ALTHOUGH he’s just 18 years old, Bradley Everied’s career looks to already be taking off.
The Blackpool Sixth Form College student was invited to a networking event at Gatwick Airport for hopeful employees of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
The student has had his sights set on a high-flying career with the group since he first travelled to America with them in 2001 and was allowed into the plane’s cockpit.
He has since taken every opportunity possible to make himself known, including hand delivering his CV to their Manchester office and training with the company.
Bradley, from South Shore, said: “Being in the cockpit and seeing straight ahead over the Atlantic was unforgettable. It was breathtaking really. Since then I’ve been interested in the Virgin Group and my ultimate ambition is to fly for them.”
Last weekend he attended the invite-only Future Flyers and Fixers event which included taking part in simulated flight emergencies and networking with staff from Virgin Group, pilot schools and the armed forces.
He said: “It has opened up new opportunities to me I wasn’t aware of before. I’m looking for grants or funding for pilot training now.”
Staff at the multi-national company have also offered him career advice and fast-tracked him into work placements after being impressed by his enthusiasm and drive.
He added: “I sent out application letters to senior staff and Sir Richard Branson too, I think they recognised my genuine passion.”
He will undertake work experience with the company at Gatwick Airport next Spring to sample all they have to offer jobs wise, which he hopes is the next step on his career flight path.
Until then Bradley is working hard on completing a BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism.