Good day all,
Brand new to the forum but I’ve been reading through many articles of stories and advice for sometime and it’s been a huge help so thank you all, especially to the mentors for that. Your time is appreciated!
So, it seems that this late in life decision to change careers isn’t as rare an occurrence as I initially thought, having just read another “Going for it at 41” post.
I’m actually a 32 yr old 1st Officer for a Major Cruise line, originally from the UK, I now live in the U.S as a dual citizen with my wife and 2 girls. Unfortunately, the U.S in all its glory is one of the few countries that does not accept foreign mariner licenses (a fact I was unaware of when I initially made the move) which in turn has caused me so much trouble that I am struggling to find work within the U.S (as I’d like to not be away on cruise ships for months at a time).
So, my wife and I took a step back and thought, what other career provides a stable income, travel, good benefits, and training that is feasible within a short span of time… and I’ve ended up seriously considering enrolling in ATP and changing my career path.
I had a few questions if someone would be so kind -
I’ve seen many say it is possible but I did wonder to what extent, is Captain of a major airline an acceptable goal?
Regarding finances, I understand that the rewards can be quite substantial later down the career path but I’m having some concerns in the meantime. Could anyone provide some insight on potential income while 1, obtaining the 1500hrs, whether as CFI or another source, and 2, as new hire to a regional airline?
Essentially, I’m going from a decent salary to essentially unpaid while I complete the training to a low salary after and I’m concerned about “surviving” until the paycheck starts to increase with company/rank/experience, so any insight into that would be really appreciated.
Lastly and feel free to laugh as it makes me. I’ve always thought flying was an incredible thing, however, finding myself stuffed into economy I’ve never been a happy flyer. I personally put it down to my parents, both of who hated flying and would always be incredibly nervous on trips, along with not knowing anything about how the aircraft operates and also not being in control.
With that in mind, am I mad to then consider taking a career in flight? Has anyone else experienced flying jitters and if so how/did you overcome it?
Sorry for the long post - really appreciate any insight anyone can offer!