Date: 5 September 2017
"With a one-year-old son and wife to provide for, the biggest hurdle to overcome was budgeting our family's household expenses for the time I'd be in training; resigning from the security of an established career would be, at best, a risky move."
My boyhood dream was always to fly airline jets, but limited financial options around the time I left high school meant that my direction in life was different than I'd hoped.
Some years later, I was incentivised to re-evaluate my possible routes to airline employment. Crucially, I was able to explore loan facilities that were unavailable to me in the past.
With a one-year-old son and wife to provide for, the biggest hurdle to overcome was budgeting our family's household expenses for the time I'd be in training; resigning from the security of an established career would be, at best, a risky move.
Despite the potentially huge academic and financial challenge ahead, my mind was set on change. It quickly became clear that integrated training would best suit my learning style and time-sensitive circumstances.
A day-trip with my wife and parents to L3 Academy's Southampton base emphasised the professionalism expected of trainee airline pilots and all our remaining questions regarding integrated training were answered. The seed for my commitment-to-excellence had been sown and, having sought all the information we needed, I attended the selection assessments and applied for a pilot training loan.
Somehow, the planets aligned. And so, with the supportive blessing of my wife and extended family, my direction in life finally changed.
An unexpected sense of peace came with the transition; my zig-zag route to aviation, which had caused so much frustration in the past, had in fact laid a strong foundation of useful skills and life experience upon which I was able to launch my new career.