SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1741 times:
I have interviewed a lot of applicants for pilot and other airline positions and have one comment about ERAU.
Someone there sells their students on it being the "Harvard of the Air" These misguided alumnoids then have their diplomas reduced and carry them in their wallets. They will state in the first thirty seconds of an interview (or any other conversation) that they went to Embry Riddle.
Now what is wrong with that?
Since the people who are interviewing you also went to college, there are only two possibilities.
1. They also attended Embry Riddle and will not be impressed. or
2. They attended some other school and find your school-snobbery offensive.
So if you do go to ERAU that is fine, it is probably a good school, but don't wave it like a flag or swing it like a hammer. Everyone went to school somewhere.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1733 times:
While I was at Riddle (early 80's), the Career Center wasn't much use at all, at least to me. They weren't the size they are now, and didn't have the placement programs or assistance they do now, at least for airport-types like me. That was my primary problem with my Riddle experience. That said.....:
.....I was fortunate enough to, while I was job-hunting in L.A., to run across a gentleman that had spent his career (30-odd years at the time) in airport managment, running various airports in the southwest U.S. He saw in me someone who was excited about entering the profession, and had a degree from a respected university. He was someone who gave back to the profession by not only helping me get started, but doing the same for quite a number of my fellow airport managment types around the country. He left SoCal for another airport management job in the mid-80's (we actually got a letter from his wife in the mail yesterday)
So, while the degree is a definite plus and a necessity, and the knowledge gained from the numerous airport-specific courses I took was invaluable, it also helped to be enthusiastic about the industry, and, in my case, to have a mentor that's happy to take you under his wing.
As you get more experience in your chosen field, you'll find that people will look less and less at your degree, and more and more at what you've done since. Nowadays, my 20 years in airport managment, as well as my networking in various trade associations means much more than the degree. But the degree is what gets you noticed and started in the industry.
As SlamClick says, its fine to be proud of your school, but it doesn't mean we're better than everyone else (I never thought I was). I've worked with people here that went to UND, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Illinois, Northeast Louisiana, as well as Riddle. All fine schools with excellent aviation programs.
For me, it was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. And I'm sure it would have been the same if I'd gone to college elsewhere.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1712 times:
Wasn't that Mohammed Atta's flightschool ?
Yes and no. Yes there was a Mohanned Atta that attended the school. No it wasn't the one that crashed one of the aircraft into the WTC, the one that attended the school is still alive and flying for an airline elsewhere in the world.