kayliegh.adrianne wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:13 pm
I am hoping it will be a job that will pay as well if not better than finance, allow me to emigrate, travel and have a sense of accomplishment and making a difference.
To address these parts of your questions:
1. Pay better than finance? You say you’re already highly qualified and have a great career on track in finance. In that case, the time and money you lose by starting a new career in aviation is going to come at significant opportunity cost and no doubt you already understand the power of compounding... so on this count, a career in finance wins.
2. Allow you to emigrate? Yes, aviation can do that. But then a highly qualified finance person can already emigrate very easily too.
3. Travel? Yes, aviation will certainly do that. But after a lifetime of traveling for work, I can tell you that there’s “travel” and “travel”...
4. A sense of accomplishment? Certainly can be found in aviation, yes.
5. Make a difference? Hmmm... that’s tough. Truth is, airline pilots are largely seen as glorified bus drivers these days. Rescue pilots or bush pilots or EMS pilots might score higher. But then they don’t earn so well...
- if family are important to you then honestly, career in aviation is not ideal. The money in aviation is best towards the top of the chain as a captain for an airline, flying long haul. You’ll be away from home a LOT. You will miss birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and funerals. Among those pilots, divorce rates are extremely high and relationships with parents, children etc. are difficult to maintain. This is a huge downside to the career. It matters more as you get older.
- if health is important to you, then airline flying is a poor choice. This is a terrible lifestyle for the body. Long hours, interrupted sleep, poor quality food and difficulty with creating regular exercise routines.
- the numbers game (he/she with the most hours wins) is an anomaly specific to the aviation game. Basically, once you’re employed at an airline, all you have to do is keep on flying and building hours. Seniority (and therefore opportunity and salary) is based purely on numbers as opposed to merit. IOW, it’s not the best pilot who gets promoted. It’s the one with the most hours at the airline. So if you are more talented or do a better job than your colleagues, it makes no difference- the chain of seniority is all that matters. It’s quite bizarre and for many, quite frustrating. If you’re the kind of person who is happy to just watch the years tick by and wait for the numbers to slowly climb, then you’ll like it. But if you are someone who likes to determine their own fate, or wants to do better than their colleagues in return for greater reward, then it’ll frustrate you. I’m not saying that it’s a cake walk - being an airline pilot carries huge responsibility and you’re always being tested, but it is still the only field that rewards loyalty over performance.
Here’s a fact for you: a large percentage of airline pilots really hate their jobs. Probably just as high a percentage as the finance people who hate their jobs. A good friend of mine has just retired from 747s and he absolutely loves flying (aerobatics in particular) but he would rather be absolutely anywhere rather than on the flight deck of a 747. The novelty of rank and the perception of glamour fade very quickly, while the downsides which I have mentioned above grow in impact over time.
If you want a happy, healthy life, then think long and hard.
On the other hand, for those who really have the passion, there is absolutely no other career to even consider.