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.