It’s no secret that those of us who work in the aviation industry enjoy a lot of perks that come with the job, least of which is perhaps that of changing time-zones faster and more frequently than any group of people you might be in the same room, combined! Those of us who form part of the cabin crew are often singled out as some of the luckiest people working in the industry, with perhaps only pilots enjoying more perks than we do.
As fun as it may be being able to visit all these places, we do work incredibly hard. What most people don’t know however is that there are so many more career opportunities within the aviation industry and even in support of the aviation industry – exciting careers which are even the envy of us flight attendants. If you’re considering making a career in the aviation industry, please first take moment to read up about what’s actually available in abundance before you ask me to recommend you as a cabin crew member.
Holiday & Travel Destination Marketing
When I speak about other careers in the aviation industry which are the envy of even us flight attendants, this is exactly what I’m talking about – holiday and travel marketing! How it works is that there are huge underlying companies which operate parallel to aviation, a good example of which are travel consultancy type businesses. These companies basically operate in support of the entire process of booking and going on a trip, whether it’s for business or leisure purposes and taking a look at one of these companies’ balance sheet tells a story of great opportunity waiting to be capitalised on. eDreams Odigeo profits come into focus as an example of one such company which is doing extremely well in what was once a niche market, making for some impressive reading, however for the keen traveller who themselves has a keen nose for marketing, a unique opportunity to share in those profits is available.
To drill right down to the core of this market, basically there are some people who effectively get paid to go on holiday and/or they get to enjoy hugely discounted trips and accommodation in exchange for putting the brands and companies they’re called upon to represent out there. Something like a travel blogger springs to mind as the perfect example of someone who is involved in holiday and travel destination marketing, collaborating with industry brands such as eDreams Odigeo and what has grown into a popular industry is taking off in a rather big way!
I sure wouldn’t mind exchanging my flight attendant job for that of a travel marketer!
For those who are more of the technical ilk, the aviation industry has careers of that sort, galore! I’m particularly pleased with the fact that more and more women are taking up their positions in the technical arena of aviation, with quite a lot of female aircraft technicians getting their hands dirty and fixing aircraft for a living! Can you just imagine being able to say that you formed part of the team of technicians who fitted a brand new engine on the Airbus A380 that’s taxying on the runway as we speak?
It goes beyond that however, with aircraft engineering and even rocket scientists working the runways and the airports, making for just a few of the many exciting technical careers in aviation.
Coordination & Correspondence
Air-traffic control should perhaps come to mind as one of the more well-known careers in the coordination and correspondence side of the aviation industry, but this leg of the industry also offers a lot more exciting careers. For one, try being the floor manager of a major airport just for one day and in addition to going to bed totally out of it at night, you will get to meet a lot of interesting people as well as enjoy some interesting encounters, such as a fit eighty year old man who has no problem running from one end of the airport to the other to catch his connecting flight.
The bottom line is that aviation is big business and to the outsider looking in, finding your career within the industry can make for the perfect channel for you to share in the huge profits generated by the industry and its supporting industries and markets.