Recently after finishing college and obtaining a BA in psychology and sociology I look to my future career. Since I was about four years of age I can remember being enthralled with flight and commercial aviation. Having been lucky to travel much of the world, my passion has only grown stronger. Over the years I have found ways to satisfy my curiosity of aviation. I have a modest collection of aircraft parts, some of which include a 727-200 1R door, 707 2R door, 720 overwing door, 727 Braniff leather seats, galley carts, L1011 FA Seats, and more. I have finally reached a point in my life (of 24 years) where I have the freedom to decide if I am going to bite the bullet and advance in a career as an airline pilot. So much of the media surrounds around the bankruptcy of the major airlines and souring fuel costs. My belief about life is that one needs to conquer their own dreams and aspirations in order to be truly happy. There is little doubt in my mind that by becoming an airline pilot I would not be extremely happy. The other side of each and every career is the security of that profession and being appropriately compensated financially.
If I have not bored all of you already, my question to all those crewmembers out there is if I should follow my dreams. In my mind it seems like an easy decision, but when I look at the $80,000 loan I am going to take out to pay for my training at FlightSafety Academy I become quite nervous at the prospect in such a turbulent industry.
Any input would be appreciated for my own interest as well as those younger Airliners.net goers who have the same passion I did at their age!