One thing not addressed-how easy would it be for you to return to your career after leaving?
Career field, easy. However, this particular role at this particular company (which I honestly think is a major diamond in the rough), possible, but not 100%. My current role furthermore has a really good path forward in terms of responsibility, compensation, skill development, etc as long as I put the effort in. It's just that the tech world itself is problematic/tiring with its culture. Ie: the tech bros and the code til you drop even in your free time culture. I'm naturally good at the subject matter, but I'm not enamored with it. I quite frankly don't want to do stuff like build random stuff in the cloud, maintain servers and websites, create a home fiber network, or contribute to open source in my free time like so many of them do. As far as I can tell so far from experience, I'd rather fly, learn more about flight, or even build an airplane.
I will admit I've never played vatsim or anything similar by the way. However, I will say I love doing actual flying in controlled airspace, and I clearly enjoy telling people what to do on the phone after doing so in a lot of precious jobs .
Yep. Would see if you could take a leave of absence. Go to the academy, see what you get, and if you don't like it just go back to your job.
Unpaid LOA, I don't think so. I think I read somewhere that the FAA requires you to resign previous employment upon taking their offer to go to Basics/OKC? That would preclude a formal leave of absence with my current employer.
3. You've already been on this forum 2 years, why not just delay it until your 32?
Age cutoff is 31.