I have not taken any steps towards ATP at this point in time apart from gathering all the info I possibly can. I’ve joined the forum so I could read through everyone’s personal experiences. Basically I’m not going to put any money towards the process until I know for certain this is the direction I’m going to go with my life.
I have a little more tying me down than most of the people I have spoken to at ATP weather they are teaching or enrolled. I have a wife, a one year old son, and a 200k mortgage. We have discussed downsizing to reduce our mortgage and have been looking at houses in the area. I’f I’m going to leave the safety of my career, be out of work for 9 months, an accrue a 65k dept we need to be able to survive off my wife’s income for a year or so and then I need to be making money to dig us out of the whole I’ll put us in. I’m sure you all understand it’s not an easy decision.
All that being said I would be more apt to jump in if I knew I could turn around and be an instructor in Concord. This would eliminate the need to move my family (again) and have my wife try to find a new job in an area we probably wouldn’t stay in anyways. At the very least we need to stay in NC because that is where she is licensed for nursing and the only state in which I can “moonlight” in real estate.
One of the instructors I spoke with said after getting my CFIs I wouldn’t have trouble finding an instructor position in the area outside of ATP. I have clarified ATP will still help me land a career but I would forfeit the tuition reimbursement if I was an instructor elsewhere.
I guess I’m looking for people to talk me into taking the risk. Also, is there a good place to search for jobs weather they be corporate or commercial? I just want to read through actual postings; I know I’m a ways away from the application process.
Thanks for your time!