I’m not sure if airline pilot is something I should even try to pursue because of my background. Before I spend the 10’s of thousands on flight training, I was hoping you guys could give me an educated guess of how my career would likely pan out. I am shooting to work for the majors.
I had an undesirable living situation when I was growing up (parents always fighting, weak family cohesion, etc). In addition to this, I developed a bad anxiety issue around age 13. I found it very hard to cope with daily life and I became a very rebellious and troubled teenager. I got involved with a bad crowd and got in a lot of trouble.
From the ages of 15-23 I got arrested several times and was issued about 10 traffic citations. The arrests lead to being charged with 3 misdemeanors and 4 counts of a felony. All 3 misdemeanors got dismissed after I completed community service. The charges were for assault, trespassing, and for trying to get into a casino with a fake id. The felony charges were for destruction of property and were dismissed “nolle prosequi”. The traffic citations were mostly for speeding with a few red light violations but I attended drivers safety school for everything and everything got dismissed.
I’m not sure exactly what the majors, or even regionals, will ask on background questions. I’ve never been convicted of anything but I have been arrested many times. So if they ask a question about convictions, I will say no. But if they ask about arrests, then I think that the show would come to stop. In addition, I’ve heard there is a section about traffic tickets and I don’t know if I have to disclose them since they were dismissed after driver safety school.
As a personal statement, I would like to say that I am now almost 30 years old and have not had any problems for nearly 7 years. I moved out of my parents house at 22 and my life instantly improved since the stress of dealing with them went away. I have a 4 year college degree, have been working as a professional for 4 years, and I also have my private pilot certificate. I’m not a bad person, but I do have a record of misconduct. I realize how ugly of a phase I went through and I’m not proud of it but it was unfortunately the necessary trials I had to go through to become a mature adult.
So what do you guys think?