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Prior career before flying?

Post by 172pilot » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:33 pm

I was curious how many of you had a unrelated career prior to flying? I realize most on the forum might have started in this field, right from a young age, but has anyone made a major change? and why? Or do you fly with anyone that has? No real reason why i'm asking other than i have friends changing careers lately. I remember hearing about an AC pilot who was a doctor; seems there are some lawyers who have made the jump into aviation. Also heard the opposite, of an AC captain becoming a city police officer, due to always wanting to try it out.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by 337 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:53 am

Artillery Gunner
Framing Carpenter
Pilot
I got tired of working outside in the pouring rain. I had an epiphany one day while on a job site that there has got to be a better way to earn a living.
I was back in school about a month later.

Never looked back, and the construction skills have helped through the lean years of my aviation.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Cadismack » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:39 am

HR
University/Flight Training
Pilot
Back to HR and take delivery of my own plane in 3 weeks. Wouldn't have it any other way now that I get to be home every night with my growing family.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by darbel » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:43 am

Farmer
Oilfield Maintenance
Cabinetmaker
Pilot

I was a farmer/oilfield maintenance as a kid. I was a cabinetmaker for about 3-4 years. Then I followed my passion in life and I'll never look back.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Rebelle » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:34 am

I hope to be able to say someday...

Community organizer (health sector), pilot. ;)
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by iSight » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:55 am

Service manager - 3yrs
Metal Fabricator - 7 1/2 yrs
Pilot/sometimes-airplane-washer-guy

It's going to take a while to get up to the pay level of fabricating but so far my bad days flying are still better than my good days fabricating. Can't say the same for that airplane washing - there's just no money in it! :wink:
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Big Pistons Forever » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:25 am

Marine Biologist, Canadian Forces reservist
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Big Pistons Forever » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:25 am

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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by DanWEC » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:40 am

Bartender
Construction
CNC programming
Project management
Bar Manager

Dispatch/hotel clerk as a ground position.......
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by 180 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:02 pm

In no particular order:

House Painter
Mountain Bike Courier
Restaurant Bartender
Unit Crew Firefighter
Construction
Taxi Driver
Pub Bartender
Sailing Instructor
Deckhand on a yacht
First Aid Attendant
Hotel Night Manager
Limo Driver
Nightclub Bartender
PILOT.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Gravy » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:17 pm

snowboard instructor
construction
television salesman
tree planter
cook
mold removal (the worst)
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by ScudRunner » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:36 pm

Gas Jockey
Olympic Gold Medal Freestyle Couch Surfer
Rampy
Pilot
unemployed
Greens Keeper (I drove the ball picker upper thing)
Pilot
unemployed
backpacker NZ/Aus
pilot
unemployed
Backpacker SE Asia
Unemployed
Pilot
Unemployed
Pilot
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Rebelle » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:39 pm

I like you consider backpacking a job, .!
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by JayVee » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:42 pm

Journeyman pressman at a daily newspaper.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by wang dang doodle » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:29 pm

I started off as manager of a strip club,which eventually led me to become a small time pimp.This gave me the money to get my pilot licence and now I'm a CP of a small time beaver operation,so nothing much has changed.....
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by ea306 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:17 pm

Painter,
Heavy Equipment Operator,
Process Control OSB Mill
Apartment Building Manager,
Pilot,
Gave up a $70,000.00 plus a year job to fly airplanes and made $12,000.00 in the first year flying....craziness.
Well worth it long time ago though!
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by flyinthebug » Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:11 am

10 years in the trucking industry..
Shipper/Receiver, Parts counterman, then a parts manager. I HATED my job and dreamed every day of becoming a pilot. After a particularly horrible 4-12 shift, I came home deflated and hating my life and job. My VERY supportive wife said to me ...why dont you follow your childhood dream and learn how to fly. We sold the house to start the financing of my licences and we never looked back. It was a tough (financial) transition, but one I would gladly live through again to get the career ive loved now for almost 20 years.
Many of us started in other industries, but our love of aviation won out in the end. I wouldnt trade a single minute of my aviation career, and I have absolutely no regrets!!
Fly safe all.
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by cdnpilot77 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:01 am

Hockey School Instructor
Home Exterior Reno's
Gas Jockey
Subway Sandwich Artist
Dishwasher
Ski Patrol
Swimming Pool Installer
Core Sample Driller
Construction on a swing stage (forgot that one)
Sports Retail Manager
Industrial Sales
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Dockhand
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Expat » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:46 am

A good military career before flying, and a better international public servant career after. :smt040
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by andy_mtl » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:50 pm

Bus boy
Cook
front desk clerk
flight attendant
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by flyer 1492 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:19 pm

High School
Sales Person
Rampie
Pilot


Flyer 1492
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Lost Lake » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:52 pm

Purchasing agent
sales rep
headhunter
That was the first 40 yr of my life
Pilot
Ultralight sales/instructor
Pilot
Gas Bar Manager
Pilot

I miss the money in the first 40, love the job in the last 20
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by Meatservo » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:16 pm

Lost Lake wrote:Purchasing agent
sales rep
headhunter
That was the first 40 yr of my life
Pilot
Ultralight sales/instructor
Pilot
Gas Bar Manager
Pilot

I miss the money in the first 40, love the job in the last 20

I've always been curious about that line of work. Did you shrink them, too? Was it just your personal enemies, or did you do it for hire? How exactly did you shrink them to that tiny size? Did you have to bust up the skull, or remove it altogether?
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by nightguy » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:34 pm

Worked in a computer room. Whatever you do avoid computer rooms!!!
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Re: Prior career before flying?

Post by beaverbob » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:47 pm

High School Student. :lol:
Worked at pulp mill construction long enough to by a plane and build time. (1 year.) then flying until now.
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