A beginner’s guide to networking

A beginner’s guide to networking

Networking is a big part of the aviation world; look at any event in the aviation calendar and you will see that a big part of it will revolve around networking. You’ve heard the saying, ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ This is often the case in business so networking could be just the springboard you need.    

So what’s it all about?

First of all, networking is not just about making social media connections. It can come in many different forms and can be organic, natural or formal. Essentially, it’s about getting to know people and building knowledge in a professional work capacity. Connecting and chatting with people over social media is fine, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting to establish relationships and build trust for potential business or job opportunities.

Where to start?

There are many Q&A sessions, conferences and lectures organised during events such as EBACE, the Farnborough International Airshow and the Aviation Festival. Speakers and delegates regularly come together to discuss all things aviation – from how the industry is advancing to the latest technical developments. You name it, there will be an event somewhere in the world discussing that topic.   In terms of employment, most of the bigger events have a full day set aside to help students progress further into the industry, and more often than not, it will be free for students to attend these events. Once you’re there, use the time to make useful contacts and business connections for the future – you never know where it might lead If the event isn’t directly related to a careers theme, you can still make a big impact during your time talking to them. Whilst chatting, perhaps you could see if they needed some free admin during the summer holidays or a guest writer for their blog?

Ask questions

One of the biggest fears of networking is that you will ask a silly question and then have to suffer the embarrassment of their answer before you scarper away. However, if you do your homework beforehand, you’ll be able to see who is there to speak to, and arm yourself with great questions beforehand. Granted, it can be daunting, but a good question will make you stand out.

Help each other out

The great thing about the aviation industry is that most of the people are really nice – and furthermore accommodating on helping new talent enter the industry. Even if someone can’t offer you a job there and then, who’s to say that this person might not be able to offer you support and guidance in another role you undertake? Also, if you’re someone with a fresh pair of eyes, you may even be able to help them by ‘reverse mentoring.’ If you don’t network, and have the conversation, you’ll never know how you could help each other.

Breaking the ice

One of the worst parts about going to talk to a stranger is the fear of the unknown. However, having a pre-prepared soft opener, such as talking about the weather or the latest industry news, are great ways of breaking the ice until you can get to know them a little further.

Break the rules. What rules?

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to networking so if you feel more comfortable taking a friend or work colleague, bring them along. It might just give you the confidence to say something you wouldn’t ordinarily have had the courage to alone. It’s completely normal as even the most confident people can find this environment quite intimidating.

Be part of something

By attending networking events, you will often have the chance to be part of a bigger group. Join committees, volunteer on school outreach programmes and help organise events – being part of something bigger might just be the stepping stone you need for success. They will also help develop your planning, communication and teamwork skills, as well as looking great on your CV.  

Raring to go?

Here’s some helpful links to get you started. The Aviation Club UK The British Aviation Group The Aero Society Young Persons Network

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Reflecting the global demand for pilots, Flight Crew Futures ​is a major recruitment event which supports commercial pilots, plus recently-graduated ATPLs and low-hour candidates, by providing an opportunity to explore new and exciting career progression opportunities under one roof . The fourth Flight Crew Futures ​event ​will be held at the London Gatwick Hilton​ on Wednesday 17 October 2018. ​

Entry is free and candidates can drop-in anytime between 1000-1600. Wendy Pursey, Head of Membership and Career Services at BALPA, and a supporter of the event, said Flight Crew Futures​ is: “Attended by pilots who are thinking about a change of career, thinking about going to different airlines. They are able to speak to those airlines directly and get honest feedback.”

“They are able to speak to those airlines directly and get honest feedback.”

“Flight Crew Futures​ will partner visiting pilots with airlines and agencies who are seeking to recruit either experienced, low-hour (fATPL) or newly-graduated ATPL cadets,” says Darran Ward, FCF Event Manager. “FCF offers a great chance to meet directly with the ​ airlines and pilot recruiters in a single venue, and gather all the facts and career advice in an informal environment. “

In addition, we’ve extended the reach of FCF to include recently graduated ATPLs, to assist ​ next-generation pilots in securing their first FO position and help low-hour candidates start their career.”

 

Register now

To register for FREE​ and to view which recruiters will be attending FCF​ at the London Gatwick Hilton​ on Wednesday 17 October​, please visit www.pilotcareernews.com/live/flightcrew/

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5 packing hacks by GATE8 Luggage

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At GATE8, as the cabin luggage brand of choice for many frequent travellers, they are constantly talking to business travellers, pilots and crew about how travel could be made more efficient. Especially when it comes to packing, they’ve accumulated a wealth of hacks of that may help you stay organised and optimise that precious luggage space even further.

Here’s the top 5!

⦁ Pack your belt in the collar of a shirt; this will save space and help to keep your collar crisp.

⦁ Use the complimentary shower caps to put your shoes in… It will save your clothes from getting dirty and will help avoid scuffs on your shoes.

⦁ Place a dryer sheet in your bag to keep your clothes smelling fresh during transit. It takes up minimal space and avoids that musty smell when you unpack at the other end.

⦁ Use masking tape around toiletry bottles tops to avoid spillage (it works!)

⦁ It sounds uncool, but make a packing list – or download a free one! Check everything off, and then put the list in your case so that you can use it to pack on your way home. Get your free packing list by clicking the red button.

Why GATE8?

Besides packing smartly, choosing the right luggage can go a long way in making your travels as hassle-free as possible. At GATE8 they work closely with the business travel community to develop a range of cabin bags that answer the most pressing of travel gripes – from crease-free garment storage to keeping your tech & valuables safe and close to hand, discover the range at GATE8Luggage.com.

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Airbus launches pilot training programme with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico

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As Airbus forecast that 540,000 new pilots would be needed in the next two decades to meet with global demand, they have followed up this prediction with the launch of a new global cadet pilot training programme, to include ab initio training. After partnering with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM,) the first course is due to commence early next year. Upon completion of that course, the cadets will continue their training at the nearby Airbus Mexico Training centre in the aim of qualifying as an Airbus A320 pilot.

Cadets will benefit from a complete and fully integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme and qualify as an “operationally-ready pilot.”

EAM said, “Global standards set by the Airbus Flight Training reference will ensure harmonised high quality training.”

Airbus are also offering a bridge course from local licence to an EASA licence.

Airbus has been offering training courses for nearly 50 years now and has always taken a comprehensive and innovative approach via its unique cockpit commonality concept and the regular introduction of the latest technologies and learning concepts. 

Airbus tripled its training locations worldwide in the last few years. With an extensive and growing global network, Airbus has created a complete flight training package, allowing its customers to benefit from its training expertise closer to their home base, ensuring a wider range of competent candidates make it to the cockpit.

 

Join the programme

To enter the programme, you must be over the age of 18, and have graduated from high school. Potential candidates will undergo screening tests throughout the process.

Tim Peake set to open Futures Day at Farnborough

Tim Peake set to open Futures Day at Farnborough

It’s that time of year again as everyone is preparing for one of the biggest dates in the aerospace calendar. From the 16th July, the Farnborough International Airshow will once again open its doors to the trade to do business, and the public for an unforgettable weekend of fun for all the family.

It’s impressive line up of exhibitors include Benchmark, Quadrant, Breton, SAAB, HC Pacific and of course, us!

The 2016 show proved a huge success and saw debuts from nine new aircrafts including Boeing’s 737 MAX, Bombardier’s C Series and aircraft from Embraer, Hondajet, Diamond and Gulfstream.

Other highlights from the 2016 event included:

$124 billion worth of orders and commitments were placed

82 of the top 100 aerospace companies participating

More than 1500 exhibitors from 52 countries came together

71% of exhibitors were from outside of the UK, showcasing a true global offering

Futures Day 2018

It’s expected that 2018’s offering will be much of the same, including a return of their Futures Day. On Friday 20th July, groups from schools, universities and youth associations (aged between 11-21) who are registered by a teacher or group leader, will again get to attend the airshow and participate in Futures Day, for free.

European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, will officially open Futures Day before the attendees set off on a trail around the airshow and participate in the interactive programme of activities. For more information on Future’s Day, visit here.

Alongside Futures Day, we’ll once again be handing out our FREE guides of ‘How to write a standout CV in the aviation industry’ at stand R7. We’ll be there all week and we’d love you to come over and meet our team.

For more information on the Farnborough International Airshow, simply click here.

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Pilot Careers Live flies into Manchester this weekend

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England might be bringing it home but if you’re thinking about a career as a professional pilot, Manchester is the place you need to be tomorrow. Pilot Careers Live arrives at the Concorde Conference Centre at Manchester Airport between 9am and 4pm, with flight schools and employers all on hand to give advice to prospective aviation professionals of the future.

Throughout the day there will be useful seminars, all designed to give attendees an insight into what their future could look like.

 

What’s on?

11.00 – 11.25

How you can prepare for your assessments and what are the requirements.

 

12.00 – 12.25

The RAF Careers department will be presenting on what you can expect from a career as a military pilot, giving information on the lifestyle, its global operations, the nature of the flying and the requirements for application.

 

13.00 – 13.25

Air Traffic Control are joined by NATS who will present on a career in Air Traffic Control, explaining more about this challenging and rewarding aviation career.

 

14.00 – 14.25

Pilot Careers Live will be hosting a training panel which will welcome experts on the two routes to answer pre-selected questions which will inform you on the differences and benefits of the Integrated and Modular routes to the right-hand seat.

 

15.00 – 15.25

Jet2.com will be sharing advice for new pilots looking to break into the airline industry.

 

Who should attend?

Pilot Careers Live welcomes anyone who’s interested in a career in aviation and aerospace, from aero engineering and flight deck positions to maintenance, airport operations, management, air traffic control or flight ops.

They also welcome anyone with an ambition to be an airline or military pilot, or anyone interested in commercial helicopter flying operations.

If you’re a school or college leaver, this event offers an excellent opportunity to gather reference materials and speak with the experts about options within the sector.

You don’t need to be an aviation expert to attend as this event as it’s designed to  equip you with comprehensive knowledge about every career opportunity and training process, to ensure that you get the best possible independent, professional advice.

To book tickets, visit here.

 

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