I've read this thread thru and thru- and I certainly think there is merit in the suggestions...
Here's what I've been thinking as options...
1. Pilot/Flight Instructor- obviously need a private pilots license
(PPL), certified flight instructor (CFI)- to get commercial
gigs you need airline transport certificate (ATP), most likely Instrument Flight Rating (IFR), Multi Engine
Rating- and some flight time. If planning ahead this could be secured in a few years of part time work for the Instructor rating atleast. This is a $$ process is you are starting from zero. But the job opportunities can be plentiful, but not necessarily pay outstanding.
2. Six Pack, Sailing Instructor- this requires time on the water
and access to a boat. You're way ahead of the game
if you already have a boat or boating
experience. The pay can be low though.
3. Mechanical Experience- diesel
repair and/or airplane engine
repair. A technical college or trade school
can prepare a certificate in a years worth of evening classes
. Aviation maintenance
pays pretty good and you're not upside down in the bilge
. A work program can take 2 years to complete.
4. Construction management- Development is everywhere. A jobsite superintending job, project
manager, or an being an assistant can bring in good money
for the duration of a project
. More applicable to US locales. Certified Construction manager programs are available at technical trade
schools and can be obtained in less than 24 months of nights/evenings.
5. Teaching English
as a second language- the certification
doesn't appear to be hard to get or take a long time. Still looking into this avenue.
6. Finance- a masters in finance, financial planning, accounting, banking, stocks, investments, etc... there's always a need for financial knowledge. This one may be nice because it would you to better plan you're own finances and investments. Two years of nights and evenings gets you a masters in finance.
7. Get a EU passport. Last time I looked, you could apply for an Irish passport in 5 years. 4 years you needed a physical address, but the 5th year had to be spent in country. This opens up lots of employment
opportunity around the world.
If you are in the planning stages now, with some dedication, you can receive multiple certifications that have value throughout the world.
Several of these will help you understand better how to maintain your boat as well.