When I started my career, I was deeply involved in business and IT. I worked hard, learned a lot, and made significant progress. But after some time, I realised something was missing. I enjoyed my work, but I wasn’t truly passionate about it.

Then, one day, everything changed. I attended a tech conference and saw a drone demonstration. As I watched the drone soar through the sky, capturing stunning aerial photographs, a light bulb went off in my head. The combination of technology and photography fascinated me, and I knew I had to be a part of it.

So, I made a bold move. I decided to pivot my career and become a drone pilot. This was a challenging decision. It meant stepping out of my comfort zone and starting a new industry. But I was determined.

I enrolled in courses to learn everything I could about drones. I studied hard, practised flying, and eventually got certified. Starting from the bottom in a new field was challenging but incredibly rewarding. I was finally doing something I was passionate about.

This experience taught me an invaluable lesson: there is always time to change direction. Sometimes, the path to fulfilment requires taking risks and embracing new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to explore other interests if you feel unfulfilled in your current career. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Explore Other Interests: Think about what excites you. It might be something you’ve always been curious about or a hobby you enjoy.
  2. Invest in Learning New Skills: Take courses, attend workshops, or find online resources. Learning is the first step towards making a change.
  3. Get Certified: If your new interest requires certification or special training, invest the time and effort to get qualified.
  4. Start from Scratch: Be prepared to start at the bottom. It’s a humbling experience, but it’s also an opportunity to learn and grow.
  5. Embrace the Journey: The journey might be challenging, but it is worth the reward of doing what you love.

The drone industry is booming, with endless possibilities in photography, surveying, agriculture, and more. It’s an exciting field with a lot of potential.

Personally, I experienced a mix of excitement and fear during this transition. Overcoming that fear and following my passion has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Did you know? 
The global drone market is expected to grow significantly in the next few years, opening numerous career opportunities.

PS: If you’re considering a career change or want to know more about becoming a drone pilot, feel free to reach out. I’d be happy to share my experiences and offer guidance.


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto.


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