Sending you the warmest holiday greetings from the Career Services Office!
All posts for the month December, 2013
By Valerie Kielmovitch
These phrases are typically heard around the dinner tables of many households. Children may listen to these and other rules but do not always follow them. However, when it comes to the job/intern search, these etiquette rules are key to succeeding at a meal with a future employer. A meal with an employer may occur at a conference or during an interview. It is very important to follow standard etiquette during the meal.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- The meal is typically part of the interview, so stay on your ‘A game’ as far as listening to questions fully and giving thoughtful answers.
- In most cases, the employer will pay for your meal, so this isn’t the time to order steak and lobster. Be somewhat conservative in your meal choice, if there is an option, or try to emulate what the employer is having. At the same time, do not assume the employer will be paying for the meal; still offer to contribute to the check.
- In choosing a meal, be careful that it is something easy to eat in which you will not get messy and can still actively engage in conversation. This may not be the best time to eat ribs or peel shrimp.
- It is recommended that you do not consume alcohol in order to be alert throughout the meal.
- Do not talk with food in your mouth.
- Try not to wave your utensils around, if using your hands when talking.
- Be conscious of how utensils are set up on the table. Always use them going from the outside in towards your plate.
- Place your napkin on your lap upon sitting down to the meal. If you get up from the table, place the napkin on the chair.
- If asked for the salt, still pass both the salt and pepper together.
- When eating soup, move the spoon away from you in the bowl and do not slurp. When finished with the soup, place the spoon on the saucer on which the soup bowl was brought.
- If you are cutting meat, cut one piece at a time and place your knife on your plate when eating.
- When you are finished with your meal, place your utensils horizontally across the plate at the 9 and 3 o’clock position to indicate you are finished.
- Be very polite to the wait staff.
Following these simple tips will ensure you have a great meal and a stellar interview.
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.
Additional information on informal and formal place settings is provided below.
Posted by eraucso on December 19, 2013
Posted by eraucso on December 16, 2013
Todd Hillsgrove is a native of Pittsfield, New Hampshire. He studied Aeronautical Science at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach campus and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. While a junior at ERAU, Todd was selected to participate in the Procter & Gamble Corporate Aviation Student Development Program – a one week co-op designed to give students an in-depth look at corporate aviation.
After graduating ERAU, Todd returned to New Hampshire to begin his flying career. He spent several years as a flight instructor and gained valuable experience flying more complex aircraft for local companies. In 1997, Todd was hired by the DCAir Company, LLC to fly a Pilatus PC-12 and eventually attained his first type rating in a Beechjet 400A with that company.
In the Spring of 2002, Todd was hired by Procter & Gamble and received his Gulfstream IV type rating soon after. Eventually, he added a Gulfstream V type rating and flew internationally as Captain on the G-IV, G-V and G550. In addition to flying, Todd accepted roles of increasing responsibility at the hangar – Safety Officer, Assistant Chief Pilot and his current position as Chief Pilot.
Posted by eraucso on December 9, 2013
James Sulton, III, Ed.D., is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumnus of the Prescott, AZ and Daytona Beach, FL campuses. He worked towards an Aerospace Studies undergraduate degree on the Daytona Beach campus and transferred to the Prescott campus to finish his bachelor’s degree, focusing on safety. He came back to Daytona Beach to complete his master’s degree. Then, he received his Doctor of Education degree from Pepperdine University, where his dissertation was titled, African-American Women Pilot’s Perceptions of Barriers to Success in Flight-Training and Strategies to Enhance Their Presence.
After he graduated from Pepperdine, he became Principal of Aviation High School, which was a magnet school in Oakland, CA. Next, James pursued a career in air traffic control. He is now living in Manassas, VA and working as an Air Traffic Controller. Currently, he volunteers and assists in different events involving K-12 in the Virginia and Maryland areas. James and his wife wrote new curriculum, currently used in some Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC schools, to provide new topics surrounding aviation that remains within the guidelines of the core curriculum. He also co-founded AviationEd, Inc., an organization of aviation and education professionals committed to inspiring the next generation to pursue their career goals through mentorship, educational programs, and experiential learning.
Tell us about your career successes and how each one led to new opportunities.
In 2005, I had a unique opportunity to teach high school math to approximately 100 at-risk teenagers with special needs in Prescott, Arizona. The experience of working with students who were struggling to learn grade level material due to poor foundational knowledge sparked a passion.
I was intrigued by the social challenges that manifested themselves as academic shortcomings in the classroom. “Why were so many of my students struggling?” was a question I continued to ask myself. When I began to meet with the families of my students, I realized the level of needed support stretched far beyond the classroom.
So, in 2006, when Lockheed Martin hired me as a flight service specialist, I enrolled the support of my colleagues and started a volunteer network at a local high school. Lockheed was very supportive of our group as we provided tutoring, organized school events and activities, and partnered with their learning community.
After serving as a flight service specialist for Lockheed and a school board member at Oakland Aviation High School, I took a leap of faith and blended my passion for aviation with that of education and became the principal of Oakland Aviation High School (OAHS).
OAHS primarily served at-risk students – some with special needs – from the neighborhoods of east Oakland. Our academic program satisfied state educational standards in math, science, English, and social science using themes and concepts found within the aviation and aerospace industries while providing avenues for career technical education. In addition, we had unique partnerships with local colleges and community organizations that really enhanced our curriculum.
Today, I work for the FAA as an Air Traffic control Specialist at Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in Warrenton, Virginia. I remain connected to local and national aviation educational initiatives with an organization co-founded with my wife Jacqueline, AviationEd, Inc.
How have your educational achievements impacted your career decisions? How did you involvement in school help you achieve your goals?
From attaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees at ERAU to a doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy from Pepperdine University, my collegiate education had an immeasurable impact on my career decisions.
Equally important to my coursework were the experiences I had as a college student outside of the classroom. Working as a camp counselor and coordinator at ERAU’s Summer Academy, teaching SAT preparation as a teacher at ERAU’s Upward Bound program, and the relationships I built with classmates provided marketable skills that I use every day.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Without a doubt, my most proud professional accomplishment was ensuring that each of our 40 graduating seniors at OAHS were accepted to college before attaining their high school diploma. With more than 50% of our students being first generation college students and 95% being eligible for free or reduced lunch under the Federal Title I program, I am extremely proud of being part of a team of educators that accomplished this goal.
For young people interested in STEM and aviation education, what advice do you have to help them on a path to success?
For young people interested, and for those that are not, I encourage them to take advantage of every opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career fields. In the next 10 years, there will be over 1 million jobs – many high paying – available in the STEM sector. In addition to career fields in the aviation and aerospace industries, STEM career fields provide access to exciting opportunities that are on the cutting edge of innovation.
It is also important to stay encouraged while pursuing your career goals and dreams. If you really want to be involved, do not take “no” for an answer and continue to pursue your destiny regardless of what may be said.
And, be sure to find a mentor as soon as possible. People who are in a position that you admire may have been where you are today. Reach out to people you respect as they may be willing to support you.
Finally, participate in summer and extracurricular programs every year. AviationEd, Inc. organizes a national scholarship search and sponsors at least two students to attend ERAU’s Summer Academy in Daytona Beach. Each year the award winners rave about the experience and many are eager to learn about how they can enroll as students in the university.
Posted by eraucso on December 2, 2013