10 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Aviation Industry Employment

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Are you having problems finding a good job in today’s economy? The aviation industry provides job security and well-paying jobs in a variety of career fields. If you are just getting started in the Aviation industry and you don’t know where to start here are some do’s and don’ts to point you in the right direction.

Do… think about your goals

What career field in the industry do you want to join? While there are many service-related jobs that require little or no education, such as ticket agents and janitorial staff, these jobs do no have the job security or high pay that engineering and aviation maintenance jobs have.

Don’t… go into your first job unprepared

Although some career fields provide on the job training, these programs will start you at a much lower rate of pay and you will be doing much of the same work that higher-paid workers do. If you are able, attain your certifications before you apply for the job and you will enjoy a paycheck that matches your skills.

Do… know the requirements for your job

The FAA will have minimum requirements to be met for your job. Make sure you know and fulfill all of them.

Don’t… try to fake it until you make it

There is no substitute for education. Technical or vocational programs are usually inexpensive, short in duration, and provide an enormous return on investment.

Do… follow through with your plans

If your long-term goal is to be an instrument repair specialist or another high-paid position, plan for it from your first day as a service technician. Master your job, no matter how humble, but find out what tests or certifications you will need to complete to get the job that you want. There are a lot of opportunities for advancement, but only for those who seize those opportunities.

Don’t… get stuck in a rut

You may find early in your career that you are doing a very labor intensive, low paid and uninspiring job. Don’t give up hope and settle into a position that is less than what you want. See every job as more than just a paycheck. If you treat each position as an opportunity to demonstrate your value it will be a stepping-stone to better things rather than a dead end.

Do… commit yourself to perpetual learning

No matter how much you know about the aviation industry, there is always more to learn. Airframes are subject to upgrades and new models are being manufactured even as we speak. Technology moves very fast, and those who keep up are the ones that realize that school is never out. If you need to go back to school to keep up with the latest trends or achieve new certifications never pass on the opportunity.

Don’t… be afraid to try new things

If an opportunity comes up for you to work on a new system or an unfamiliar airframe, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Fortune favors the bold, and any opportunity to expand your knowledge base is valuable.

Do… know your worth

Know how much your skills are worth, and stay appraised of the BLS median pay for aviation professionals. Never accept a rate of pay less than what your skills are worth, and constantly seek to upgrade your certifications so that you can climb the pay scale.

Don’t… give up

You career is going to require perseverance. You will be tested early and often, but if you make a commitment to your new career the aviation industry can be the best move you ever made.

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