Enter the Aviation Industry for Non- Aviation Related Graduates

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Aside from the internet, the aviation industry is our way to connect to the rest of the world. Since it was invented, flight has been the fastest mode of transportation in business, in tourism and even in exchanging cargo. The aviation industry is globally regulated because of its stringent safety rules. That is why professionals from this industry are required to pass various training programs, possess local and international licenses and even submit themselves to continuous competency seminars and trade tests. Aviation professionals are highly skilled and highly compensated, however, even if you are a non- aviation degree holder, you can still be given a unique opportunity to enter the field of, and obtain a successful career in Aviation. Here are some pointers that will help you enter the field:

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    Continued education
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    You can never know enough, or stop learning about the Aviation Industry by research and reading. You can access journals in Aviation from the internet, magazine subscriptions and even articles from the newspaper. Topics that involve the latest information on aircraft components and structures, human errors, traffic control system, airport operation, dangerous goods, passenger service and assistance are the ones you can start with. Later on you will realize that the more familiar you are to the most basic and the most intricate details of the industry; the more you will feel that you can fit in any of the professions in the Aviation industry. Let us say, by reading about the specifications of wide-bodied aircraft you knew as a passenger, that you are riding either a Boeing or an Airbus. The technical jargon used is now becoming familiar to you through reading. You are more confident to tell your co passengers that you are boarding a Boeing 737 with this kind of seating capacity.
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    Develop a habit of bumping shoulders with the people from the Aviation industry
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    One thing that I learned from a drinking session with the pilots and aircraft mechanics is that they never get tired of an opportunity to discuss about what they are doing - in and out of the air. You will also realize that they themselves have this chance to work with a non- Aviation related graduate. You will also learn a lot of customer service skills and safety operations through gate agents, passenger service assistants, and even cargo handlers and air traffic controllers.
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    Try to attend to any recruitment process for Aviation professionals
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    A degree in Aviation is not a guarantee of a successful career in Aviation. Sometimes, those who are not aviation related graduates with only a few seminars and short training courses are given slots because it is the skills that are really tested. For example, between a four year degree holder with no experience and an automotive mechanic with training as an aircraft sheet metal technician; the one who has skills has a greater advantage of passing the trade test, interview and exam.
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    Enroll in an aviation training center that will give you formal and skilled training in Aviation
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    There are also considerations that you have to think of when looking for the right technical school for your specialized training in Aviation:  
    1. Look for a training center in Aviation that has technical instructors in the field. Sometimes, in a four-year degree course, the tenured faculty members have completed masters and even doctoral degrees but have no industry experience handling aircraft or even aircraft operations in general. They are just one theoretical step ahead of their students compared to the practitioners in the field offered by Training Centers regulated by the Aviation Authority of any country. So the Training Centers are training skills in the Aviation industry and they constantly coordinate with the people from the Aviation industry.
    2. Look for a training center in the Aviation industry that is either affiliated with the Airline Industry or connected with the recruitment agencies that produce technical skilled workers in the Aviation according to industry standards.
    3. Look for a training center that can link you to the on-site works and help you see and touch a real wide-bodied aircraft. Do not be lured with the computerized instructions and video presentations as attractive features for highly competent training programs. It is best that you will get the chance to see, touch and feel the actual aircraft exterior and interior.
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TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR NON AVIATION RELATED PROFESSIONALS

Here are some of the training programs that any professional can enroll in to start a career in Aviation.

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    Aircraft Production Planner and Control
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    Cargo Handling
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    any four year degree courses.
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    Aircraft Passenger Service Agent .
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    Cabin Crew.
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    Gate Controllers
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    Airline Marketers and Advertisers
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    Chef as Passenger Service Agents
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    Interpreters
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The Aviation Industry is the center of globalization so the job opportunities are really enticing. But just like any other field, you really need to empower yourself to fit in and to sustain a successful career.

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Career development in Aviation Industry?

I'm a graduate of printing technology, but I'm now considering working in the Aviation industry. I have no basic knowledge of the profession, though I'm planning to go for training programs. Please kindly educate me on which area to pursue.

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1 year aviation diploma with IATA?

I have completed my 12th and now just wanted to know about joining a one-year Aviation diploma with IATA, but everyone is saying to get a promotion from the ground staff to higher levels. I need to take BBA in aviation. I'm very confused please help me?

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