Biz Kid of the Month: Jack Thompson
Jack is currently studying for his commercial pilot’s license at Central Washington University.
What about flying appealed to you?
I have always had an interest in planes and flying, ever since I can remember. There are pictures of me at flight shows when I was a baby. When I was in school, it was always, “There goes Jack, he’s going to be a pilot when he grows up!”
How did you pursue your dream of flying?
I wanted to be a fighter pilot for the US Navy, but because I have asthma, that opportunity wasn’t available to me.
So, then what? What were your next steps?
I didn’t give up. I looked into other aspects of flying. I found out that when fighter pilots retire, the next step in their career is flying commercial aircraft.
What would you say to other kids in a similar situation?
Look into every aspect of the career you’re thinking about. Not only will you discover all the hidden opportunities, it’s helpful to know what you’re getting into before you decide to spend the rest of your life doing it. And try to find some way to do what you love!