Alumni Career Spotlight: Kristen Seaman

Kristen Seaman, DB 2009

Kristen Seaman is a May 2009 graduate of the Applied Meteorology program at the Daytona Beach campus. She is currently a Coordinator for the Communications Department at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and is in flight training working toward her Private Pilot Certificate (see photo of her t-shirt cutting after her first solo flight).

As a meteorology graduate, what made you decide to enter the field of communications?

I actually have a minor in Professional Communication from ERAU in addition to my Applied Meteorology degree. However, written and verbal communication has always been a strength of mine, dating back to my spelling bee days in elementary school. I think that my concentration in media, as well as my minor, set me up perfectly for a career in communications. I took many writing and television courses that strengthened my writing and presentation skills.

How have your education and previous experiences prepared you for your position at AOPA?

My job at AOPA is multifaceted. As a coordinator, I work directly under our Vice President of Communications, as well as with a team of media, PR, and event planning professionals. What someone might not expect is how much I actually integrate my degree into my job. Because everyone knows that I was meteorology major, I was asked to be our on-site meteorologist for the major air shows that we attend each year. This year at Sun ’n Fun, I sent out a forecast to our team each morning and monitored the meteorological conditions throughout the day so that we were prepared for any potential severe weather events. I am also heading up a new initiative at AOPA that includes revamping our emergency procedures, as well as bringing in a National Weather Service representative to do Storm Spotter training for our employees. I had this training as an ERAU student.

How has your Embry-Riddle degree opened doors for you in the course of your career?

My career path thus far has had its twists and turns through a combination of great mentors, connections made through former classmates, and internship opportunities. During my junior year, I had an internship that included writing two articles for publishing in Weatherwise magazine. Since then, I have received other offers to write articles, and I have also been invited for the second year in a row to speak about aviation weather at the Howard University Weather Camp. Additionally, my previous and current jobs were both found through the Weekly Job List sent out by Career Services.

What advice do you have for graduates who are considering a career outside of their degree?

Someone considering a career outside of their degree should know that just because your job title doesn’t include the words “Meteorologist,” “Engineer” “Pilot,” etc., it doesn’t mean that you won’t apply the skills that you learned from your degree program in your position. Most people make the decision on what to major in at a young age, when they aren’t completely sure of their strengths. Your degree is just a starting point, and you may eventually find yourself at a job within your field that doesn’t fulfill your expectations. The connections you make in college and beyond will take you farther than you ever thought possible.  Don’t underestimate the value of a connection outside your field. Just like you, your former classmates and colleagues have probably taken different paths throughout their careers. Network connections are always a great resource when you begin considering other options that peak your interest. Next time you’re sitting in class or attending an alumni event, look around. The person next to you could be the key to landing your next great opportunity.

Best Job Search Resources on Twitter

by Alicia Smyth

Twitter has helped to make celebrities and political figures more accessible, so it makes sense that the micro-blogging site can also make companies, recruiters, and career development professionals easier to reach as well. Twitter also serves as a great resource for keeping you up to date on news and current trends in the industry, which is very useful in helping you to prepare for a career fair or job interview. Some companies and recruiters even post jobs on Twitter.

Below, you will find a list of recommended people/companies to follow if you are searching for a job in the aviation/aerospace industries. Think of this as a macro-blog #FF (twit speak for “it’s Friday, so here is a long list of tweeters we recommend that you follow”).

Embry-Riddle:

@ERAU_Alumni

@ERAU_CareerSvcs

Companies:

@BoeingCareers

@DOSCareers

@GECareers

@GulfstreamJobs

@RaytheonJobs

@SFOMgmtJobs

@UPSJobs

Job Search Experts:

@BrazenCareerist

@CareerBliss

@CareerBuilder

@CareerRookie

@ComeRecommended

@GIJobsMagazine

@Glassdoordotcom

@InterviewAngel

@JobHuntOrg

@JobJuice

@MonsterCollege

@NewGradLife

@QuintCareers

@ResumeBear

@SimplyHired

@USNewsCareers

@Wetfeet_Career

Job Postings:

@AerospaceJobs

@AerotekAviation

@amt_jobs

@AvWeekJobs

@DiceTechJobs

@indeed

@FindAPilot

@JobCentral

@JSFirm

@JSFirmEngineer

@SpaceandDefense

@TweetaJob

@TwitJobSearch

Professional Organizations:

@AAAEDelivers

@AOPAOnline

@ASCETweets

@IEEEUSA

@NBAA

@NSBEConvention

@NSPE

@SWETalk

@WomeninAviation

Industry News:

@aviationblogs

@AvWeek

@FLSpaceReport

@GoodPilotNews

@Plane_Talking

Resources:

Alicia Smyth has been with the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000. In her time at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in roles with Prescott and Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Alicia currently serves as the director and information systems manager for Career Services and loves all things social media and technology. 

Live from AOPA

Kristy Amburgey, our associate director and employer relations manager, is at the AOPA Aviation Summit this week representing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a Trade Show Representative. Below, Kristy shares a little insight into her experience, along with some photos taken on her smartphone:

Held in Hartford, CT this year, the AOPA AviationEmbry-Riddle booth at AOPA Summit is a three-day event with static displays at the local airport and many different exhibitors in the convention center in downtown Hartford. Closest to the Embry-Riddle booth are Landmark Aviation, Meggitt PLC, Champion Aerospace, MassDOT and Baldwin Aviation although many more companies are represented. We are enjoying the wonderful comradery and networking that AOPA brings to the aviation community.

The Embry-Riddle booth saw a variety of visitors, including alumni and their families, employers seeking ERAU candidates and prospective students. Many people stopped by to tell us their Embry-Riddle stories, and it was great to hear stories both humorous and heartwarming. It is amazing how many people have been impacted by Embry-Riddle in some way. We have heard wonderful success stories from our alumni, and had to meet some our current students. Professionals from many fields have also stopped to talk shop.

The AOPA Aviation Summit promises even more excitement over the next few days, and our group can’t wait to meet and get to know even more attendees.


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