So you want to be an airline pilot – The big money
I am 16 this year. I should have started to decide on which career I should choose. Honestly, I wanted to become a lawyer. I am a good speaker and had been representing my state for the national level debate competition recently.
I love to talk. From what I read, lawyers do not earn as much as pilots do. They have no fixed income. Running a firm is like running a business.
In Sibu alone, there are a number of law firms, but only a few are successful. I wanted to have a family. If I have no fixed income, how am I going to feed my family? A stable finance is important for the future of my kids and wife.
Recently, I found a survey of 10 highest paying jobs in Malaysia. Pilot was the list-topper with an average salary of RM 35000/month. I thought perhaps becoming a pilot is good for me.
Well, for the very first reason, it offers high pay. And plus, I'd get the chance to travel around the world for free. But, I know nothing about aviation. Not even a basic knowledge. I don't think doing a job for the sake of high pay is good.
My mom wants me to get a job with high pay. To her, being successful is by getting high pay. So, sir, I am confused.
Should I go on with my dream career, which is to be a lawyer, or becoming a pilot for the high pay?
Did you choose to be a pilot because it offers high pay?
Being an airline pilot in Malaysia is getting very competitive today. As of 19.9.13, the DG of Civil Aviation in Malaysia reported that there are still 1174 pilot graduates yet to be employed. (see here)
It is because of the attractive salary that many have invested a lot of money to get the necessary licences to become an airline pilot (between RM 280,000 – RM330,000). Basically, it is a question of supply exceeding demand issue. As a result, airlines will only select the best in terms of personal skills, performance and qualifications.
That said, there are some pros and cons of becoming an airline pilot which have been covered in this site many times. Please do a search in this website as many doctors, engineers, dentists have asked me these similar questions. It is a personal choice.
If you have read my book just launched (see here) I have mentioned that I have obtained a law degree (LLB) and a CLP whilst in the airlines but did not practise law as I love flying more. It was more of a backup in case I was medically grounded.
I belong to the old school where I have limited career choices. So being a pilot was not my first choice then. It was beyond my dreams. I only wanted to be a teacher! Good pay came along later in life. (You can read more on this under the topic of a Lifetime of Flying in my book LIFE IN THE SKIES)
All the best to your career choice.
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