Careers in Aviation and Aerospace
Just recently members of the Air Georgian team attended the Toronto Careers in Aviation Expo 2014. For many young adults who have an interest in aviation and aerospace this is a great networking opportunity for them, as they got to mingle with top senior pilots, experienced maintenance/engineer crew, aviation training/educational institutions and potential employers. It’s an event that offered attendees a networking platform to meet with the “who’s who” in the industry, ask questions and find out what it takes to get a rewarding career in aviation/aerospace.
No matter who was speaking in the discussion panels and presentations and no matter who you spoke to on a one-on-one basis the same requirements were mentioned over and over – when it comes to a job in aviation and aerospace, and to make a difference and stand for something, it’s unanimous, you must have the following indispensable traits:
Commitment to excellence
It was identified numerous times throughout the expo presentations, that the industry is looking for true leaders who are passionate about what they do. We are expecting you to not only lead by exemplifying excellence in your own ways but that you are fostering it to others on your team, so that they remain engaged and committed to their roles. We expect you to do the highest quality of work in serving both customers and helping co-workers. That commitment to performance excellence is an essential element to driving not only your career forward but also important for your employer’s overall success and growth.
Whether you are face to face with customers on the plane or you work behind the scenes maintaining the plane to ensure a healthy body, you always have to think about creating a positive customer experience. A pilot does this by ensuring a smooth and friendly flight, and an engineer does this by ensuring a safe flight through proper plane maintenance and servicing. It is this responsiveness and focus that will delight customers and make them feel safe during their travels.
The industry wants people who can be trusted and who hold themselves accountable for their actions. Should something go wrong on the plane or if you are unsure about the parts being installed, we want to know that no matter the situation, you are committed to doing the right thing. Even when nobody is looking or where you may be confronted by a difficult choice that could bring about serious consequences, you are responsible for keeping your promise of professionalism and courage and letting others know about your actions.
As per the networking opportunities, it was mentioned repeatedly that soft skills, also known as emotional intelligence, are necessary for any job in aviation/aerospace. You must always be friendly and optimistic with customers and co-workers and should you be faced with an emergency, you must also know how to communicate matters clearly, calmly and with ease. Other key proficiencies required for your career are conflict resolution, troubleshooting, personal effectiveness, decision-making and team building – all skills that are tied to polished communication skills and leadership qualities that every employer, including Air Georgian, seek from their employees.
No matter your role as a pilot, engineer or maintenance person in aviation/aerospace, you must be flexible to work various shifts, weekends, holidays or even irregular shifts and sometimes with limited notice. It’s never a nine to five job, but what job is nowadays?
These were the “words of wisdom” imparted onto the interested talent that attended the Careers in Aviation Expo and they are the same words that Air Georgian shared with all the people who visited our booth in the exhibitor section – this is what it means to work in aviation/aerospace and it is key criteria that we look for when hiring.
If you feel that you meet these top five traits, you just may be the aviation linchpin that we want, and we promise that your journey with Air Georgian will be rewarding. If you want to join our team, please visit our “Careers” section.
See you at the Calgary expo on April 26th, where our pilot Mallory Deluce will be speaking!