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Recruiters are working hard to recruit recent grads for entry-level airline jobs, airport jobs and aviation jobs.

Posted June 29, 2017 by

How to overcome recruiting challenges to fill airline jobs, aviation jobs, and airport jobs

 

The airline and aviation industry is massive. So it’s no surprise recent college grads get confused when trying to understand the different paths to landing aviation jobs, airline jobs, or airport jobs.

When recent college grads think about airline jobs, they often first think about pilots and flight attendants. That’s not a surprise, as those are the people that travelers see on the front line when traveling by air.

Airline jobs go beyond pilots and flight attendants

Becoming a pilot or flight attendant shouldn’t be the only career path college students and recent college grads pursue. And that’s the challenge airline industry employers face as they look to recruit recent college grads to continue to fill the over 700,000 jobs within the U.S airlines industry (according to Airlines For America (AFA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines).

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Working abroad can help recent college grads build lifelong skills, and contacts. Image by StockUnlimited.com

Posted May 09, 2017 by

Work abroad: Why recent college grads should conduct a global job search

 

Jobs that require travel or allow recent college grads to work abroad can help build cultural awareness, strengthen one’s ability to navigate through dynamic environments, and cultivate a level of agility, which is required by most employers today, says Ayana Pilgrim-Brown, assistant director of career competencies at the Center for Student Professional Development within Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

It’s no secret working abroad can help recent college grads land that first job. That’s why recent college grads seeking frequent travel to exotic locations, should explore options as tour guides, travel consultants, and within the airline industry, says Pilgrim-Brown. For a business student who wants to solidify his or her status as a global business professional, jobs in consulting, supply chain management, and sales offer the chance to travel to vast locations throughout the world. New graduates who aspire to make a difference in the world should consider non-profits and non-governmental organizations. There are several pathways in the areas of development and humanitarian assistance, adds Pilgrim-Brown. And for the multilingual applicant, there are solid prospects using language skills as a TEFL instructor, translator, or interpreter.

“Job seekers should do their due diligence to make sure these opportunities are formalized and in writing with agreeable terms of employment,” says Pilgrim-Brown.

Rustic Pathways is a non-profit organization that facilitates educational experiences for students through travel and philanthropy.

“Traveling equips recent college grads with a unique and necessary skill set that will help them create successful careers,” said Chris Stakich, CEO of Rustic Pathways. In fact, Stakich is quick to credit how traveling throughout the world for work the first four years of his career helped build professional skills necessary to become CEO.

“Most of my success has been a result of living out of a bag for the first four years of my career,” he says.

In addition to service opportunities–such as working with Peace Corps, or with a multinational organization or large employer, or through a non-profit–there are more opportunities than ever for recent college grads to work abroad, and get paid to travel. There are also training opportunities, such as the Rustic Pathways Leader Corp program, which are designed for recent college grads looking to make the transition from college to career.

Traveling for work, and working abroad, teaches these important soft skills that employers covet, says Stakich:

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