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Embry Riddle

Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:15 pm

I'm not sure which forum this thread should be in, but here goes anyway!

I am looking to do either an aviation management degree or a business administration in aviation degree at Embryr Riddle (preferably at Daytona!

Anyway, what I would like to know is do airlines look for these qualifications when hiring and also, has anyone here attended the afore mentioned college/university?


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RE: Embryr Riddle

Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:21 pm

It's called Embry Riddle.

Wasn't that Mohammed Atta's flightschool ?

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RE: Embry Riddle

Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:09 pm

From a fellow ERAU student... If you want to get into business, go to a business school...

If you want to fly or design planes, then come to ERAU.
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RE: Embry Riddle

Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:27 pm

No it was not Mohammed's flight school. He trained at some place down around vero beach I believe it was. From everything I have been told he was not trained here at Riddle.
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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:47 am

From someone that just passed his 20th year in airport management, and earned his his ERAU BS degree in Aviation Management, go for it. You won't regret it.

Great school, the beach is only six miles away, Orlando is an hours drive away, and that's where I became a Darrell Waltrip fan  Big grin.

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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:52 am

VS045- I am an alumnus with an ABA degree as well. Please PM me if you'd like info; I'd be happy to share my insights, good, bad and ugly.

As someone who's done MBA recruiting at several schools for 2 diff major carriers, I can lend some thoughts as to what some employers look for.
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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:19 am

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.
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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:02 am

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.

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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:33 am

A DC-10 captain told me this joke yesterday:

Q:How do you know if somebody went to Embry Riddle?
A: Don't worry about it, he'll tell you!

He was an ERAU graduate himself.

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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:10 am

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.
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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:26 am

riddle may be pricey, but the connections i made there are priceless..... i know a lot of ppl in the industry bc of ERAU
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RE: Embry Riddle

Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:53 pm

Quoting SlamClick (reply 6):
1. They also attended Embry Riddle and will not be impressed. or

As a graduate of ERAU Master's program, I have to say I would be impressed. To deny the ERAU job hunter is to give myself an open handed slap across the face.
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