Uwa Odefa Obasi and her team are responsible for talent
acquisition management at the Nordic Aviation Group, Xfly and Nordica. Her 15
years of experience in strategic HR management are a good platform for guiding talents
towards the stairway of an aviation career.
Uwa, passionate about employer
branding, employee engagement and wellbeing, as well as about “HR as business
partner”, she is often the first impression of the company for newcomers. If
you want to span your wings in aviation, here is some of her advice to you.
"Did you know that careers in aviation come in all forms from
flight crew to data analysts? If you’ve ever wondered if a career in aviation
is for you, I’m here to tell you it could be. And if you haven’t considered it,
you should; it’s an inspiring sector to build a lifelong rewarding career in.
If you’re not sure how to begin, perhaps these tips might help," - Uwa Odefa Obasi, Talent Acquisition Management
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First off, if you do not have aviation-specific qualifications
or education, that is not a problem as careers in aviation come in different
forms, including traditional professional roles such as Human Resources,
Finance, Marketing, IT, Legal and data analytics.
And some of the roles like
Crew Control just require you to be solution-oriented and have a positive
can-do attitude, and we’ll equip you with the skills you need to succeed
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- Determine your
passion. If you play into your passion, which are usually your strengths,
your chances of success increase exponentially. Are you a people person,
do you like numbers and statistics, do you like to get your hands dirty,
do you like to pull things apart and put them back together, do you find
yourself always making pitches and advocating for something or someone?
All of these can help you pinpoint where you can start your career. There
are several free online professional and self-assessment tools you can
use. If you have any non-industry experience, then list out the skills and
qualifications you have and determine which of these are transferable or
related to aviation jobs.
- Do your
research. Find out what kinds of jobs exist in the aviation industry, what
qualifications, skills and experiences are required and determine which of
them are a match for your passion, skills, and experience.
- Start small. Internships or
part-time opportunities are a great way to kickstart your journey and gain
the hands-on experience that will speed up your journey in aviation.
- Build a
professional network. The aviation community has
several professional groups and networks on LinkedIn that you can join.
You can also follow the LinkedIn pages of your favourite aviation
companies. Be sure to engage as part of these
communities, that’s how you learn from experienced professionals and
- Get qualified. If you can
afford the resources, including time, then find an academic course or
program that will give you the start you need. The Estonian Aviation
Academy, the Xfly Aviation Academy and similar educational institutions
around Europe offer courses for a variety of aviation professions,
including short foundation courses.