A handful of you may know my current situation, but I'll try to be brief for the rest of you (and probably fail at it)
Basically, left college summer 09. Graduated as a commercial pilot and flight instructor and I've always wanted to be an airline pilot yadda yadda (the usual), but there are no pilot jobs whatsoever specially for somebody with barely over 300hrs. Was jobless until January this year. Since then I have been working for a very VERY wealthy person as a purchaser for his new aircraft. Fast forward to this month and the plane is finally ready to be put into use. Which means they will no longer have use for me as an airplane purchaser. The original goal for both me and them (my employer's company) was to have them buy the plane and then I'd be the copilot, but due to medical reasons*** that won't happen, and they already have a copilot hired at this point.
However, today, somewhat predictably, I was offered to remain employed as the "administrator" for the airplane, meaning I get to make sure it complies with all maintenance requirements, I'll be a dispatcher of sorts, coordinate charter schedules, and other stuff like that. It would be mostly a desk job, which I can't stand. I might possibly get my own office. I don't know if I will get a pay raise as of yet, but I do plan on asking them to at the very least equal what they are currently paying me, which isnt too bad a salary but could be better of course. I'm not worried about them finding another person to do this as there's pretty much nobody in the know at the moment and they've been really happy with me so far.
For now I told them I'd think about their proposition.
However, this isn't an easy decision for a variety of reasons:
For one, I'm a pilot. I belong in the sky. As corny as that sounds, even my most interesting desk jobs were highly boring and I'd get frustrated really quick, and I can't help feeling like a major failure when in a desk. It's just not my place to be sitting behind a computer all day. However, at least this job will keep me very close to the airplane itself, and I'll probably get non-rev privileges of sorts (and I plan on asking for them anyways). And it will hopefully keep me far away from my other life problems as mention next:
The other thing that bothers me, is that I need to get the heck out of living with my parents, or parent rather. My family has pretty much fallen apart since november last year, and things have been ghastly ever since. My dad moved out, my parents will be getting divorced soon, and I'm stuck living with my mom who has an extremely bad case of borderline personality disorder (aka she's borderline psycho). Hence why my dad moved out. So here I am stuck putting up with her crap. Life has been terrible for me emotionally in that regard and my mother's illness has take a huge toll on me and has ruined my emotional self, which in turn has ruined my social life, which in turn means i'll probably remain single perpetually. My only hope is that if I get a pay raise I at least can afford renting a place somewhere to get away from this hell hole. Otherwise I'm stuck living with my mom, which I just CAN NOT put up with anymore. An alternative would be to move out with my dad, whom I have a much better relationship with and conveniently lives in a nice apartment very close to the airport, however, while things may be better with him, i'm still stuck living with a parent, and at 26 years I think I'm more than ready to get the hell out of my parents nest, but I don't really have the means to, yet. I dunno how to put it, I just need my own goddamn place. When I lived in my own place in college I was sooooooo much more relaxed and less stressed, sure it was lonely at times but at least I wasn't cranky and pissy and constipated all the time.
My original plan B was, that after my airplane buying job was done, to just pack up my crap and move out to CA with my best friend, who has an airplane, and fly his plane on the side while I work in whatever job I can find. Out there he has a great group of friends I get along with real well and there's plenty of girlfriend material to choose from, so I'd at least have a decent social life, which I need ASAP before I go insane like my mother (she was born with it but you get my drift). The catch is the cost of living out there, and I have absolutely no means to support myself living out there not even for a few days while I figure out if I can get a job, so I'd pretty much would have to arrive at CA with a guaranteed job already, which is pretty much impossible to pull off. My friend did say I could live with him and his parents for a month or so while I get settled in with a job, but the way the economy is right now who knows how long it may take for me to get a job.
*** I guess I must mention that since I'm living in Mexico at the moment, which is where my job is at, I'm trying to get my Mexican Medical certificate, but they just so happen to make a big fuss because I'm blind without my glasses, yet I see 20/20 with them on. According to Mexican authorities that's not good enough
The FAA and ICAO don't give a damn about my blindness as long as its correctable to 20/20 (which it is) All my licenses/certificates are FAA issued.
Anyways, can't think of much else to put in here, but I'd glad to here any advice/ideas and I'd greatly appreciate any input