A career choice is
based on a thorough understanding of your needs and wants,
and the requirements of the aviation labor market.
At mid-life, you have the advantage of being able to
draw on many years of real-world experiences to select a
- Lets you use the skills you enjoy most.
- Pays enough to support your lifestyle.
- Is in demand.
Why do you need to change your career?
Recognize what you don't like about your present career.
Name specific sources of discontent. Some possible reasons
are given below. Perhaps you can think of others that are
relevant to your situation.
- You have skills you enjoy using, but your present
job doesn't allow you to use them.
- Your current job doesn't give you the monetary benefits
that your work deserves.
- You want to find a job that pays what you believe
the job is worth.
- You want to find work that is its own reward, that
is satisfying and meaningful and that has intrinsic
value, regardless of earnings.
- You want a change of pace, to slow down and to have
more time for yourself, your family and the community.
- You're ready for a new challenge.
- You want the chance to grow and learn in a direction
that your present situation won't permit.
- You want to enhance your image and prestige.
- You don't like your present schedule, the hours,
the shifts, the overtime or the lack of flexibility.
- You're unemployed and you want to broaden your job
search and explore new fields.
- You're employed, but things at work are not as much
fun anymore. Perhaps the company has changed hands or
you have a new boss who doesn't support your career
- You feel you're ready for a change of environment
and maybe a new career too.
Before you make drastic career changes:
Stop and consider:
Can you come up with creative ways to solve your problems
without changing careers? For instance, would you be content
to transfer to a different department, division or even
a different company where you would have the same job in
the same field?
Is your discontent related to:
- The job itself?
- The company environment?