CPL/IR and ATPL as my Postgraduate Studies

There are a few who asked me why am I embarking on my flight training and aren’t I too old for it.

Well, to me, it makes a lot of sense. For one, I love everything about flying and the aviation industry. Secondly, there’s no such thing as being too old to achieve your dreams. Plus, I’m only 23 right now.

There were also those few who asked me, what’s the use of my accounting degree then?

My explanation is usually this. Not only do I want to fly, I would also like to be involved in the management side of things. Not only that, I plan to have my own business one day. At least, I have some background in business and not just the technical side of things.

Also, to put that into perspective, you’d see others doing Masters and PhDs as part of their postgraduate studies. Well, I see CPL/IR + ATPL as my Masters studies. For others who asked whether I’ll be doing any postgraduate studies after my bachelor’s degree, indeed I am.

For those who do not know:

CPL = Commercial Pilot’s License

IR = Instrument Rating

ATPL = Airline Transport Pilot’s License

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Pursuit of Happyness

Relating to my previous post of ‘When should I start investing? When should I launch my business’, here’s a conversation between the father and the son from the movie Pursuit of Happyness. It sums up the article perfectly.

Christopher Gardner: Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?

Christopher: All right.

Christopher Gardner: You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

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