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Ways to Be Eligible for a Salary Increase

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After putting in time at a job, sometimes people become interested in the next step or being able to earn more for their work. Though every industry, company, and/or job may have a different method for administering salary increases to employees, but here are some general ways to ensure that you are a viable candidate earning a raise:

  • Stand out from the crowd
    • This can be demonstrated by doing outstanding work, volunteering when needed, and/or creating a strong reputation for yourself among the company and/or team. Office gossip happens in many workplaces, but try to not contribute to this in order to create a positive image of yourself.
  • Step up to the plate
    • Try to take on leadership roles within your team and/or office. This could include training a new employee, organizing professional development opportunities or volunteer experiences, or demonstrating expertise on a project/assignment.
  • Create a strong case
    • When approaching a supervisor, make sure you have solid reasons for justifying your potential raise. Think about what accomplishments you have made, if this is the right time to be asking (e.g. end of year evaluations, at a career milestone, or after a profitable quarter), and do not ask for an exorbitant amount.
  • Involve your performance review
    • It may be a good idea to have the raise discussion around the time of your performance review as this gives you an advantage (if it is positive) as for reasons why a raise is justifiable.
  • Always end in a question
    • Asking questions and listening during the conversation with your supervisor would be advantageous to the discussion being productive. You do not want to go into a conversation demanding more money as typically you will not get the outcome you are seeking.

Valerie Kielmovitch was recently promoted to Associate Director and Employer Relations Manager within the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Daytona Beach. She has worked in the Career Services office at ERAU since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and her 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.


Advantages of Job Shadowing

By: Sandi OhmanJob Shadowing

What is job shadowing? As the name implies job shadowing is the process of following, like a shadow, another person in a specific job or career position/field/industry. For someone who is looking to find out about a specific career path, this is an excellent opportunity to see what the job is like over a short period of time. This activity can typically last a few hours, a day, or a week. Job shadowing is encouraged for middle and high-school aged students, as they learn about different career paths. However it is not just for this group, as college students, and people looking to switch careers could find this activity very useful. Job shadowing is also an extension of informational interviewing

The obvious advantage of job shadowing is that it allows a person to learn about specific career paths, as mentioned above. Learning about skills needed for specific careers is another advantage of job shadowing. An additional advantage is being able to learn more about a specific company and its culture. This could help determine if this is a company they really want to work for in the future. While this can be hard to determine in a few hours or even days, it is still a good view into possible career fields, which can promote further questions, research, and/or evaluation.

Where should someone start the search for job shadowing opportunities?

  • Check the Career Services Office for connections in the career area of interest. Many times they work with alumni in a specific career area of interest as well as companies that typically recruit specific career areas.
  • Local companies that offer careers in the area(s) of interest
  • If a current student or an alumnus, ask faculty who teach in the areas of interest if they would recommend a contact
  • Personal network – people know people in all areas of careers. Don’t underestimate connections!
  • Professional organizations could offer excellent connections for job shadowing opportunities – conferences, events, membership directories or other members

For more detailed information regarding Job Shadowing, check out the Quintessential Careers blog, Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing (

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Brace Yourself… It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Job Search

By: Emily Ferraro

No one said it would be easy, right? All of the tailored resumes, cover letters, applications, and emails pile up and you quickly find yourself in a human resource nightmare if you’ve jumped in without preparing yourself for what to expect. But that doesn’t mean that you need to suffer silently feeling overwhelmed and/or wondering why you haven’t made any progress in your job search. This is a daunting process for anyone whether you are just starting your first employment journey or find yourself making a transition in your career. A lot of people express that applying for jobs is a full-time job but they leave it at that, without discussing positive ways to cope through good times and hard times when looking for employment.Prepare Sign


Here are some “mind”ful tips in preparation for your impending job search:

  1. Set Reasonable Goals and Expectations
    • Securing a job before graduation often means that you must do some soul searching. Employers want well rounded candidates who are able to make decisions, solve problems, and communicate their ideas. Try thinking about your job search as one big problem that needs solving, use your decision making skills to help you navigate and remember to clearly communicate your ideas along the way. The best way to start communicating clearly is by starting the conversation within yourself- be proactive and start to create goals and outline your job search. Stick to them without comparing yourself to your peers/colleagues. This is YOUR job search and you have unique qualities that can’t be compared to others. Goals can be as simple as setting a number of applications to complete within each week. Or choosing a day of the week to refresh and stay up-to-date on your follow-up communication. This will help reinforce your expectations for yourself and will help you from feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Find your outlet
    • It’s easy to get distracted from doing what you enjoy when you are so worried about securing a job. It’s very important that you find something you love to do that helps you relieve stress. Remind yourself to take a break and go for a walk, or read a couple of chapters from your favorite book, maybe even watching your favorite movie at the end of the night or sneaking in a couple episodes of Game of Thrones. Whatever it is that you enjoy, this small treat should be your way of re-charging before you jump back into the process. Learning your personal coping method is very important so you do not start turning to bad habits when things get rough and ultimately risk putting off your goals.
  3. Turn to your mentor
    • My most cherished advisor once said, “There is nothing lonelier than going through a job search alone” and he was right. Don’t ever let yourself feel like you are alone when there are so many people around you who can serve as a mentor. Focus on your network and find one or two mentors that you can turn to when you find the search is getting to you or when you need help solving problems and making decisions. A good mentor should be able to challenge and support you while giving feedback and advice that encourage you to move forward even when times are hard. Look to your existing network on-campus, in your community, and in friends who have already secured jobs. Your Career Services Program Managers are another great mentor network!
  4. Keep your head up
    • It’s not always easy to stay positive when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in the job search. Especially when you haven’t heard back from companies or start feeling the pain of rejection. Remember to keep in touch with family and friends and tell people what you are going through, otherwise no one will know what you are going through. Lastly, keep these tips in mind and think of ways to recharge yourself when you aren’t feeling motivated. It’s normal to feel set-back but you have to get back up and try again.

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Emily Ferraro 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 on topics such as personal branding and social media and tailoring job search documents.

Congratulations Graduates!

To all Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates,

Congratulations!  We wish you the best as you embark on new adventures.  Good luck in everything you do!

Best regards,
Career Services


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We hope you have a relaxing and productive spring break.  Have a wonderful and safe time!


Daytona Beach Students…Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

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Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

Daytona Beach students can apply for a Career Services-sponsored Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award (up to $500) to help defray some expenses they may incur when they go on a Co-op or Internship experience during the summer semester. Money could be used for gasoline to travel to the industry site, for professional clothes to wear at work, to help pay rent, to pay for lodging if they non-rev to Paris, or even to dine at Chick-Fil-A.

Companies, alumni, and ERAU staff members have made tax deductible donations to the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Program in order for Career Services to offer several deserving Co-op/Intern students a little extra money for expenses during the summer Co-op/Intern semester. Their generosity has helped to minimize a student’s financial concern, relieving a little bit of the financial burden and therefore allowing a student to get the maximum benefit from the practical work experience. The Program began in 2003 and will continue each summer semester, as long as funding is available. Last summer, 10 students were each awarded $100-$400.

At the time of application, candidates must comply with University Co-op/Intern policy and be registered in EagleHire Network with an approved resume uploaded.  They must have already had a mandatory advising session to verify co-op/intern eligibility including GPA and credit hour requirements. Applicants must have signed a Student Agreement and be degree-seeking DB students enrolled full-time in the current and past semester in order to be considered.

ESSAY (one page max/double spaced); answer ALL of the following:
-If you are awarded co-op assistance, explain how this financial award (up to $500) would benefit you.
-How important has financial assistance been in your pursuit to complete your education?
-Are there situations or circumstances that are challenging or hardships that you have had to overcome?

Submissions of Resume, Transcript, and Essay are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Email documents to:

A committee of Career Services staff members will select the Award recipients. Recipients will be awarded a Co-op/Internship A$$istance monetary Award for Summer 2014, provided the recipient has been selected by a company/organization for a Summer 2014 Co-op/Internship AND completed a  Co-op/Intern contract to register for university credit. This contract must be completed with Career Services by Friday, May 2, 2014 in order to receive the Award.

Contact Sally Richards for information.  To make an online tax deductible contribution to the Program, go to this link:

Spotlight on the Co-op Assistance Award Program Winners

The Co-op Assistance Award Program provides financial awards to a few deserving students each summer who participate in the University’s Co-op/Internship Program.  The Program helps students minimize their financial concern by helping them defray some additional expenses that would be incurred during the work term and allowing the students to get the maximum benefit from a great co-op or internship opportunity.  The Award Program funded by employers, alumni and the Career Services team has been in existence since summer 2003 with $13,550 awarded to 46 students.  Congratulations to the 10 Daytona Beach students who received a Co-op Award during the summer 2013.

Award_Albano_Justin_Software_Engineering_sum_2013Justin Albano, Software Engineering
Harris Corp, Melbourne, FL; Software Technician
Justin was presented with the opportunity to work with this team to build a cloud network for the collection and parsing of FAA flight and weather data.  He was tasked with two major responsibilities:
automating the installation and scaling of the distributed cache software for the cloud network under development and applying this distributed cache to an adapter component in the cloud network.
“I feel I have learned a great deal in the way of technical knowledge. I feel that I have gained even more experience in the non-technical aspects. It is these skills that will, in the end, mean the difference between an average engineer and a successful engineer.”

Award_Gondaliya_Ravi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Ravi Gondaliya, Aerospace Engineering
Spirit Airlines, Miramar, FL; Technical Operations Department Co-op
Ravi did two rotations of an Engineering Co-op with Spirit Airlines. He worked as a Fleet Specialist in the Technical Operations Department.  Fleet Specialists have expertise in a variety of diverse aircraft sciences like Structures/ Interiors, Avionics, Systems and Powerplant engineering.  He was assigned tasks from the engineers working in all of the above fields of engineering. “The main thing about airline engineering is that every day is filled with excitement because one never knows which part of an airplane will need maintenance.”  He learned about new airplane components, new regulatory compliance policy and new internal Spirit documentation contents.

Award_Huang_Shizhen_Computer_Engineering_sum_2013Shizhen Huang, Computer Engineering
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAVAIR), Orlando, FL; Naval Research Engineering Intern
Shizhen was introduced to the Concept Develop Integrate Laboratory (CDIL), which mainly developed prototype trainers that focus on military communication systems. CDIL is currently developing projects that involve communications and interactive interfaces, collaborating with Lockheed Martin 3D Animation. As a summer intern, Shizhen worked alongside the CDIL team members in HCOT prototype development. When first introduced to HCOT (Helicopter Control Officer Trainer), he wasn’t familiar with systems, therefore  had many things to learn and many questions that needed to be answered.  His responsibilities at the beginning of the internship were mainly to maintain the HCOT computers and to configure the hardware. This included System Configuration, HCOT system testing, and HCOT system troubleshooting.

Denean Kelson, Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Little Rock, AR; Engineering Intern/Design
Denean worked on multiple projects to learn about engineering error including an analysis of rework for the engineering department.  She presented her findings to the Vice President of Engineering at DFJ. Her analysis resulted in an enhancement to the process of charging rework.  She also worked on a project to correct engineering error and the processes involved. This included times when engineers made mistakes or builders found improvements to the design.  Communicating with other departments within the facility and to the facility in France were required.

Award_Mullary_Glenn_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Glenn Mullary, Aerospace Engineering
Eagle Flight Research Center, Daytona Beach, FL; Engineering Intern
Glenn spent the internship testing the feasibility of an electrical-aircraft motor. The motor was designed, mounted, tested, and went through vigorous verification processes. At the end of the internship, the findings concluded that a fully electrical-aircraft motor was not a viable option to use in the aviation industry at this time.

Award_Porter_Brian_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Brian Porter, Aerospace Engineering
GE Aviation, Lynn MA; Engineering Co-op
Brian was assigned to Configurations Design within the Lynn PIC (Product Integration Center) Group. In the PIC, engineers worked with fuel, air, and oil exterior systems along with owning the components that coordinated these systems.  Specifically, the Configurations Design Group dealt with the routing and delivery methods incorporated into the systems to keep the engine running smoothly.  These systems ranged from cooling the engine core to supplying fuel to the spray bars, all of which were crucial for operation.  Responsibilities of his group included properly mounting and designing these delivery systems to withstand in-flight conditions in addition to a lifelong supporting role to ensure their overall function.  These responsibilities stretched over a number of engine lines such as T700 helicopter engines, F414 fighter engines, to NPI (New Product Integration) engines that GE was developing.  He gained an abundance of skills in GE’s engineering 3D design software programs, spending a lot of time learning how to properly design in Unigraphics and 3D Visual Mockup in which he would transfer models to check interfaces and complete trade studies.

Award_Quintero_Nathalie_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Nathalie Quintero, Aerospace Engineering
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA; Engineering Intern
Nathalie worked as an Engineering intern in the Configurations group which was part of Payloads/Interiors Engineering organization,  the largest engineering group within the Boeing Commercial Airplanes organization.  The team worked from the initial stage of an airplane order all the way through the airplane building process.  Her group was responsible for the interior configuration of the 747, 767 and 777 series of commercial jetliners. She realized communication was key to engineering.   She communicated with other Boeing teams across different commodities such as Customer Engineering, Price and Offerability, LOPA designers, Galleys, Seat Engineering, Lavatories and interior décor to verify and testify that the documents to be handed back to the airline customers were correct.

Award_Shi_Fengyi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Fengyi Shi, Aerospace Engineering
Zodiac Aerospace, Gainesville, TX, and Tianjin, China; Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
After working a semester as a manufacturing engineer co-op in TX, Fengyi was sent to China with Zodiac Aerospace to a brand new facility that just opened in Tianjin, China. This new factory would produce aircraft seats for several China airlines. He was in charge of a group of 9 people and taught seat assembly training for the operators of the China facility. He gave them blueprint reading training, assembly training and basic English training based on lessons he had learned in the U.S. and assisted in communications between China and the U.S. facilities.

Award_Smelsky_Aaron_MS Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Aaron Smelsky, M.S. Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Teterboro, NJ; Engineering Co-op
Working as a Sales Engineering Intern taught Aaron about professionalism in the work place and what to expect in industry. His group’s main function was completing Work Requests the sales team received from clients and companies all over the world. The various requests were for aircraft performance calculations such as takeoff and landing capabilities from specific airports or Dassault’s aircraft and some competitors.  The sales team relied on the sales engineering staff to produce high quality professional work to back up their figures in order to sell aircraft.

Award_Worsham_Elizabeth_Mechanical_Engineering_photoElizabeth Worsham, Mechanical Engineering
Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, IN; Engineering Co-op
Elizabeth worked her first co-op rotation as a member of the Repair Engineering group in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Because of the diversity of Repair Engineering, she was able to work on many different engine models, including the AE Series, 501K series, and the Rolls-Royce LiftFan, and work with various Customer Facing Business Units (CFBUs). “My greatest value to the company was that I was able to save them approximately $50,000 in Technical Variances alone.”  Elizabeth completed 18 assignments during her rotation and had several more that were in progress when she left.  She had the opportunity to contribute to both short and long-term projects for various CFBUs, and her work on projects such as the AFRL liftng projects and the feasibility study will have an impact on future results.

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