Even before their children reach the age of getting a drivers license, parents place queries for their childs career in aviation. Industry reports an increasing number of parents‘ queries for the professional advice on their children potential in making a career in aviation.
“Many parents contacting have faced the optimistic aviation market forcasts for upcoming decades, such as Boeing‘s “Current Market Outlook”, stating that during the upcoming 20 years period world airlines will be faced with the need to employ over 460000 pilots, what equals to approximatelly 23000 new pilots each year“, Indre Sveistryte, Head of Baltic Aviation Academy‘s Ab Initio school, comments to the BAA News. “As a result of the major manufacturers forecasts, some of the local media had put pilot profession into most demanded professions lists, for instance, US News & World Report and its‘ 50 Best Careers“, added the head of the Ab Initio training. “It is the profession most people dream about since their childhood – the parents are also contacting due to their children passion to stick to the sky each time the plane flies above their heads“, added I. Sveistryte.
3 concerns by the parents
The top 3 concerns and questions placed by parents are: “It might be a dangerous profession“, “the academic preparation a pilot candidate should have“ and “the physical preparation required“. To compare with a car accident, US in 2010 had more than 5.5 million car accidents, almost 4,000 rail accidents, and more than 8,000 waterborne accidents while meanwhile aircraft accidents – only 1,500. The other incontrovertible fact is that around 70% aircraft accident is stated to happen because of the human factor.
That leads us the next question of the preparation the pilot should have. Every pilot knows being not less than 18 years old, knowledge of Mathematics, English and Physics and JAR-FCL Class 1 Medical Certificate is a mandatory requirement. However, the soft skills, such as personality, thinking style, co-ordination, spatial orientation, decision making, motivation and team work abilities are also strongly evaluated during the assessment. “I would say it is the main mismatch from the parents’ expectations. Though Physics and Mathematics can be improved through the effort and motivation, each pilot knows the personality style to manage an aircraft flying several hundred people is a way more difficult thing to change. The society still has a quiet fragmental picture on the human qualities needed to pilot an aircraft”, told I. Sveistryte.
Your job – dream job for thousands
According to a recent LinkedIn survey, published in November 2012, just less than 30 percent of workers land their dream job, or work in some related field. The survey was conducted from about 8,000 professionals. The top dream jobs for American men were airline or helicopter pilot, scientist and professional or Olympic athlete, according to the survey.
“People who are working in their dream careers generally love what they do and are delighted to talk about it”, is written on LinkedIn blog. In fact, more than 70 percent of those surveyed said that “taking pleasure in your work” was the most important characteristic of a dream job.
The childhood dream may win over
In 2011, Baltic Aviation Academy gathered an interesting group of Ab Initio pilots, who decided to quit their previous occupations and come back to their dream jobs. The team included an ex-golf teacher from Netherlands, ex-private detective from Italy, ex-engineer from France and an ex-marketing event manager from Kenya.
“I was a golf teacher for 7 years, working in different courts across Netherlands. I did not get enough satisfaction from doing the job, so I turned back to my childhood dream to become a pilot’ shared his experience Stephan van Leeuwen, an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) integrated course student from the Netherlands. However, coming back to your dreams when you are an adult requires a more effort, as the skill to learn things fast, acquired in the school, fades away.
Baltic Aviation Academy asks all the professional pilots worldwide to help parents and children on sharing their pros and cons of being an airline pilot in the particular region. You may also send us your ideas, passions and advice at [email protected]