Dear Airliners.net community:
I am a new member of the online aviation community, and would like to ask a question in regards to airline management and planning. I have always been very passionate about commercial aviation, following current trends and charting the courses that different carriers and manufacturers took as they changed the face of commercial aviation. I find myself in a unique situation, where, after several years as a science and mathematics educator, I am now in a position to pursue a career in the aviation industry. Specifically, I feel I would be an excellent addition as an analyst to an airline's planning, marketing, and profitability departments, or as a corporate trainer to an airline.
My question to the Airliners.net community, then, would be, how might I "get my foot in the door" at an airline?
My work in education has allowed me to focus on curriculum development, streamlining and adjusting science curriculum in order to maximize student retention of the material. I have recently completed a major work through of a laboratory based, sixth-grade science curriculum at my current job. This entailed not only going through a year long series of science experiments, but also rewriting, editing, and updating the series of manuals that serve in lieu of a text for this course. Moreover, my extremely sharp communication and interpersonal/classroom management skills would further make me an ideal candidate for such a position.
Is it possible to break into this field without possession of a business management degree? What should my first steps be? Is there any "inside information" that might make me a more successful or attractive candidate to an airline?