My life-long dream has been to be a pilot in the military ever since I was 5 years old. Now, I'm 15 and I still plan on trying. I've researched and found out that it is very tough to become a military pilot.
I'm also considering being a corporate or airline pilot because that would also be a way to live my dream. However, there is only one problem: My parents would like me to be a military pilot but when I mentioned airline pilot they said I would be much better off being an engineer or something that makes more money.
All they have done is say how stressful it is and how hard a life it would be. I'm taking flying lessons now and my parents just see it as an expensive hobby.
I see it as my FUTURE (LIVING MY DREAM!). I would like your opinion on this and what you would do if you were in my shoes.
I am not sure from which part of the world you are from. If you come from the developed world, e.g. the US, Europe or Australia, getting a job as an airline pilot is tough. Even in other countries that regularly used to hire new pilots as opposed to experienced pilots; the market is slowly closing its doors for airline pilot wannabes. Now, most airlines in the Middle East and Asia are looking for experienced pilots only.
For the newcomers, the road to an airline career is a long and winding one. Yes, if you are from the US, the pay is not very attractive. See a previous email ‘Window washers, ticket agents and lavatory technicians make more than pilots in the US!’ here. For that reason, your parent would rather you become an engineer or something else that pays you better.
Yes, you look passionate about what you want to be in the future. The problem is, to be or not to be an airline pilot is determined by the market forces today! Many big legacy airlines are not doing well and there are also many new pilots waiting to be employed. Nevertheless, I wish you all the best in pursuing your dreams.
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