otherwise its a dull career in computing for me :-(
Don't knock off the I.T. career straight away - in my case it's enabling me to pay for my flying training and later in my (flying) career it may well help keep me supplied with wine, women and leisure footwear during the inevitable furlough(s) that I will experience.
The first thing I ever learned about flying aircraft was that you should always leave yourself a way out - and as far as I'm concerned that mentality should be extended to the career as a whole, not just your time in the pilots seat.
Also, and I know I might well start a flame war here, it appears to me the days of airlines taking the 250 hour pilot and giving them a type-rating in a shiny new 70 ton jet are, with a few exceptions, pretty much over for the foreseeable future.
Many airlines are now advertising for pilots to pay for their own type-rating through bonding or simply to pay for it outright. And those that don't typically require considerable hours in the logbook (1500+). This is not something that I agree with personally but the sad fact is that there are so few job openings coming up, and with so many (very) experienced pilots out there fighting for the jobs that do exist the 250 hour, wet behind the ears rookie has little chance - so that career in I.T. (or any industry) may well be your day job for a few years until either conditions improve or you've built up enough hours to get a shot at an interview.
Aside from paying for type-ratings and other luxuries you still have to get your license in the first place. Airline sponsorship is almost non-existent, and in the UK you'll be lucky to have change out of 25,000 pounds once you've actually got your CPL/IR and passed the ATPL exams. Unless you've got rich parents the chances are you'll have to pay for it yourself - that I.T. career might come to the rescue once again.
[Edited 2003-10-29 14:02:59]
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