Report reality based discussion on becoming a commercial pilot for a 2nd career. in General Helicopter Forum Posted January 25 I won't be able to answer your question, and I guess the answer depends on were you are and what school you train at... I am currently working on my private pilot license, with a 2nd career in mind. It seems to me that the best way to answer your question is to dig into the practices and past of your school: Where I am at, there are only a few "schools" available including some one-man show... Some seem very good and knowledgeable, but the caveat is that these guys don't have positions opened to hire their students: so maybe good for pilots that are only after a new rating (IFR / sling operation..?). I personally selected a school that is mid-sized (large?) with 3 locations and a few instructors at each locations. Talking with the instructors: they have a few very experienced guys, and they have a number of newerish instructors that were previously students. This means the school hires *some of* their students. Looking through the school reviews on google / the instagram account and other media, it is possible to track some names of the instructors and see how long they stayed (and stalker level expert: you can even see where some of those instructors went after their years at the school). In my school's case, it looks like instructors stay ~ 3 years before moving on. Now the question is, what is the percentage of the students that actually get hired? That I don't know, but seeing a decent turn-over, my assumption is that being a good student (like showing up on time & doing my homework...) should give me a good shot a scoring a position there one day. Now it may take some time after all the ratings/licenses obtained before a position opens up, but eventually it may pay-off.