Ever since earning my Private Pilot’s Certificate (and even when people learned I scheduled my check ride) the question I get from every one is, “what’s next?” I dread getting this question because I really don’t know. I still don’t know and I kind of hate it.
This past year I’ve been having that switch from the “I don’t care, I’ll do what I want twentysomething” to a “responsible, future thinking adult” which has made me realize I don’t think the theatre community is for me anymore. I heard some (to me) horrific stories from older actors about what they had to do to make ends meet. Not even having everything secure when having children. I realized to me, that’s not worth it. Theatre used to be my life, but I’m not too happy doing it anymore. But what do I want to do with my life? I’m not sure.
Part of me knows I’d love to be in aviation. I’m just unsure of where I fit into it or really how to change careers. I know one thing for sure, I do not want to be an airline pilot. That’s a hard no, and not changing. I’ve seen the struggles and frustrations from Jake’s career and now it’s even harder with the ATP requirement. And it’s not that you couldn’t pay me enough to go through that, it’s that they definitely won’t pay me enough. Or at least for a very long time.
Other options have been brainstormed by me and Jake. Air Traffic Controller was his suggestion. I think I could enjoy that, the problem though they haven’t hired in a while and their future doesn’t look the best right now in the US. I’d have to start studying for the FAA’s pre-employment test now though because he knows people who went to college for four years to take that test. Another job I’ve come across is Airline Dispatcher. But as some of you know, I’m not a huge fan of math. I don’t know too much about the ins and outs of a dispatcher, but maybe something worth looking into. There’s also the dream of working for a company like AOPA or EAA, but sadly, a career in theatre doesn’t transfer too well into those positions.
Lastly, the job that’s been occupying my mind a lot if a CFI. Argh, and it’s not a too practical job. A lot are time builders so it’s not a well paying job, would I even get healthcare or then worrying about my retirement fund as well. It doesn’t seem like a practical adult job and has a bunch of the frustrations I was facing working in theatre. It’d also be a lot more training. I’d no doubt enjoy that training though, maybe not the cost of it. Then would teaching be for me? I’ve never taught anything, well, an occasional little girl dance steps, but that’s it. Maybe I’ll just work towards building 50 hours of cross-country time required for my instrument rating and see where that takes me.
There’s a lot to consider, and eventually I’m just going to have to take a leap no matter what the decision.