I have been thinking seriously about going to school to become a commercial pilot.
That career has always greatly interested me, and aviation remains a passion for me the same as it was 20 years ago.
Now, I had this same idea back in 1998, when I was 20. I got a Canadian PPL with a night rating, but unfortunately due to eyesight issues I wasn't confident that I could keep a current medical certificate. So, I stopped flying as I couldn't justify the costs otherwise.
Today I'm 32, but the career that I've had for the past decade (graphic and web design), has kind of fizzled. I still find it enjoyable, but job prospects are rough. I started going back to school this year to get a degree in Graphic Design (I didn't have one before), but I'm left wondering whether it's what I really want to do. In my mind, I came back to aviation.
Changed is the eyesight problem. In 2005 I moved to the United States with my wife, I hold a Green Card, and since my eyesight is 20/20 with corrective lenses, there is no eyesight issue any more.
My life is different now, being married with a son. But, my wife made it clear that she would support me if I wanted to do this, even if it means moving around our lives for a few years. She has a good prospect for a freelance career and is about to embark on that, and I have a relatively steady stream of freelance work as well. So, money wouldn't be a great concern.
But my main concerns are, at 32, what are my prospects? Is it too late to get anywhere really spectacular in an airline? Not that I wouldn't be happy flying an RJ, it's just that I have 787 ambitions.
So. At a cross roads. I have a career that I've been perfectly happy with and experienced at for a decade, and due to a slow spot have chosen to return to school, probably getting out to many good opportunities. But I'm thinking that maybe I should go out on a limb while I can and aim at a career that I've been interested in for most of my life. Is it worth dragging my family along for a wild ride to chase an ambition that will ultimately end up changing the family dynamic, or should I choose the comfortable and well-known path that I'm already experienced in? I know it really depends what kind of individual I am and my family dynamics, but what would you do?
[Edited 2010-01-25 15:57:04 by cytz_pilot]