Once again, the age old age question. And yet I am very curious to hear your feedback from the professionals.
I just turned 50 and after 20+ years in the IT business, this is perhaps the very last opportunity to jump ships and pursue what I have been passionate about my whole life. I have been a glider pilot at age 17 and a private pilot for 10 years now. Here is the scenario:
- I don’t need to make aviation an opulent career. Not in for the money but for what I love to do. I would be perfectly happy to never move up beyond the regionals but stay or fly corporate, cargo, etc.
- I am single without children or dependents.
- I am completely debt free, no mortgage, loans or anything to pay back at this time.
- I am flexible to relocate
- Healthy, fit, sporty.
- Technically, I have some years of college education but no degree. I’m self-thought (continuous education my whole life) and worked my way up in the IT industry where I now make a decent 6 figure income as a systems developer in the SFO Bay Area.
- Making the switch now, I would still have 15 years in the new profession and more than a decade of service to offer to a prospective employer.
What’s your honest take on my proposition to make the “ultimate” career change? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.