Well, I would've loved to have been a pilot but in those days, didn't have a clue how to go about it. The guy I used to sit next to a school managed to get a sponsorship in the RAF (I definitely didn't fancy the forces) and after two years he got a job with BA
, first as a co-pilot on BAC111's. Last I heard, he was a captain on their 757's and now, apparently, he's their chief training captain for the A320 family .... we both got similar exam results too
My interest in aircraft came from living on the final approach into RAE Bedford where, as a child, we had BOAC VC10's and 707's flying over on pilot training, as well as BAE 111's and Tridents, various experimental aircraft such as those which led to the development of the harrier, and loads of other aircraft too, including twice a year, 6 Vulcans would visit for 2 weeks to do their exercises which used to climax in a scramble, usually around 4am followed by numerous complaints from local residents .... I loved it!
My first job was that of an apprentice airframe technician but sadly I didn't get on with my boss and left after a year. If I'd only waited 2 more weeks, he had a heart attack and was retired on medical grounds; his replacement was his deputy who I got on great with!!!
Looks like a career in aviation wasn't to be but if I'd followed that course, I'd never have met the love of my life!