While I was accidentally researching historical economic panic like the Great Depression (1873), the financial panic in 1857, the real Great Depression in (1929), etc. I realized that a key benefit of the shaking, if any, is that it causes us to think about “truly” diversifying the value we bring to the table aka your portfolio.

This got me thinking about my plan B, C, and sincerely even D.

The temptation in stability is to focus only on a traditional progression through the ranks in one’s field, i.e. get this license, and next that endorsement, followed by that certification, and so on.

However, for any aircraft maintenance personnel with less than five years industry experience, the panic can really pile on as you look for the light at the end of the tunnel of recall by seniority.

We don’t want this to be the case, but the reality is if it comes to choosing between sitting on your hands or training for a different job for the next 2-3 years, I hope it is an easy choice.

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next best time is today.” – Chinese proverb

It can be stress inducing to think one could take a minimum wage job and also have to deal with recertifying due to license Recency requirements.

I recommend upskilling with a course like Non-Destructive Testing or data analysis for a number of reasons:

  1. Transferability. NDT applies to numerous industries, such as pipelines, bridges, refineries, oil platforms, power stations, electric vehicles and more. The list also includes aviation and aerospace; this means your adept attention to detail while performing aircraft inspections can be reused as well as your knowledge of aircraft structures, systems, and station locations.
  2. Accessibility. NDT initial basic training programs are relatively short in duration, inexpensive, and offer high monetary compensation. Aside from Diploma programs there are also self-paced study modules available on the CINDE platform. This flexibility can be beneficial if you need to upskill quickly.

Do you have any similar recommendations for AMEs, pilots, or your profession?


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