Discouraging young people with big dreams
A guy asked a question on an aviation forum, about how to become a pilot, and asked for any advice on how to succeed. One of the first replies he got was “Don’t become a pilot”
WOW. I could go on forever about this, and there are several reasons that is wrong.
Just let me say this; you don’t just tear out someones heart, and start jumping on it. That is exactly what this fellow did by posting such a discouraging comment. I understand (and know first hand) how hard it is, how much money and dedication you have to invest in your dream, but saying something like that is just disrespectful.
I think this is where the US and especially Norway differ. In Norway, we don’t pay tuition to go to universities, it’s all sponsored through the government. Unless you want to go to a private university of course. That’s why it seems like such a big investment (and it is, don’t get me wrong) to do flight training rather than a bachelor or master degree.
In the US, the difference between going to university or flight training is more evened out, by the tuition students have to pay in order to get a degree. This might answer to someone who might be skeptic and think it’s too big of an investment. But if you really look at it though, the difference between getting your commercial pilot license and a master degree, isn’t too much (in the US). In Norway, that’s a whole other story, and might explain why some people in Norway think it’s a waste of money.
Education is expensive, but it is an investment in your own future. I’m doing my flight training, and waiting to see if I’ll do a degree. If I wanted to get a degree, I would have to get a Masters, because a bachelor in political science (which is the degree I would seek) is not really worth anything unless you add those 2 extra years and get a Master.
I feel sorry for this guy, trying to get advice from pilots and others involved in the aviation industry. The same, disrespectful guy even said:
The aviation industry is a place no one wants to work.
Well, I’m not going to argue that too much, but HELL, if it is a place no one wants to be, something has to change. We can’t just stop the recruitment to the flight deck because it is an awful place to work (disrespectful guy’s words.) Things need to change, and we need new, young pilots ready to make that sacrifice; to make aviation a safe and good industry to be employed within, with reasonable paychecks and work schedules.
If people like this forum troll continues to discourage young student pilots in pursuing their dream, all we are left with is pilots from low-cost countries that can work for “a dollar a day” – I’m not interested in making that happen.