Hi all, I am new here and am really enjoying the threads on this site.
I think I have a pretty good idea of what I’m in for (timing, finances) if I go all to be a pilot.
(So far I have 10 hours on my PPL and am studying GLEIM text.)
While the benefits of being a pilot for a major airline are wonderful, I can’t seem to fathom raising a family, having possibly dual careers, or even having enough time to fly to pay back loans before other responsibilities make it impossible to live according to a flying schedule.
thus I feel more geared to flying corporately or privately. I would love to be based overseas. I have dual citizenship US/EU, speak 3-4 languages (working on two others).
So this is my dilemma:
I grew up as non-rev passenger and managed to get around 24 countries before my 24th birthday. I love photography, teaching, I love learning new languages, and can’t stand to be in the same place for too long. However, I know I can’t continue my nomadic escapades and am trying to choose between two sustainable paths, that of becoming an international educator, or that of becoming a professional pilot.
I’ve had my Associate’s for 5 years (been traveling and teaching since then)
and the Bachelor’s degrees I’m debating between are Bachelor’s of Aviation - Professional Pilot (50K), Bachelor’s of French Teaching (11K), and a Bachelor’s of professional studies (4.6K) (interdisciplinary).
Keep in mind: I am a 24 year old female with less than 10K to her name, parents who would love to help but don’t have funds to help very far through pilot school (they could give a small push), and who has a seriously difficult time with decision making if she can’t visualize the outcomes clearly.
My questions are
if I were to decide today to go all in to become a commercial pilot, whether that training comes from ATP for 80K in less than a year, or through university for 50K in about two years, how old do you think I would be before finally being settled into any flying job ? major, regional, corporate…
seeing how I am torn between a career in education and a career in aviation, is it feasible to say I could start on both, alternating, and see where both paths lead over time? or can I really only pick one to make it work?
I hope some of you with similar dilemma’s could give insight into how you made your decisions.