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There are as many ways to get into the profession as there are pilots flying today. Each person has their own story of how they managed to find their first job and which type of training they chose. There are no hard and fast rules, apart from hard work and a real ambition to succeed.
Probably the most difficult part of a pilots’ career is the beginning. Getting that first job can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Most airlines only recruit experienced pilots who have flown jet aircraft before, and are not willing to employ cadets fresh from flight training. This gap is bridged either by paying for extra training, by networking and getting a job flying smaller aircraft or simply by luck.