Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Why I Transitioned from a Pilot to Healthcare IT Professional

Over time, I have received these questions over and over again! “Wilfred, why did you switch your career? Piloting was great, why did you start all over again?

How come you made such a huge switch? These and many more are the questions my connections have been sending in my DM. Nevertheless, I think it is high time, I cleared the doubts and give a general explanation why I made such a drastic and significant career switch.

Aside from the fact that I did not have the immigration privileges to join the aviation industry as a pilot in the United States, I  needed more required commercial hours to be considered for a position. Yes, I love flying, I miss the cockpit and the entire aviation industry, but I needed to make a lifetime decision at the time I found myself in a fix.

Obviously, when I discovered that I needed more aviation training and resources to better maximize my opportunity in aviation, I had to do a deeper research and examine my options. As ever, I strive to make honest and unbiased decisions and calls. The findings I will be sharing are not meant to spite any professional. Remember, I was a non-immigrant without working privileges at that time. Here were my findings:

  • Just like all my flight instructors in the flight school, I may also have to deal with securing a second or third job to make ends meet should I stick to the aviation industry.
  • Having spent significant years in aviation as a single man, I understood that spending quality time with my young family will be far fetched because of night-stops and getting stuck in different destinations due to bad weather for days etc.
  • Building a career in aviation may leave me with no other choices to explore should a need arise.
  • As a Lagos boy with a hard work spirit, I checked the salary offer of a fresh Pilot and  what I found were not encouraging. Little wonder why my flight instructors were having second jobs.
  • Above all, I found out that the most striving industries were Healthcare and IT. Hence I decided to grab the opportunity  between these two industries.
With that in mind, I decided to jump back to graduate school for Healthcare Informatics while awaiting & working on other privileges. Today, looking back at the decision I took a few years ago, I have no regrets and I am grateful that I made the decision to join the IT world.

Although I am not a prophet, I acted in that capacity at the time I made that call. In like manner, I'd like to say that most jobs and careers will place a demand for IT related training on everyone during post COVID-19. The world is fast becoming digitalized and every field will demand IT skills or compliance. Something to think about!

Today, I count myself privileged and grateful that I still have a job and work from home for a renowned healthcare company here in the States. Aside from this, while many are losing their jobs, many recruiters are reaching out to this village boy who abandoned a noble profession as a Pilot in aviation for roles in Healthcare IT as a Business Analyst, Business Intelligence or an Agile Professional. Quite fascinating.

Also, it is interesting to note that I do not have to work overtime or a second job to be comfortable with my monthly earnings. It's a lucrative career pathway, quite professional and opportunity-bound. 

Finally, I am in no way saying other career paths are not relevant, but I am explaining my ordeal and why I made the decision I made. I love and cherish every professional out there and we need each and every one of them to better enjoy this world. 

With a grateful heart, I appreciate every professional especially those in the front line during this challenging time. Much respect.

I hope I am able to proffer answers to those questions.

Thank you, guys.


  1. I will have to work for a job atleast 7 to 8 years before raising funds to say i can go into pilot school.but you spent so much money for pilot training which you know in Nigeria will run into millions, how did you source for the funds in the first place.

  2. I took a risk while working as a cabin crew with arikair by approaching my Governor for a sponsorship after securing admission in a flight school. And he granted me.

  3. I love the decision you took I wish I can be encouraged right now

  4. Woah. Really inspiring. From your story, I learnt that it is really important to be frank with yourself at certain points in time. However, we should do proper research concerning the future relevance of things before taking bold steps.
    All in all, we should be not afraid of doing the needful after making the research.
    The confidence we seek will appear once we start the very thing we have been procrastinating.
    Thank you for sharing this Fred

  5. I pray that the holy that lead u should read me too to a good and successful path. Kudos to u.

  6. Inspiring article.

    Lesson learnt: Be true to yourself, know the kind of life you want, research about the opportunity, take the courage to go for it.

    Thank you for sharing

  7. This article has really brought back great memories to me. This inspires me a lot. One need to be truthful to his/herself always.

  8. I am proud of you. Keep soaring. God got you.

  9. Thank you for sharing this great article sir. I really appreciate you sir