Roger Llewellyn Price
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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
Pilot with BOAC/British Airways, mostly spent in Pilot Training and Management. Now working part-time as Aviation Consultant (simulator instructor).
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
In my final year (1965) I was looking for a job, saw an advert and applied. Thereafter, the demands of a skilled job, demanding significant personal responsibility and accountability, plus the numerous opportunities that existed for a career in management, made it, for me, the perfect job. I visited places that others could only dream of and I often wonder what else would I have done if I hadn’t seen that advert in my final year! It doesn’t suit everyone, but it was right for me.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
At the time, a small, friendly University, great location and (important for me in those days) not too far from home.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Probably because of proximity to home. It was a new University and I turned own Bristol and Cardiff.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
I “grew up” there! Joined in a lot of activities, made many friends and played Rugby for the First XV during all three years.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Difficult to get into nowadays, you need financial support to the tune of £100k. Some people say the job has been “dumbed down” in the last 20 years, but they said that when I joined. It can still be a great career, as long as you manage to get into the right Airline.
What are your plans for the future?
Am retired, so not much future! Other than to go on instructing for as long as I am able to keep passing the recurrent tests.