If you wouldn’t mind telling me, how interested are you in becoming an engineer? And the same goes without saying: how interested are you in becoming a pilot (in comparison to engineering)?
Perhaps you have a vision or imagination “abstract ideas” of what the world could be and you love solving real-life puzzles—engineering is for you. Or maybe, you consider yourself as an observant person who puts less imagination and love more concrete, non-abstract ideas—then pilot it is.
I am a sophomore computer science myself and I recently (around last month or so) had thought of becoming a pilot. I have been into flying since I was around 7 but I had always ever thought flying was dangerous. While nowadays I don’t see flying being that dangerous, I still can’t handle the fact that I would have to hold people’s lives in my hands—this puts me off from flying so much. The same goes with being an ATC: I love controlling but I am not mentally strong enough to hold people’s lives under my control.
I discussed this with my friends and they also said that I might fit as a pilot, mentally and physically. They know me as someone who goes crazy about travelling and driving, and I noticed that too. In my spare time, I drive around town even when I have no destination in plan—this is just how much I enjoy driving. I could assume the same thing when I become a pilot, honestly speaking.
So I came to a conclusion to obtain my private pilot license once I graduate with my CS degree. I thought it might be useful when I retire and have a ton of spare time to kill (I’m thinking of flying around with my wife, my kids, my family, or whoever-it-is lol)
That being said: I once had a thought to becoming one of IF’s software developers, because why not. I love coding and flying so I thought, “why not work for IF bro?” 😂
I am not telling you to hold short pun intended LOL of being a pilot; this is just purely my opinion. Indeed, always have a Plan B in case things ain’t going like you expect. I definitely suggest discussing your thoughts with your parents and if you want, my PM is always open 😉