And while you may assume a job like an airline pilot might involve a lifetime of training, for Kate McWilliams, who became the world's youngest female commercial airline pilot at the age of 26, this certainly wasn't the case.
As part of a Netflights.com project to celebrate the women in aviation who defy gender stereotypes, Business Insider caught up with McWilliams to hear about how she landed her job — and what spending so much time in the cockpit is really like.
From 4 a.m. starts and stunning views to discounted travel, scroll down for a peek at the life of easyJet airline captain Kate McWilliams.
This is Kate McWilliams, the easyJet pilot who became the world's youngest female commercial captain at 26.
Her love of aviation began when she was 8. During a holiday with her family, she visited the flight deck to see the pilots during the flight and was "fascinated by all of the buttons." However, she noticed both the pilot were men, so "just assumed there were no female pilots, so I didn't consider it as my career."
That all changed when McWilliams, who grew up in Carlisle, northern England, joined the Air Cadets.
She said she joined the group, the youth wing of the Royal Air Force, when she was 13.
"It was here that I discovered my love of flying and initially I looked at joining the military as a pilot," she said.
She told Business Insider that after she finished her A levels, she applied to university but "didn't feel like it was the right option." Instead, she applied to CTC Aviation — now called L3 Airline Academy — a flying school which trains aspiring commercial pilots.
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