As a pilot, career success will always depend on your professionalism, determination, and dedication to safety. However, success does not make us immune to unexpected obstacles. What happens when a pilot is served a pink slip? How can pilots prepare fora sudden change? Today, we will examine practical steps on how to prepare for and navigate a sudden job loss.
First, looking inward can help to improve your career outlook. Ask yourself: What first drew me to becoming a pilot? Armed with the knowledge of what you enjoy most about being a pilot brings clarity when the next phase of your career is in question.
On one hand, compensation is a motivating factor. We all work to be able to afford living. Still, your salary represents a piece of the financial side of your career equation. Proper planning wraps in the emotional and social context of your career decisions. Consider organizing your thoughts around; self-development, family, work/career, leisure/recreation, community/charity, and legacy.
Of course, the money and benefits matter when considering a career move. Without a commitment to your priorities, you could be making a life decision on a whim. In our experience, what season of life you are in significantly affects how you view different job offers. Through introspection, you will develop a clear lens for identifying which roles and other positions will be a good match.
Our “Job A/Job B” process has four steps:
What are your talents and skills? How do your values dictate your job preferences? What aspects of your personality are best reflected in the workforce?
Research and determine what companies are currently hiring. In addition, consider what additional training/certification you need to elevate your career.
Compile and prioritize your findings into a comprehensive list of job prospects.
After a plan is created, it is time to take action.
There are stories behind each action, but know that sometimes a single nugget of workplace benefit moves the needle. So, grab a pen and write down companies you’d like to work for, experiences you want to try, skills you’d like to learn, and people you’d like to meet.
The best pilots prepare for all kinds of unexpected events; contemplating your career should bean annual event, even if your job is not a risk. Through proper preparation, you are ensuring your loved ones are cared for. Beyond this, being mindful of your life, career, and finances can help shape the life you want to live and make you the master of your course.