Finished my training 5 years ago. Got a job within a couple months like 10 of the 12 or so guys in my class. Today two are flying. Four got some stick time, but only 2 made it a career. If I had not been successful I wouldn't be posting.
I am approaching 1000 hours and love my job. But I know I am part of the very small minority that makes it.
Unfortunately I have met 40ish (probably more but don't want to over-estimate) industry-employed 100hr grads. Of those, four will be lucky to get into the seat (most already quit).
I agree with the 10-20% flying success rate.
To prospective flight school students:
- You will find a job (non-flying) if you put in the time, effort, & money.
- You will get paid pennies for busting your hump for 2-5 yrs.
- You will have to try to remain positive but will end up bitter.
- If you never complain to anyone about anything, go every extra inch possible, know when and how to kiss a$$ imperceptibly, and clean everything in sight you may get a shot at stirring the stick but won't remember 50% of what you learned in flight school.
This industry is about people. Develop excellent working relationships with clients, pilots, engineers,and management and you may one day get a shot. (especially if 90% of your grad class already quit).
Hope this help a few.