Hello everyone and thank you for looking at my lengthy post. I am desperately in need of advice.
I’m a 25 year old college student who has recently dropped out of graduate school in the Physical Therapy field. I had to let it go because in this time and age, my student debt would have peaked at $150K by the time I finished. I’d be 57 by the time I paid it all off, and living tight. That was in no way reasonable nor sustainable, and it stressed me out to the point where no, I was not enjoying PT at all. It was not worth it.
I’m now looking at a variety of careers that I have always had a personal interest and/or curiosity in. Piloting being at the forefront. What I want to know is: just how did you know that piloting was right for you?
While I have always had a strong interest in piloting and greatly enjoy airports, travelling and being a passenger in commercial planes, I’m not sure if I’m “passionate” enough about piloting to completely submerge myself into it. I’m unsure if I will completely and utterly adore every moment like some (not all) pilot friends of mine have seemed to say I need to be in order to be successful in this career. It’s frustrating. The mere fact that the whole “I know in my heart without any inkling of doubt that this career is for me” is absent makes me pause.
Yes, I daydream at times of flying, more now than ever. I get excited at the thought of being a pilot, but as of this moment, I know literally nothing about flying and what will be expected of me upon starting a flight program (if I start one) other than what I’ve read here and on the ATP website. So I can’t accurately say if I will actually enjoy it or not.
I realize that like every job, there will be things I dislike. But I don’t know if the pros outweigh the cons. I’m not a fan of the large amounts of sitting pilots do, while also being away from home days at a time. Sounds like getting to the gym is difficult. But, simultaneously, piloting also sounds like it has so much potential to feel like you’re not working at all- but simply flying and being free. I love that.
However, with my current bachelor’s degree in Pre-Physical Therapy, it does transfer nicely to other medical professions that I too am interested in, get excited thinking about, but not hardcore passionate about either.
In summary, I’m basically hung up wondering if I’m passionate enough about piloting and have the drive to be successful. Getting into graduate school for PT was no cake walk, so I know I’m a hard working student and have the willpower to do the studying. But, I just want to enjoy my job.
Thank you for your time.