-Live in Charlotte, NC area
-Three kids with fourth on way
-Unemployed trying to make a change
-Looking into options
-No college. Just high school and coding bootcamp.
So I have 32 hours in a Cessna 172 logged a few years ago towards my private license. I was unable to finish as I ran out of money and was young and other priorities has to come first.
I am unfortunately currently unemployed and have been trying to get hired as a web developer but without a 4 year computer science degree and experience its been a long road. I took a gamble and spent $5000 on a coding boot camp and while I did learn some I still haven’t been able to get hired.
With that being said I have a wife and three kids and one on the way. I am young at 26 years old and feel a career crisis coming across me as I don’t want my kids growing up with their father still searching for a career to make enough money to make ends meet. Luckily my wife makes decent money but since she owns a business it can fluctuate.
I’m currently at the surface level looking into attending ATP and making this change but of course I have some questions prior to even discussing this over with my family.
-Whats a realistic schedule like for someone freshly hired on? Obviously with a family its important I can be home and from what I’ve been told its not easy at first until you gain seniority. This may be a deal breaker for me but I wanted some real examples to see how others with families deal with it.
-Is relocation needed? I’m currently in Charlotte, NC and since my wife owns a successful business I’m not able to relocate. This would be a big deal breaker for going this route. I know there’s tons of airlines based in Charlotte so I’d like some realistic expectations on getting hired locally.
-Could I defer my loan? I would have to defer my loan until I get a job as I know I couldn’t afford to pay the loan and train full time and even after training without a job I couldn’t afford to make ends meet. Is this possible?
-After ATP and building some time as a CFI what are my realistic chances of getting a corporate gig flying turbo props?
-I realize ATP offers a guaranteed CFI job. I know I wouldn’t be able to move so this may be an ATP question but whats the chances they’d have an opening in Charlotte, NC as a CFI?
-Last would this be a realistic option as a career for someone in my situation? My goal is to get into a career that I can provide for my family. I know I could go get a job paying minimum wage but that’s not even going to pay my current bills let alone raising children. As you can imagine this would be a HUGE financial and time sensitive risk and I just want to make sure I wouldn’t be making a big mistake.