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post #16 of 175
If i could do it all over again I would have pursued a career coaching college basketball.

When I was in college I had to sit out my junior year with a knee injury. The head coach asked me if I would be interested in being an assistant coach for the JV team and I jumped at the opportunity. I worked some major college summer camps and had lots of connections that could have set me up with a low level assistant job once I graduated and then worked my way up from there. Hell, the coach I assisted on the JV team has been a coach in the Ivy League for 10 years now.

Coaching my kid's soccer teams for the past few years has awakened that itch to coach again. Working with kids and watching them develop and get better at the things I am teaching them is very rewarding.
post #17 of 175
porn, taco taster, gym owner or sculptor
post #18 of 175
Formula 1 driver.
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I would have taken up aviation.
As a matter of fact, I still might.
Speaking with numerous pilots, the large carriers are all looking for 2 things: Flight hours and a bachelors degree.
Most students coming through flight school (We have the largest in the country in my city) either have a 2 year college course, or no post-secondary (aside from pilots training).

That's because the majority of flying jobs don't require a degree and flight training is already expensive enough. Only need a degree to be a captain at an airline (and some corporate jobs). You get those hours by toiling away at flight instructing and lower level jobs for half a decade, then spending a solid 8-10 yrs at a regional before you finally get to a major airline and have the privilege of making $40k your first year. Good luck if you pursue it though.
post #19 of 175
What's the typical pathway to a jumbojet (747) pilot? Now that's glamorous.
post #20 of 175
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What's the typical pathway to a jumbojet (747) pilot? Now that's glamorous.

I know a few commercial airline pilots and they all learned to fly in the military so I'll take a stab and say the "typical" pathway is a military career.
post #21 of 175
I'd have been a commercial banker or a software engineer. In a weird way my job takes skills from both of these areas but I am not qualified to work exclusively in either.
post #22 of 175
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What's the typical pathway to a jumbojet (747) pilot? Now that's glamorous.

What Pio said is one way. It's probably 60/40 civilian to military guys at major airlines. Takes 15-20 years of being on a smaller air frame at a major and then some bit of luck to get put in a jumbo like a 747. Or you can apply to foreign airlines that have those airframes and try to get on that way.
post #23 of 175
wouldn't change a fucking thing
post #24 of 175
No idea yet, but I have time to decide. I am set to be a linguist in the military, and I have no idea what that could translate to in the civilian world. We'll see.
post #25 of 175
There's nothing else I'd rather be doing for a career than what I'm doing. (I'm a university professor.) I know a lot of colleagues who very much regret getting into this field, and I can see where they're coming from, but I love what I do.
post #26 of 175
If have tried for something with real world skills. Anything, just about. I like working with my hands and having something tangible to show for it at the end of the day.

Being a lawyer is goddamn useless.
post #27 of 175
Geology or Petroleum Engineering
post #28 of 175
letterpress printer and type designer, or a mechanical engineer.
post #29 of 175
I'm still in the early phases, but I'm pretty happy. I wish I'd done some stuff differently along the way, but who doesn't? Part of the process. Things are moving in the right direction, time to see how they fall out. We'll see in ten years.
post #30 of 175
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Originally Posted by xpress View Post

I would have taken up aviation.
As a matter of fact, I still might.
Speaking with numerous pilots, the large carriers are all looking for 2 things: Flight hours and a bachelors degree.
Most students coming through flight school (We have the largest in the country in my city) either have a 2 year college course, or no post-secondary (aside from pilots training).

Wow. Im actually in aviation. Right now is a great time to be in aviation as the majority of pilots are retiring. Most airlines will not even look at you without some sort of post secondary education. Where are you located? Arizona or Florida?

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