captaingomes
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Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 10:13 am

As I progress through the monotony and grief of accounting at York University in Toronto, my dreams of becoming an airline pilot have not subsided. However in the mean time, I would like to enroll in the CGA (Certified General Accounting) program this year. That means I will need a full time job, and would like to start working in the fall. The CGA program requires the student take specific courses and work through the levels of the program. It also requires 3 years of full time employment (they say sometimes 2 is enough though, go figure), with very specific requirements in the workplace. I think I'd be happiest working in an accounting related position in either the aviation or automotive industries, rather than a company in any other industry.

My question to you all is, what are the prospects for somebody like me to get a job related to this in the Toronto area for an airline, or other transportation company in the fall of this year? I frequently see these types of jobs for Westjet in Calgary, but haven't been able to find anything for any of the others, including Air Canada, SkyService, Air Transat, Jetsgo, etc etc. I might have to move to Calgary, and take advantage of their lack of a provincial sales tax, their growing economy, and the growing air traffic at YYC International Airport!  Big grin Maybe I'll even buy myself a snowmobile and be a real Canadian!  Big grin
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slawko
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:11 am

LOL well knowing you Nuno, I'd say your chances are slim to non  Big grin  Big grin  Smile Just kidding, hope someone can help you out....did you try the GTAA??
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captaingomes
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:19 am

Thanks Slawko, I'll remember those comments when I'm your boss!  Big grin

I did consider the GTAA as well. As of now, I haven't sent my resume out anywhere, but I want to get a good idea of what is out there, and where the opportunities are, or might appear.

I know that Air Canada has a link for university students, and positions available for them during their studies. Unfortunately, they have not hired in that area for a while and no indication as to when they might again.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:29 am

Why dont you try Fedex, UPS, or Purolator? They're all based in YYZ.

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captaingomes
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:32 am

True Neil, I never thought of them. I wonder if they have any administrative offices in the area though. Westjet for example doesn't have any positions of this sort in the Toronto area, only in Calgary. It's worth looking into though.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
airplay
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:42 am

There are 4 aviation related jobs in Canada, and I have one of them....

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captaingomes
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:47 am

I was about to ask when you were retiring, then I noticed you live in Winnipeg. You can keep your job.  Big grin
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:55 am

I am going the way of down south my self. I have a guaranteed interview with a major airline, so I am going to take it. I can't wait to get out of the KW area, it sucks here.
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 12:14 pm

Maybe I'll even buy myself a snowmobile and be a real Canadian!

Now your talking Captain!
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 1:15 pm

Ha, Nuno with a snowmobile....or two?



As i have told you Nuno, i will actually get a hold of the guy about ford....I know that you don't want to work for domestic car company, but what choices do you have?

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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 2:21 pm

Ahhh...the GTAA. I hand delivered my resume to the GTAA about five years ago when they actually were hiring for finance-related positions. They sent an insulting letter back saying I wasn't anywhere close to being qualified for it...their loss. They're not hiring now and employees I've talked to who work there say it's worth it...even if you're into aviation.

WestJet is always looking for people and supposedly they're a good group to work for. And Calgary is a really nice city.

By the way, Air France's North American HQ is located in NYC and they always have finance related vacancies. French fluency is required for many of them. Yeah, I know how some Canadians think about the "evil US", but it is an option.

I'm in the midst of a career change myself and want to get into the commercial aviation industry and I can tell you that things are slow out there! If this is your dream, you may have to relocate somewhere that you don't particularity like to pursue it! But then, who said following your dreams would be easy?
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 2:37 pm

Thanks for the replies so far! Bojicat, it's too bad the GTAA didn't show any interest in you at the time. I will definitely give them a try though, as the airport authorities probably make money in Canada, as opposed to the airlines themselves.

Grant, I would never turn down a job at Ford, but I know I'd be happier working for an airline, or then some of the other car manufacturers. I'm just in the process of choosing my favourites at this point and aiming high in hopes that I can actually work for a company that I really would enjoy. But I know in reality I'll be working for a company that I don't care much about, and I'll end up liking the job and the challenge anyways.

Regarding relocating, I wouldn't rule that out, although my preference would be to stay in this area. If a truly great opportunity presented itself outside Toronto, I would move, otherwise, I'd stay here.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 3:15 pm

Well, it would really depend on what you want to do, I suppose. I did try going down that route a while ago. But it's like what Bojicat said, it's really hard unless if you're okay with relocation.

Most of AC's stuff's in Montreal, and when I fired a resume their way a couple of years ago, they only had staff openings in the Montreal area. Not sure what it's like now, though.

Then I tried NavCanada, I didn't mind spending eight months in Cornwall for the course. But realized I probably wouldn't survived if I had to move to someplace like La Ronge just because they needed staff there for an indefinite period. But if you were applying for a financial position, I suppose that could be a possibility.

Sent a resume into GTAA, but didn't hear anything back at all. I suppose my previous career had no measurable value with them. Oh well.

When I started flying, I looked at a few places looking for tempwork, but couldn't find any. Not even work as a dispatcher (thought I had a few connections at Air Georgian), because those slots were taken up by flying instructors who couldn't find a job anywhere else.

In the end, I had to go somewhere else anyway, packed up and left. I really miss Canada, but I found an opportunity that I really couldn't give up...
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 3:48 pm

You could look into NavCanada, too...
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 4:00 pm

Captaingomes: Well, the GTAA is hiring for some financial positions right now. However, the positions require at least two years of experience plus the designation you so desire.

NavCanada, as Buckfifty suggested, also has accounting vacancies. They also require some work experience (yet no designation) plus bilingualism in French and English. I'm assuming they're Ottawa-based, if you really want to move there.

Buckfifty: How do you like Oz? I've always wanted to go down there.
 
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RE: Aviation Jobs In Canada

Mon Feb 03, 2003 5:45 pm

It's hot. Bloody hot. It was 47C here last weekend...

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