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Should I become a pilot or a brain surgeon?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Friday, 02 December 2011 04:28

A Young Lady Pilot
Hello Captain Lim,

I'm 14 and it's a privilege for me to be able to talk to you.

Sir, since I was a child, I always wanted to become an airline pilot. My family, all keep on telling me to become a doctor.

Personally, I like being a brain surgeon for different reasons. But I like being a pilot a lot better. Whenever I close my eyes, I think about planes. I mean I love planes.

What do you think? I live in Canada and I know being a surgeon means a lot of money but money isn't the only thing right? For example, when I am 40 and a surgeon, I will always regret for not becoming a pilot. What could money do? We should enjoy our jobs right?

What do you honestly think about me? Should I become a pilot or a surgeon?

Please give me some advice as to whether you have any regrets of becoming a pilot. I really really appreciate your help.

Paris A

Hi Paris,

I have answered quite a number of questions similar to yours. See here

First of all, I do agree with you that money isn't everything in life. No doubt we need money but one has to be happy in one's career. Yes I was happy with what I was doing.

If you ask a brain surgeon, I am sure he would give you the same answer too. So being happy in one's job is probably a very personal thing.

So why not pose the same question to a doctor yourself? Get his views and then decide for yourself.

As for me, I became a pilot because I did not have a choice like you have. I have no regrets being a pilot only because I did not have the opportunity to be a doctor when I was younger.

Whatever it is, at the end of the day I believe a brain surgeon would probably be a better choice. To be honest, I have a friend who is a doctor and he told me he missed the opportunity of becoming an airline pilot when he was in his youth. Perhaps he was among the minority. You can read his article in the above reference.

Remember, if you really love flying, you can still become a pilot after you become a doctor.

All the best to your future choice.

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Go be a surgeon and with the money you make buy your own plane and fly around on your own terms.
Marc , 04 Dec, 2011
I think flying is fun but doing it day in and day out may not be. My cousin's old boyfriend is a pilot and he said he didn't like being away from home a lot (especially after his children were born), working in different hours in different time zones. It was fun at first when he was young and got to fly to different cities. You can always be a pilot and fly when you can afford to buy or lease your own plane.
Robin , 11 Dec, 2011
When you are in medical field, just forget your other dreams. TO be a brain surgeon and later on become pilot is such a nonsense. Maybe you can fly the small air craft but definitely not the A380 or B 747. Anyway brain surgeon is so busy, no life a normal human beings, and making money from medical illness is a horrible thing. A doctor's job is not to be rich but to serve the people
Dr Wan ENT MO , 22 Dec, 2011
Why not both?
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