Volunteering your way to aviation success

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Sometimes when you’re job searching, you’re acutely aware that you’re short of some essential skills.  If that’s the case, you might be facing the dilemma of whether to engage in some sort of training to plug that gap or finding another solution.  A really effective way to bring your skillset up to scratch is volunteering.  Often thought of as something you do when you’ve finished university, if you decide to take a year off work or when you retire, volunteering potentially has a whole lot to add to your aviation job search chances if you plan it right. 

Volunteering is all about giving up your time to help an organisation or an individual.  It’s also typically an opportunity to use your existing skills or develop new skills, but the key thing that makes volunteering unique is that you do it without any form of financial reward.  So what could volunteering bring to your aviation job search?

  • Access to new people

When you choose to take up a volunteering opportunity, you get the chance to mix with a whole new network of people.  Not only will you make new friends, but you’ll get noticed by industry professionals who will be able to see you in action in the knowledge that you’re doing what you’re doing for the love of it, rather than for the money.  While of course you’re not going to be able to volunteer your way into becoming an airline pilot, there are plenty of opportunities to offer your skills in the industry to get you noticed and give you the luxury of exposure to new experiences in the sector.

  • The chance to learn new skills

If you’re hoping to break into the airline industry from another sector, securing an interesting and appropriate volunteering position won’t only let you develop your existing skills in ways that’ll appeal directly to potential airline employers, but it’ll also let you develop some of the industry-specific skills you mightn’t already have.

  • The opportunity to try out a new job

The airline industry is often shrouded in glitz and glamour but ask anyone who works in it and you’ll soon realise that it’s not necessarily any more alluring than any other job (although of course we all love it!).  With this in mind, volunteering is a great way to get up close and personal in the industry and see it in it’s full; warts and all.  Volunteering will allow you to see the aviation industry in action and decide for yourself if it’s really where you want to go next.

  • Experience

For anyone who’s lacking specific experience that aviation employers are looking for, volunteering can often be the way to get that experience.  While it may be that you need to get creative to find the right opportunity, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities for volunteering if you ask and persevere.

  • Respect

There’s no getting away from the fact that volunteers impress potential employers.  Anyone who can find time in their busy lives to give up their time either for a good cause or even for their own personal development is likely to stand out in a crowd when it comes to securing themselves a job in a competitive environment.

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