Hi Andrew (and others),
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insights and experience with me. It’s funny, but when I read the first two paragraphs of your email, I felt like you were describing my own experience! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has felt burned out by the finance world and is looking for something else.
That said, I’d like to do a quick reality check to make sure I’m on the right track with what I’ve learned so far and my expectations. Please be honest and realistic with me.
My situation is this: I’m 37, a father of two, a homeowner, a sailor, the sole breadwinner for my family, and my wife works as a gardener at a school and takes care of our property (horses, chickens, kids). I have enough savings to cover the cost of living and probably the cost of the ATP, but after that I’ll need to rebuild my rainy day fund.
I haven’t been happy at my job for a while now; the pressure that comes with the position, the politics, etc. are really getting to me. What’s killing me the most is the feeling of never being able to finish my work; there’s always another email to compose, another report to write, etc. I want my next job to give me the opportunity to say, “Job done!” and move on without feeling guilty that I could have done more. I always use surgeons as an example; I don’t know any surgeons who have to perform procedures on their days off.
The idea of becoming a pilot has been in my head for a while. Although I’m a newbie in this field (except for a few non-commercial passenger flights and a lot of simulator time), I haven’t taken the plunge for a few reasons. Being a pilot has been my brother’s dream since we were kids; I’m the sailor, he’s the pilot. But he never took any steps towards that goal, and I recently realized that I shouldn’t be holding myself back if he isn’t making a move. I was also worried that I wouldn’t be able to have a decent family life as a pilot.
So, why I hope piloting could be a good path for me:
- I love flying;
- I love traveling;
- I love to be at home when I’m not working, but I also like to not be at home when I am working;
- I’m responsible, cautious, and naturally prudent;
- I’m not shy and can easily be approachable;
- I could have a local side hustle (real estate, fixer upper, internet shop, etc.);
- I could pick up and drop off the kids when I’m not working;
- I could be more present with my family when I’m not working;
- I’m happy to work nights or complicated schedules;
- I could fire all my contractors and do the work myself (which I like to do).
What I’m worried about:
- Spending too much time driving from my house on the hillside to the airport (and the base);
- Spending too much time doing nothing on public transport;
- Being bored after 10 years (it seems like a common theme for pilots who are looking for a career transition).
I really appreciate your help in assessing my situation. Thank you again for your time and input!
Sorry if this is getting too personal