DUTCHIE161 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:39 amI am in a similar position as you. I have 270 hours, frozen ATP, University degree and also a Beechcraft 1900 rating.
I am sending out CV's but haven't been getting the replies I'm hoping for. I am also considering the Cathay Pacific option, but there are certain aspects that make me think otherwise. The fact that they will keep you as a Second Officer for up to 4 years, being far away from friends and family for a whole year and the fact that you would have to integrate into a culture far different to what we know. It just isn't as lucrative for me at the moment, but it might be the only option in the future.
I would have to consider doing an Instructor's course to get a job, but I dont want to push my study loan beyond limits I can't afford to pay back. It is a tough ball-game at the moment, but I am sure everything will work out for the better. Hang in there !
Hi gents. I read the posts daily here, and i guess i do so because its interesting to see where the market is headed, what the demand is and what people at the start of their career are planning on doing with the experience they have. Or think they have. Here is the total truth, 99 % of all pilots i know have been a contract pilot. Those pilots have flown and worked in countries that afford both hours and a good salary for you to gain the knowledge to obtain that charter job or airline job you desire. Besides the flying, going outside the boundaries of the country gives you people skills , which right now sounds rediculous. However our entire career is based on crm. Which is not as robotic as it sounds. After somewhat mastering the machine you fly on, the rest is all people skills.
Let me assure you, by doing your cpl and getting the atp subjects doesnt automatically give you the right to a job here in sunny south africa. Its the first step. Its the first step in order for next and so on and so on. Dont be that guy that demands a job he is very little qualified for and go and earn your place in places that gives the most experience. Doin an instructors rating is great but its not the last place you will work, do more , see more. Take your cv and that rating you have now knock on doors ask and find out physically shaking someone’s hand look them in the eye present yourself
And get it done. That job is not coming to you. Infact by the time you have worked up the courage to finally go and do it. Someone else already did that and you might have lost the perfect opportunity to get that job.
With 250 hours all you need is experience. Get after it