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We've all been here at some stage in our journey, for some it was longer ago than others, the journey however is much the same. Strolling across the apron to your awaiting lawn-mower attached to a set of rotors, twinkling in the sun, ready for you to throw it around the sky for another glorious hour of fun. Ah, the memories come flooding back to us all !!
As you climb in and buckle up you think ahead to those days when you'll get paid to do this. Flashes of the tinted shades and 'look at me hard at work' pictures flash through your mind. Your Facebook feed wont know what hit it....
Dare I say probably something like this . .
Now just hold those horses boys and girls, time for an important announcement.
The serious work to get your first flying position, and let's be honest it's one of the most important, begins NOW. It begins way sooner than most realise. Student pilots that understand this seem to get their careers up and running considerably faster than those who don't. Over the years I've seen this happen time and time again. If you are currently at flight school following your commercial pilot dream, perhaps think about what we're discussing.
Let us set the scene....
It's a still, clear and sunny morning, perfect for flying. Heading blissfully off to flight school full of excitement with dreams of the new life unfolding. Shouldn't you be enjoying flight training rather than thinking about all things commercial, after all, you're just a student or even sporting your freshly printed PPL.
Flight school may be some of the best flying you can do, no commercial pressures, no obligations, just the sheer learning experience. It's awesome, it's what it's all about. You will look back on these times with great fondness and later on, with sheer astonishment that you never killed yourself !!
But.... and there is an important but .... if you are planning to do this for a career you need to start thinking about it NOW !!
'It's our choices that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities'
J K Rowling
You are currently on a 'Two Year Interview'. "What interview? I'm at flight school just having fun and besides, I'm a customer not an employee". Yes you are, however you really should be thinking about it VERY differently if you wish to increase your fledgling careers success.
In a previous post, I mentioned it's your networks that secure those posts. Jobs may get advertised, although it's extremely rare that they are filled that way. Start looking after your network as soon as you set your bum on that seat for the first time.
Let's have a practical look at the situation. Who knows you best in the flying world? The flight school. Your instructor. The operations person who does your bookings and sorts out your payments. Those are the people you are currently having your 'two year interview' with.
When the dust settles after the graduation party and you start looking for work, where do you turn? You got it, the ops controller and your instructor. If you apply for a job, the prospective chief pilot contacts the school for feedback, who will they speak too? The ops desk and then your instructor.
Here's my list of 'The most important people in your early flying career':
'Eighty-five per cent of the reason you get a job,
keep that job, and move ahead in that job,
has to do with your people skills'
This is a great time to mention social media. This form of 'advertising' is here whether we like it or not. It can be a huge advantage if you are wishing to get a message across and a huge disadvantage if the message you are portraying doesn't bode you well. You can be almost 100% certain that any prospective employer will do a spot of Facebook & Instagram stalking to see what you have been up to long before you get called to an interview.
I've written about it HERE before.
"In today's world a hero shot can ruin a career in moments, something you spent years and thousands trying to create"
You've been on a 'Two Year Interview' during your flight training. How have you faired?
Sometimes the real important people are right under your nose. Employers know who they are, the big question is, do you ?
Be safe out there boys and girls.
Thanks for stopping by.
Just my experiences as a pilot in Africa, things learnt along the way and useful stuff for others following their dream...
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