Coming Soon! Industry/Career Expos at the Residential Campuses

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and alumni are invited to attend the Industry/Career Expos this fall, and employers interested in exhibiting at the Expos can find information and register for the events here.

The Prescott, Arizona, Industry/Career Expo is Thursday, October 3.

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The Daytona Beach, Florida, Industry/Career Expo is Wednesday, October 9.

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Students and alumni, find tips and details to review before attending the event here.  Professional dress is the expected attire for the events.


Impact Your Future

By Sally Richards

Summer’s over!  Back at school.Picture1

Did you use your summer vacay to help enhance your resume?  It’s fantastic if you spent the summer participating in an internship or work experience.  Internships are a great way to gain practical work experience, make contacts and network with people who can help with your job search after you graduate.   If not, there are a variety of things you can do to help make yourself more marketable and lead you down the path of success.

What’s different about coming back to school this year?  You know that you need to figure out what steps to take to increase your potential, and you know you need to put in the effort to open up opportunities  whether you’re interested in a co-op, internship, or entry-level position with Company ABC or Company XYZ.  Now that you’re back on campus, you need to figure out what steps you can take to increase your potential and make this school year the year that will impact the course of your future career!

  • Figure out your strategy.  Have a plan and a back-up plan.  Be flexible.
  • Study, study, study.  Good grades are an indicator that you have learned skills to help you complete projects in the work place.
  • Join a club or two. Be an involved member of the group, not just a member on paper.  Contribute to the organization and hold a leadership role.
  • Network with faculty, company representatives at conferences or members of professional organizations.   Ask how they got their start in industry and what they like about their position. Most professionals enjoy telling their stories.  Follow up with them periodically. Send LinkedIn requests to those with whom you are communicating.
  • Participate in one of your academic department’s  or extracurricular club’s team projects. Recognition/awards in competitions and the work you’re accomplishing in a team towards a goal or completion will be valuable experience to an employer as he or she evaluates your potential and knowledge.  It will also give you some real world experience to talk about when interviewing for a position.
  • Use the Career Services resources available to you.
  • Attend career-related events.  Check out the EagleHire Network calendar for events on the residential campuses.
  • Understand what it will take to participate in the Co-op/Intern Program and find out how you can earn credit if you do a relevant work experience. Work and learn from professionals in the field in addition to your academic curriculum by doing an internship.
  • Attend the Industry/Career Expos on the Prescott (Thursday, October 3) and Daytona Beach (Wednesday, October 9) campuses. Research companies and plan to talk to those organizations doing the kind of work in which you are interested.  Dress professionally for these events.

Employers are far more apt to offer opportunities to proactive job seekers.  Be that student who takes initiative, has a good attitude and is prepared for his or her job search. Seek out advice, resources and programs available to you.  Show that you are the motivated candidate.  IMPACT YOUR OWN FUTURE.

Sally Richards has 30 years of experience in higher education with a proven track record in Career Services. Sally started her career with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aeronautical Engineering Department.  Currently as the Career Services Cooperative Education/Internship Program Manager, she manages and facilitates operations of the Co-op/Intern Program for the team of Program Managers and ensures adherence of Co-op policies and procedures while overseeing resolution for co-op situations. Her credentials include aviation/airline industry experience in flight recruiting, maintenance planning and passenger service with two major airlines and one regional carrier, as well as studies at Kent State University in Ohio.

Co-op/Internship Spotlight from Summer 2013: Jeremy Asomaning

“You go to school for a degree that makes you marketable, but an internship can land you a career.” (JP Hansen, career expert and author of the Bliss List) 

Embry-Riddle’s Cooperative Education/Internship Program at the Daytona Beach campus had 144 participants this past summer term.  Students gained practical work experiences in co-op or internship positions with approximately 103 companies in the U.S. and across the globe.  Several students already have full-time job offers, once they graduate, from the host company. 

Jeremy is just one of the students whose summer was spent gaining valuable experience in an environment where a student is being mentored and supervised by other professionals.  Interns often have the opportunity to learn from the company or organization team members and network while working in a corporate culture.  They develop new skills and enhance others, including decision making, leadership and communication while making the transition from student to professional. 

Jeremy studied and analyzed  the existing structure in the 787 to determine which structures would be impacted after structural changes were complete. It involved the use of Boeing Software which was able to load the entire geometry of an airplane unto one’s  computer screen. He had to undergo a month-long training to learn how to use this and other software.

Jeremy studied and analyzed the existing structure in the 787 to determine which structures would be impacted after structural changes were complete. It involved the use of Boeing Software which was able to load the entire geometry of an airplane unto one’s computer screen. He had to undergo a month-long training to learn how to use this and other software.

Jeremy Asomaning, Aerospace Engineering

Structural Engineering – Design Intern

Boeing Commercial Aircraft,  Everett, Washington

Here is Jeremy’s feedback on his experience.

As a Structures-Design intern on the 787 Program this summer, most of my work was centered around performing a study on the structure in the upper half fuselage section, right above the wings of the 787-10.

I had to become familiar with and analyze the structure in this part of the airplane, which took weeks to complete, after which I documented and presented my findings to leadership on which structures would be impacted upon resizing some key structures within this area.

Working at The Boeing Company has been absolutely phenomenal. I had the opportunity to learn and be taught by people who were experts in their respective fields. I was also challenged by my project as it involved the use of new software to be able to successfully carry out the tasks assigned to me.  At Boeing, everyone worked together for the success of the project and that meant that you could walk up to anyone and ask them for their help or advice on what you were working on. People were just glad when you showed interest in what their work entailed or when you sought their expertise on a problem.

I also had the opportunity to work with other interns on a project which was highly beneficial. This experience with other intern teams helped me to better understand how iterative the process of building an aircraft is. There was heavy team collaboration which involved meeting regularly to discuss progress as well as challenges which kept springing up. One key thing which helped us to come up with solutions quickly to the problems we faced was the nature of our group intern project; Boeing gave us, interns, room to come up with solutions or figure it out. We were not restricted on how deep we could go or how broad we could extend our study to. Through this, we were able to develop an engineering mindset and come up with solutions which on some occasions had never been tried  or thought of by the company’s engineers.

Overall Boeing invested into me, giving me the opportunity to not only learn new skills but to think farther outside box.

CareerSpots Video Highlight: Interview the Interviewer

Embry-Riddle Career Services wants you to review CareerSpots videos, a series of visual resources to help with your internship/job search and career development.

Typically during an interview, a candidate is given an opportunity to ask questions.  Use this time to solidify your insight into the position and company, to show your research and knowledge, to express genuine interest in the opening and more.  Always take advantage of the question, “Do you have any questions for us?

Review interview information on the Career Services website, including sample questions to ask during your interview.

WATCH Interview the Interviewer

Interview the Interviewer

Transitioning from an Intern to a Full-time Position

by Valerie Kielmovitch & Emily Ferraro

newTransitioning into a full-time position can be challenging.  You are no longer a student and you are not just gaining experience in the field anymore.  A full-time job begins your career path and the transition into this new role needs to be met head on.

When transitioning from an internship to a full-time position, use some of these strategies in order to deal with the change in a positive and effective manner.

Find resources – invest in some books or follow RSS/Blogs about others who are going through a similar transition.

Keep a personal journal/blog – being aware of your challenges and successes can help you deal with and reflect on your transition. Think back to when you first entered college and what coping strategies you utilized.

Continue in your routine – while going through this life change, stick to what you know like (i.e. spending time with friends/family, exercising, etc.).

Maintain current support system – recognize your current supporters and those who will continue to support you in the future

Continue to grow your network – life is all about who you know and not necessarily what you know, so ensure you are staying in touch with your professional and personal network. Using LinkedIn is a great way to keep and maintain contacts before, during, and after your experiences.

Be knowledgeable of ERAU’s resources – utilize faculty, advisors, and of course Career Services.

The future is unpredictable and you do not always know what will happen unless you have a crystal ball, so creating coping strategies is crucial to getting you through life’s constant transitions.  Take time to reflect before, during, and after a transition to see how you will face life’s next transition.  Remember that most people change jobs on an average of 11 times throughout their lifetime, so it’s likely that you will have to transition again in the future and these tips can be helpful each time.

Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina.  Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.

Emily Ferraro is new to the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves as the Program Manager for undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies as well as her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Emily enjoys working with students to help them achieve their personal and professional career goals and specializes in topics such as personal branding and resume writing.

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