Flying High: Is Becoming A Pilot Your Dream Job?

A lot of people have dreams of becoming a pilot. However, they brush it off because they assume it is going to be too expensive and too difficult to get involved in. While there is no denying that pilot training is highly competitive and costly, there is also an increase in the demand for pilots. This means you could travel the world while enjoying a career that is full of responsibility. You certainly should not dismiss this dream before exploring it further. So, with that being said, read on to discover everything you need to know…


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An introduction

If you make it as an airline pilot, you will fly passengers on short or long-haul flights for commercial, business, and leisure purposes. In most cases, an aircraft will demand two pilots for operations. One will be the pilot who is in command, i.e. the pilot. The other is going to be the supporting first officer. To prevent fatigue, pilots will take it in turns to operate the plane. One will complete paperwork and speak to air traffic control while the other operates the controls. For long-haul flights, there may be more pilots on board for the necessary breaks.


What qualifications do you need to become a pilot?

If you are going to start training as a pilot, you will need at last two A-levels and five GCSEs. You also need to have a good knowledge of physics and maths, so it is certainly advantageous if your qualifications showcase this. You do not need to have a postgraduate qualification or degree. However, this can most certainly help you to stand out from the crowd. ACS rounds up the best aviation courses from universities across the UK so this is a great starting point. No matter what route you do go down, if you are to become a commercial/airline pilot, you are going to need to acquire an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). There are two clear routes to go down to acquire this, i.e. either through modular training or an integrated course.


Your responsibilities

The next thing you need to understand when determining whether or not this is the right career for you is the responsibilities you are going to have. As a pilot, you will need to make sure you do all of the following:


  • Update and the aircraft logbook and write a report once the flight is over to note any issues with the aircraft or incidents during the flight.
  • React appropriately and quickly to any emergencies and environmental changes.
  • Use the public address system to communicate with passengers.
  • Make regular checks on air traffic, weather conditions, the aircraft’s position, and the aircraft’s technical performance.
  • Use controls and instruments and understand and interpret the data from them.
  • Make sure that noise regulations are adhered to when landing and taking off.
  • Communicate with air traffic control.
  • Carry out checks before the flight on the operating and navigation systems.
  • Brief the cabin crew before your flight and stay in contact with them throughout.
  • Ensure that all of the safety systems are in working order.
  • Make sure that fuel levels balance economy and safety.
  • Supervise when the aircraft is being fuelled and loaded.
  • Create a flight plan.
  • Receive information on the aircraft, passengers, weather, and route.


As you will have already gathered, there is no such thing as a 9-to-5 job if you are a pilot. The route you are taking and the company you work for will dictate the length of your working day, meaning it can be anything from around three hours to 12 hours.


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Some of the things you should expect when working as a pilot

Hopefully, you are starting to build a bit of a picture regarding what you should expect when you are working as a pilot. However, there are a few other things that this role demands. So, let’s take a look…


  • You are going to need to be dedicated and prepared for a lot of work. Every six months, you will be expected to pass certain tests. You will also need to pass a medical on a yearly basis.
  • You are going to spend the majority of your time sitting in the cockpit. While they are designed with comfort in mind, you could find yourself suffering tiredness, especially when flying through different time zones.
  • More and more women are entering this profession, although it is still dominated by men at the moment.
  • Per year, a pilot is not allowed to fly for more than 900 hours.
  • You can have a little bit more of a stable work-life balance if you work for a short-haul airline. Generally, you will get your shifts a month or two in advance. However, do prepared to be on call as well.
  • Because of the above point, you should live near to the airport where you are based because you will be expected to get there on relatively short notice at times.


How much can you earn?

Let’s get to the good stuff… how much can you earn as a pilot? Starting salaries are between £24,000 and £29,000 for newly qualified first officers. Once you get more experience, you can expect between £36,000 and £48,000 for a first officer role. This increases to £57,000 – £78,000 for captaining a medium-sized aircraft. If you are an employee of one of the main operators, this can increase to anything between £97,000 to £140,000, and more!


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what it takes to become a pilot in today’s day and age, as well as what your job will entail. While there is no denying that this is a difficult career path to go down, it is certainly worth it. You will enjoy one of the most fulfilling careers, and it is financially rewarding too!

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Staying happy and fulfilled

Life is filled with ups and downs for all of us. Don’t let anyone fool you. We all have our good days and bad days. But the key to staying happy and fulfilled is to ensure the good days are more than the bad days. We have the key to our happiness. No one can truly make us happy if we are not happy with ourselves. So the key to staying happy and fulfilled starts and ends with us.

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So how do we ensure we stay happy and satisfied with all the craziness in the world? For some people that means becoming more mindful but for others it’s trying a calming remedy or piece of music. Finding what works for you is key when it comes to stuff like this and often it never hurts to try both or several solutions at a time. Here are 5 tips that have worked for me. You may find they work for you too.

Keep my circle small

There are a lot of people who want us in their lives for the wrong reasons. I am glad I am able to see through these people and stay far away from them. The last thing anyone needs is to have a toxic person around constantly or be around people who truly do not wish you well for whatever reason. Keeping my circle small means I don’t have to deal with those people. And it works great for my state of mind. Keeping your circle small and tight is one way of staying on top of your happiness.

My circle is so small that it only comprises of family and a few friends. I still relate with different people outside my circle but in a different way. It works great for me.

Follow my passion

My joy keeps me very happy. The fact that I am my own boss and I can do as I please never gets old for me. Following my passion keeps me fulfilled. Working long hours in a. job I have zero interest in would suck away all my happiness. Following your passion and doing a job you love is a great way to stay in control of your life and stay happy.

Listen to good music

Some that know me well in real life know that I am a sucker for good music. I am forever listening to songs on my Spotify. I listen to all sorts of genres, from Rap to pop, from R&B to African Jams. Music is like food to my soul and it feeds me. I would be lost without great music.


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I love travelling. If I had an unlimited budget, I would visit a new country every month. I have been to a couple of countries and I have a long list of countries I want to visit or revisit. I have been to Dubai, Italy, US, Spain, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Ireland and many more. There are still many cities in these countries I would love to explore some more and I am dying to go somewhere new before the year ends. Travel and experiencing how other people live in their world makes me very happy.

Stay grateful and have a positive outlook

Gratitude is everything which is why I always remember to stay grateful. Regardless of what life throws at me, I ensure I stay positive and thankful. Negative energy has no space in my world, which is why there is no room for toxic people in my life. Staying grateful and having a positive outlook helps you attract more good things into your life.

Having a gratitude journal does help. It makes sense to write down 10 things you are grateful for regularly. That way you remember how blesses you are and stay grateful.

I hope you find these tips useful. These are just a few ways I stay happy and fulfilled. I could go on and on with these tips. Exercise, good food and my beauty sleep also help me stay happy. And I am sure you have many ways of staying on top of your happiness. Please feel free to share your own tips in the comments section. And remember to share this post. It may help someone struggling.

Thank you for reading.




What to put into hampers for teachers

I love giving and receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones. Regardless of the price tag, giving a gift shows that you had the receiver in mind and it is really the thought that counts. I have recently discovered the beauty of giving hamper gifts to people. When I can’t decide on just one thing to get, I get a couple in a beautiful basket and gift it to someone special. The kids will be finishing pre school in a few weeks and I have been busy thinking of what to gift their teachers. They have been in this pre school for almost 2 years, and their teachers have been great. It would be nice to gift them an amazing hamper.

To be honest, I think teachers all over the world work really hard in comparison to what they earn. And I strongly they enjoy the work they do. Teaching is not a job you do for money. I believe the teachers are passionate about their jobs and they do it with all over their hearts and I celebrate them everyday. Kids are hard work and majority of the teachers are doing a great job. They deserve to be celebrated a bit more.


What to put into hampers for teachers

So what do we put into hampers for teachers? Here are some ideas –


Milk Chocolate Hamper

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Chocolates are always a great idea for hampers. This Thorntons Milk Chocolate Hamper would be an amazing gift. We gave some Thorntons Chocolates to the teachers last Christmas and they all loved them. So I would probably be popping some Thorntons Chocolate into our gift hampers.


Thank You Card

A thank you card is another thing I would probably pop into a hamper. Sometimes just saying thank you for all the years of hard work isn’t enough. Which is where the thank you card could be helpful.


A Bottle of Wine


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I would definitely be putting. bottle of wine into a hamper for the teachers. There are a few wines I have tried this year that I really like, so a few of them would be gifted. Nothing says thank you better than a bottle of a good wine.


A Hand Cream

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Another great item to pop into a hamper is a hand cream. Most people generally like hand creams, so it is a safe gift option. Going for a natural hand cream like this ODLIQUE Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie would be a great idea.



A pack of tea is also a popular item for hampers. Most people like British Tea, so it is a good idea to put a pack into a hamper.


There are many items you could put in a hamper. It really depends on the recipient and the relationship you have with him/her.

What would you like to see in a hamper? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a smashing day!


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