When Being Around Children Makes You Change Jobs
You know, if it’s one thing I can’t stand about being a major airline pilot it’s dealing with the rowdy kids on board. Yes, even during flight when the flight deck door is closed you can still hear the cries and screams of babies/children acting up in the passenger cabin. I remember my 2nd day on the job it happened at the worst time. I was at the controls of the fully loaded Boeing 737-800 series aircraft on final approach into the Merida airport on a day the winds were whipping around 35 MPH. The aircraft was getting shaken up like crazy and I had the airplane crabbed significantly to compensate for the gusty crosswinds, when a baby in first class started screaming his little head off. Needless to say, it was a struggle to maintain focus during this very difficult cross-wind landing. I got the plane down safely but it was hard to tune out the screams.
Well, that piled on top of everything that was starting to annoy me about airline life really prompted me to change jobs. Instead of flying for commercial airlines, I decided to start hunting for jobs in corporate sector of the market. As it is, I lucked out and found a really good one, and I start next week. I’ll be making twice the pay I was making as an airline pilot (contrary to popular belief, airline pilots, and especially First Officers like I was, don’t make that much money at all) and I won’t have to deal with kids at all. My passengers will be well-dressed and well-behaved businessmen as I chauffeur them to company functions and such. That sounds much better. I can only imagine I will be a much happier person after I start my new job and no longer have to deal with that sort of thing.
However, once again, I have to ask: am I an isolated incident or are there others out there who have done something similar? Have you ever changed jobs (or changed careers completely) to get out of dealing with kids? If so, how did it work out for you? Are you a happier person now than you were at your other job? Tell me in the comments!