I would like to begin with thanking everyone for their questions and the mentors like @Chris and @Adam for their time answering them. Having a community like this definitely makes me feel that much more excited/confident/comfortable about making a career change with ATP just before my mid-30s crisis
I am a Class A PGA Golf Professional, and have been in the industry for 10 years following in the footsteps of my grandfathers. My original plan out of High School was to leave California and graduate from U of North Dakota like my Dad (who’s been a pilot with United since '87). Unfortunately with the industry changes, pay cuts, furloughs etc. after 9/11 I made the decision to pursue a different career path. I try not to kick myself about that, but I’ve had quite the menagerie of life experiences thus far, and it has made me who I am today.
So, getting started, I am looking into locations for the nine month training. My original thought is to pick a location where I would like to live. I’m currently in Monterey, CA but would like to go spend some time in the Seattle or Portland areas where I also have family and friends. Would it be wise though to pick a training location where the weather is nicer like Livermore, Carlsbad, Phoenix, et.? I am thinking about starting in February or June next year.
Regarding living arrangements, my girlfriend would really like to move with me (especially if it’s to the Pacific Northwest or Denver area) so she can be a support after the long days and take care of the things at home like cooking and cleaning so I can just focus on studying. I do like the idea of the shared living arrangement with fellow ATP students for studying purposes, but I know there are some locations where units are available to rent where ATP has their housing arrangements, so I could potentially be close by for any potential study groups. Does anyone have any thoughts on living with a significant other during this time?
I am really excited for this opportunity! It has been one of the biggest “What if’s?” in my life. I think my Dad has one of the coolest jobs, and it would be dream come true if I am able to be on the flight deck with him for his final approach. I know it’s a stretch but in the words of Lloyd Christmas, “…so you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
I appreciate your thoughts and thank you for the help!
All the best,