SHE may be struggling to get a job at the moment.
But hard-working South Yorkshire graduate Jade Telford-Simms is still proving she’s a high flyer.
The 22-year-old, from Bennetthorpe, Doncaster, is planning to head off to New Zealand to teach people how to fly gliders after hitting barrier after barrier in the job market at home.
Jade, who left Heythrop College at the University of London with a degree in philosophy and theology last year, had initially hoped to join the RAF as a pilot when she graduated.
But the Government’s defence spending review means the jobs are not available at the moment.
Jade studied at university while working as an assistant manager of a pub and thought that may provide a fall back position - but she has not even been able to get a job in a bar.
Now she is gearing up to head off to the other side of the world to share her passion for flying gliders.
Jade has been flying gliders solo since she was a 17-year-old air cadet and qualified as an instructor the following year, teaching fellow cadets at Syerston Airfield, near Newark.
The former pupil at McAuley School, Cantley, brought up in Rossington, said: “I kept flying all the way through university, juggling it with my studies and my job. I wonder how I fitted it all in now.
“But it has been hard to find work. I’ve got a lot of experience, but I can’t even get a bar job.
“Then I thought if the RAF aren’t recruiting pilots at the moment I would try something completely different.
“I know people in New Zealand from my time working in London and it will be a fantastic change of scenery.
“It is cheaper to fly a glider out there and there is a working holiday scheme which means I will be able to work.”
Jade plans to go to South Island and live in Christchurch, and has already spoken to glider clubs to arrange meetings.
She said: “I’ve always been fascinated with anything that can fly. My grandfather used to keep birds of prey and they fascinated me.
“I’m very excited and I’m really looking forward to going. In London, you can only fly up to 2,000 feet in a glider because of all the airports.
“In New Zealand some can fly up to 20,000 feet if they have breathing equipment and the right conditions.”
Jade has not ruled out joining the RAF in the future and says she dreams of flying the air force’s Typhoon or Tornado fast jets.