Changing jobs in the aviation industry

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If you are looking to change jobs in the aviation industry, the good news is that industry experts are predicting shortfalls in certain areas.  This, in theory should help anyone looking to change job.  There are many reasons why this shortfall may have come about, but the two most credible and most likely are that the layoffs and budget tightening over recent years has meant that fewer people were making the decision to join the aviation industry; particularly when it came to pilot and mechanic career choices.  The second is again about supply and demand, but this time on the side of the consumer.  It’s a fact that more and more of us are choosing to travel.  This, as well as the increased reliance on military aviation solutions, means that there is a natural need for more pilots and more aviation mechanics.

The knock on effect of this shortfall means that aviation professionals around the world are facing up to the fact that getting the right people to fill their vacancies could become tougher than it has been for a long while. 

So what does this mean if you’re looking to change jobs in the aviation industry?  In theory, it means that it should be somewhat easier than it was only a handful of years ago.  It also means that if you can bag yourself one of these tough to fill positions, in real terms you stand a good chance of getting a better package than you might have anticipated only a short time ago.  All of that said; your case for change needs to stack up for any employer to take you seriously.

The increasing need for pilots and mechanics as a result of more travel impacts on the need for flight attendants and ground staff too, so there’s also good news on that front.  But if you’re looking to change job, what you need to focus on is how your current skills will stand you in good stead, and what sort of training and education you should be aiming to undertake in order to secure yourself your dream move.

Many employers offer either full or part-funded training to help you fulfil your job change goals within the same aviation company, but where this doesn’t exist, or where you’re looking to move to another employer, you may need to face up to the fact that you’ll need to make an investment yourself.  If you’re planning to do this, you owe it to yourself to assess your chances of success realistically and honestly.  If needs be you should bring a professional on board, or at least sniff out a mentor to help you make informed decisions. 

Once you have had your hopes confirmed as attainable, it’s always a good idea to keep an open mind and remain flexible.  Changing job can be tougher and take longer than you think, so the more realistically you approach the idea, the more satisfied you’re likely to be by the outcome.  Remaining flexible might mean that you develop a career path strategy to getting to where you want to be over a period of time, rather than a directly.  This could mean that you need to take a couple of stepping stone jobs before reaching your goal, but either way, with the right skills and attributes, a firm focus on training and a whole lot of determination, you’re more than likely to get there.

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