Anyone Else Considering a New Career?

Hamfighter

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And if so, what?

I switched careers to become an airline pilot, and for good reason - I enjoyed flying privately (do what you love), the money was good, retirement good and free travel.

Well, there's still free travel.

I'm really concerned about doing this for the next 30 years...and being able to support myself after retirement.

Anyway, I can't be the only one considering a change. Anyone switching careers or going back to school to get another degree?

Also, I'm really not looking for the haters with the "quit, whining...stop complaining...quit if you don't like it" stuff - interested in real discussion and opinions. Thanks!
 

IXLR8

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Greeter at Wal-Mart?
 

chucklhed

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Fluffer. Then you won't be surprised when management tells you to get on your knees. Sorry, no serious answers here.
 

samballs

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And if so, what?

I switched careers to become an airline pilot, and for good reason - I enjoyed flying privately (do what you love), the money was good, retirement good and free travel.

Well, there's still free travel.

I'm really concerned about doing this for the next 30 years...and being able to support myself after retirement.

Anyway, I can't be the only one considering a change. Anyone switching careers or going back to school to get another degree?

Also, I'm really not looking for the haters with the "quit, whining...stop complaining...quit if you don't like it" stuff - interested in real discussion and opinions. Thanks!
I'm, What it entails is you to quit whining and leave your job so I can take your spot.
 

Rerouted

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It was put to me best by a friend who stayed in when I got out - It's better in looking out than out looking in. With a little less infighting, stronger unions and some real foresight, the industry has hope. If nothing changes...well...just find a job where you don't need drug testing and you'll be all set.
 

dh82dvr

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I'm still trying to think of a brilliant idea that pays well and doesn't require me to actually be there all the time. Failing that stunt c*ck.:beer:
 

samballs

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There are 2 sites where you create a user profile, and when a director needs an actor for a porno they will call you. Watch out though, in the pay section don't go too high unless you have the goods, if you keep your asking price around Mesa wages they will call you at least 3 times a day, no joke!
 

Amish RakeFight

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Scrap metal collector/recycler. Only investment is a shopping cart and perhaps some stripping tools.

Oh yeah... be sure to supplement your diet with dumpster diving. I'm giving it some future consideration. The dumpster diving, that is. Swing by an Au Bon Pain and reach in to the dumpster... yummmmmm. Find a free cup of coffee elsewhere and grab a bench. Now thats frugal living.
 

ATRCAPT

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I would say hang tough for the time being. There are not a lot of jobs in general out there right now. At least you're employed. Wait until the economy picks up then there will be a little more opportunity.
 

Redmeat

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And if so, what?

I switched careers to become an airline pilot, and for good reason - I enjoyed flying privately (do what you love), the money was good, retirement good and free travel.

Well, there's still free travel.

I'm really concerned about doing this for the next 30 years...and being able to support myself after retirement.

Anyway, I can't be the only one considering a change. Anyone switching careers or going back to school to get another degree?

Also, I'm really not looking for the haters with the "quit, whining...stop complaining...quit if you don't like it" stuff - interested in real discussion and opinions. Thanks!
Hamfighter, take a look at the posts here (with the exception of maybe #10 and #16) and it will give you even more cause for concern. These morons are the future of the airlines.

I'm too old to consider a different career and I'm senior enough to be surfing the front of the wave of sh1t that is crashing thru the industry.

With regard to your question, I live in a neighborhood that has many professional pilots. Most of us all fly for the same airline. A neighbors son resigned from one of our regionals after nearly 5 years with them to attend law school. I thought that was pretty cool. More power to him.

He's in his late twenties though sounds like you are older than that. My advice would be finding a degree and or location that has near 100% employment in the field you choose. Though rare, they are out there for intelligent individuals.

I feel your nervousness about being able to retire. This biz is one of the few 'professional' occupations where determination and hard work does not necessarily end with success.

Nature of the biz.
 

B-J-J Fighter

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I'm probably less than 6 months away from being out. I have been flying for the airlines about 4.5 yrs. I put my plan in motion almost a yr ago. I can't wait to roll my bag off for the last time. My new job will pay about the same, have better benefits, more time off, more time to do things I enjoy (spending time with my little man, training wrestlting, BJJ/MMA) and more job satisfaction.
 

RadioClash

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I got out after 10 years. I'm glad I got to do it and was able to realize a dream. Having said that, I have had enough commuting, being away from home, low pay etc. So I have moved on and am a financial advisor now. I don't regret leaving. Yes I am at work every day, but I have weekends and holidays off, if I want to play golf during the week with clients I can do that. If I want to leave early to watch a day time baseball game I can do that. It doesn't work for everyone but it works for me.

It was fun while it lasted but I found myself being too complacent and decided that my heart was not in flying anymore. I don't miss it.

Good luck to you and your decision.
 

ACL65PILOT

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If we continue to sell scope, I may find another profession too!
 
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