Regardless of how you enter the aviation industry, a career in this field can provide you with a rewarding professional pathway.
Many of us only come to discover our calling in life after we’ve entered the world of work. And, when it comes to the aviation industry, professionals often assume that if they don’t get the wheels turning straight out of school or university then it’s too late.
As expert aviation recruiters, we’re here to tell you that you can still enter the aviation industry at a later stage in your career – with some roles needing little to no previous experience.
Enter the aviation industry with these simple steps
These straightforward steps will give you the best possible chance of success:
1) Conduct independent research
Start by conducting research into the aviation industry and the factors likely to determine the success of your job search, such as:
• Suitable job types
• Necessary qualifications
• Desirable skills
• Key employers within the field
This should help you establish the lay of the land and decide where to focus your efforts. Once you start applying for specific roles, you can put this research to good use by demonstrating your knowledge in your application and during any subsequent interviews.
2) Attend industry events
Aviation industry events can help you find out more about the reality of working in the sector, and give you the chance to start making yourself known.
A host of conferences appear in the annual aviation calendar, and being present at these events makes for a great starting point. If you’re UK-based, you could attend the World Aviation Festival or Aviation Festival Europe, both of which are scheduled to take place in London during September 2019.
Aside from conferences, look out for discussion groups or smaller industry meet-ups you may be able to join.
Groups such as the WAI have national chapters that feature a host of like-minded aviation professionals from all areas of the industry. Not only will you be building your professional network, you’ll also be helping to support the industry itself.
Or, if that doesn’t suit, you could simply get involved in some of the aviation-specific online forums.
3) Identify transferrable skills
You are likely to have accrued a range of useful skills during your professional life.
Think about which of these skills are likely to be applicable to the aviation industry, how you can tweak them for relevance, and how to promote these attributes in your job applications.
Obviously, every aviation role is different. However, some of the skills that are universally valued in aviation include:
• Attention to detail
• Ability to follow instructions accurately
4) Enter formal training
Some airlines (such as Norwegian) will be willing to accept cabin crew with no experience, providing you have applicable skills in other areas.
However, for many aviation industry jobs, you’ll require both strong teamwork/leadership skills and some degree of training before you can commence a role.
Start by looking at the applicable training types listed in job descriptions for the roles you’re interested in (e.g. for cabin crew/ground crew).
Then, research the providers able to offer this type of training; find out which would be most convenient, and how long the training is likely to take.
Once you’ve made your mind up, be sure to showcase those transferrable skills throughout your application.
5) Brave some hiring events
Hiring events can be an intimidating proposition, especially when you’re new to the industry. However, if you don’t put yourself forward, then you’ll never land the job you’re after.
All too often, people looking to enter the aviation industry are put off hiring events as they don’t believe they’re sufficiently skilled to compete against more experienced applicants.
However, providing you meet the minimum requirements of the job role, attending hiring events can only be beneficial. At best, you land yourself a job. At worst, you gain a host of useful information about aviation industry hiring that you can use to improve your chances of success in future.
Get set to enter the aviation industry by following these simple steps!
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