I think it goes without saying, but I would rather you not waste time and money either.
The corporate pilot world is not something that I have personal experience with, but I do know someone who does and she happens to be one of our mentors, @Hannah!
Hannah just left her corporate pilot job to pursue her goal of becoming an airline pilot. She is currently a First Officer at SkyWest Airlines. She will be back online soon to provide her insight on the industry.
From the little info that I do know about the corporate world, the jobs are very diverse and it is more about who you know. So networking early, now even, could land you a job when you are eventually eligible for a position.
Like any pilot job though, you will need to do your research on each company that peaks your interest and find out what their hiring minimums are. That will give you a better idea of the training footprint that you will need to meet those requirements.
Once you start your research, you may notice that some positions may require turbine PIC time. You will want to steer your attention towards the entry level corporate jobs that typically only require non-turbine time.
The other thing to look out for is pay close attention to the job descriptions. Some corporate jobs actually don’t offer very much flying for the First Officer. Those types of corporate jobs primarily only allow the FO to work the radios and the gear and flaps for the Captain. I would avoid these types of jobs and look for something that allows the FO to share the flying duties. If you want to move up in the industry you will need that hands-on and decision-making experience.
As I wrap this up, I am realizing that now I am getting ahead of myself. Apologies! Before the other mentors jump in I just wanted to provide you with as much info as I could.
More importantly, you first need to figure out your schedule to allow you to train more frequently. To be clear, I am not a salesman, but you are on ATP’s forum. So, if you haven’t already I would check out their programs while you’re here. They have two programs, Fast-Track (what we recommend) and Flex-Track. All of the details on those programs can be found on ATP’s website.
Please let us know what other questions you have!