by Kristy Amburgey
With the Embry-Riddle Industry/Career Expos quickly approaching, it is good to also know about all the other career-related opportunities that you can seek out for your job search and professional development. The opportunities are varied but include professional association conferences, local job fairs and military/security clearance-specific events.
Most professional associations have annual conferences, chapter meetings and networking functions. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Women in Aviation and many others offer opportunities year-round. Identify the organizations in which you are most interested in joining and then learn about their development and job search options. The best way to find information is to sign-up for news feeds and newsletters or bookmark the websites for easy access. For inspiration, view a list of relevant professional organizations on the Career Services website.
Geographical-based job fairs are another opportunity to consider, although you may not always find the companies that best fit your career goals. Consider government-organized, university-based and for profit-run events to attend. Before heading out, always review the company attendee list and understand the event entry policies (IDs, fees, pre-registration or resumes may be required). A web search should be used to find these opportunities, and many major cities will advertise large events via ads on local websites, newspapers or TV. Several city, county or state agencies, such as Workforce Centers, will offer events, and some of the events are virtual. If you have a university in your local area, you may also inquire with the organizing department, most often Career Services, to see if they allow non-students and alumni to attend. There are a number of for-profit groups that sponsor and advertise local events, including JobExpo.com, NationalCareerFairs.com, WomenforHire.com and others.
Former military personnel and those holding security clearances have additional fairs to consider. TechExpoUSA.com, Lucas Group and TAOnline.com are just several of the sites to explore for career fairs. The government also hosts events specific to veterans; check out USAJobs.gov for details.
There are many additional sites, resources and opportunities for you to attend, and this list is just a starting point. Attending a career-related event can be advantageous for you, but you should put in the preparation, time and enthusiasm to achieve your desired outcome.
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.