facility, pilots, and recruiters who are working prolifically to get this program in the air.  However, I should preface that there was some mention that the interview process was subject to change, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt.

 

The day begins with standard procedures (i.e. getting a badge, checking in for the interview, providing letters of recommendation etcetera).  After, you are introduced to Rocky Calkins who is a manager for pilot hiring of Southwest and an active spearhead for the D-225 program.  In a conference room, Calkins breaks down the specifics of the program, its partners, the approximated duration of the training, your daily interview schedule, and the company’s overall enthusiasm for the initiative.  Here you get some time to ask Rocky any questions or concerns about the program that have been left unanswered.  After this, begins the interviews.

 

The first thing you should know about the interviews (and more generally, the whole experience at HDQ) is that it is relaxed.  This wasn’t just my experience, but the general consensus of the group of applicants I had the pleasure of interviewing alongside.  That being said, there were five other applicants interviewing at the same time as I was, however, there were no group interviews.  I, and each other applicant had two interviews composed of a recruiter and a pilot.  The interviews were approximately 30 minutes long and the questions varied from life experiences to work scenarios and much more (all pretty standard no-real curveballs here).  I cannot emphasize how low-stress these interviews were and how comfortable both the recruiters and pilots made the environment.  Moreover, having the intimate group of five other candidates (who you get to know pretty well) fostered a sense of comradery, as we all rooted each other on, rather than a sense of competition.

 

After these interviews, it is easy sailing (not that it was too rough-seas to begin with).  The interviews are followed by lunch where you get the opportunity to get to know the recruiters and pilots in a more informal setting.  This was a good opportunity to not only fill-up on some free food but to meet the other recruiters and pilots that other candidates were interviewed by, and simply converse and ask about their experiences while working at Southwest.

 

The last thing you get the opportunity to do on your field day at Southwest HDQ is to explore the amazing facility.  Here you get to walk around and see what is the one of the most state of the art HDQ there is.  Although this isn’t a required portion of the interview process, and the pilots and recruiters are completely understanding if you have to leave early or have a flight to catch, this is something you definitely do not want to miss out on.  The sim-bay is insane and they are only expanding as well.  It is such a cool experience and phenomenal facility that even two of the D-225 candidates who were Southwest employees (and work at the HDQ) took the tour alongside the remaining four of us.

 

In whole, the interview day at HDQ is nothing to sweat.  Everyone is welcoming and friendly, the actual interview is relaxed, the facility is beautiful, and the overall experience is nothing short of amazing.  As I mentioned, they may change up a couple of things here and there but I wouldn’t expect anything to deviate too drastically.

 

I hope your guys’ experience is amazing as mine, and I’m hoping to see some of you in Phoenix.

 

Tailwinds,

Cole R

Re: Introducing Destination 225°

fri200
New Arrival

Hey Cole,

 

Thanks for that run down of the interview process. I am scheduled to head to Dallas on 10/10 for the interview. While I wasn't necessarily anxious about it, it helps to have some additional information on how the day might go. 

 

Best of luck to you and hope to see you in Phoenix as well! 

 

-Brandon