Quiz: Career Journey 


Scott, London ON

 

If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?
Read, catch up on TV shows, spend time with family 

What is the last picture you took on your phone?
A selfie with me and my oldest daughter all dressed up to go shovel the driveway 

What do you do to relax after a hard days work?
Catch up on my favourite TV show

Do you have any hobbies?
Golfing and reading 

Whats the title of the current chapter of your life? 
What's Old is New Again 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? 
A trip to Bali, Indonesia

How many jobs have you had? 
8

What was your favourite job? 
Working at the St. Thomas Airport 

What was your most unusual job? 
My first flying job as an Air Ambulance pilot. The constant rotating schedule made it difficult to plan events with friends and family. 

What is your current job? 
Airline Pilot

What do you love most about your job?
I like that no one day is like the next. There is always something different, and the view out the window is amazing.

What do you like least about your job?
What I like least is the time that it takes me away from my family. It can be hard to be away and miss birthdays, Christmases, etc.

Did your career take the path you anticipated? Any surprises?
My career took a sideways step away from flying when I decided to try and become an Air Traffic Controller. My wife and I were wanting to start a family, and being a controller seemed like a good fit to have me home more often but still satisfy my passion of working in the aviation field. Due to several factors however, that career did not work out for me and so I am back flying as an airline pilot.

What has been the biggest challenge in your job/career journey?
The biggest challenge has always been the "curse" of having two enticing job offers come at the same time. There's been numerous occasions when I have been offered two jobs (not even necessarily in the same field) that had I been only offered one, I would have gladly accepted. It can be difficult having no options, and almost as difficult trying to choose between two good ones.

Are you looking to make any job or career changes? Why or why not?
For now I'm looking to stay in my current career so that I have some life stability (I've changed jobs 3 or 4 times in the past 3 or 4 years).

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out on your career journey?
I would say to find out what you're passionate about and see if there is a career that can match those passions. 
Also, to always be courteous and professional when leaving a job, because you never know what former co-workers might become co-workers again.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a career decision?
I would say to explore all your options. Make pro/con lists of different careers and think beyond simple things like pay or schedule. Think about other things that the job offers like benefits, opportunities for further education and so on.