Aviation Employment

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06th October 2011

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Aviation Employment

  1. 1. Introduction to Aviation and Employment
  2. 2. Who Are the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) <ul><li>Raes has19 000+ members worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Partners (114 including, Qantas Airways, Airbus UK, British Airways, BAA, CAA, Rolls Royce, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic … ) </li></ul><ul><li>Member Services including: </li></ul><ul><li>Free Careers Guidance sessions, CV advice; Free places at RAeS Conferences; Active Young Members Board; Specialist Library which contains one of the world's major aerospace collections </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Aviation? <ul><li>Airlines </li></ul><ul><li>Airports </li></ul><ul><li>Aircraft Manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Aircraft and Airport Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Air Traffic Control </li></ul><ul><li>Safety, Security and the Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Government Policy </li></ul>
  4. 4. What can I do? Job profiles <ul><li>CAA </li></ul><ul><li>Ryanair (a) </li></ul><ul><li>Ryanair (b) </li></ul><ul><li>BAA </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service role </li></ul>
  5. 5. Useful websites <ul><li>British Airways contains a comprehensive guide to all kinds of airline job possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>www.britishairwaysjobs.com </li></ul><ul><li>Ryanair and Easyjet are advertising positions at </li></ul><ul><li>www.ryanair.com and easyjet.com </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Aviation Authority – comprehensive careers Info – www.caa.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>BAA – good insight into airport management and the variety of career options – www.baa.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>London City Aiport – downloadable careers pack </li></ul><ul><li>www. londoncityairport.com & www.lcacc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Airport – downloadable careers packs with case studies - www.manchesterairport.co.uk </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key business areas in Aviation <ul><li>Airport Planning – Expansion proposals, liaising with civil engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Environment and Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Public policy – Research, Liaison with stakeholders, regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Airport Operations – Planning and Control, Aircraft Services, Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing and Sales – Cargo, alliances, e-commerce, revenue management, branding … </li></ul><ul><li>Legal – BA have in-house lawyers to deal with legal issues such as collective bargaining with trade unions </li></ul><ul><li>Media and Community Relations – PR strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Support roles – HR, Finance, Health & Safety </li></ul>
  7. 7. Graduate Schemes – do they exist in Aviation? <ul><li>Yes – National Air Traffic Services (Operational Research), BA (in right economic climate), Manchester City Airport </li></ul><ul><li>Most companies may not have formal graduate schemes, but the majority of skilled jobs require applicants to hold a relevant degree, for example, CAA, Ryanair, Easyjet </li></ul><ul><li>Current economic climate – may change </li></ul><ul><li>Get work experience in the industry to take advantage of internal job opportunities e.g. Airport Operations etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Work Experience - suggestions <ul><li>London City Airport – comprehensive pack online, check with Reed who do all their recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Ground handling agents, Servisair, Groundstar, Aviance etc have contracts with many budget and charter airlines to provide passenger services </li></ul><ul><li>Airlines – entry level positions such as Passenger Service Agents </li></ul><ul><li>BAA employ Information Desk Assistants for their airports (especially good if you have languages!) </li></ul><ul><li>CAA – carry out airport-based surveys to passengers and other users, fixed-term contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Representative bodies: Airport Operators Association , www.aoa.org.uk ; British Air Transport Association , www.bata.uk.com </li></ul>
  9. 9. Aviation – Key Skills <ul><li>The Working Environment: </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Teamworking </li></ul><ul><li>Coping under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Driving licence! </li></ul><ul><li>The Business: </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial awareness –What external factors have an impact e.g. new aircraft developments, oil prices, deregulation, terrorism, environment etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist business knowledge – regulation; Marketing; Finance; PR, HR; Strategic planning … </li></ul>
  10. 10. Get researching! <ul><li>Start a collection of job descriptions from relevant companies and recruitment websites, see www.raes.org.uk/careers to download a list </li></ul><ul><li>Read the relevant press – Flight International, Airline Business, Commercial Aviation Report, Air Transport World, Aviation Strategy, Aviation Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Have www.airwise.com news e-mailed to you daily </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain customer service experience! </li></ul><ul><li>Join a relevant professional body </li></ul><ul><li>Attend the RAeS Airport Planning Conference next week for FREE (lunch included!) – speakers from Easyjet, NATS, BA and more … </li></ul><ul><li>Good luck! </li></ul>

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