These days, everyone seems focused on jobs. Turn on the TV or open up the newspaper, and stories try to identify “recession-proof” or otherwise attractive fields that should appeal to anxious job-seekers. Consider one of the age-old conversation icebreakers: “What do you do?”
Not too long ago, I went to lunch with a coworker, and I was casually asked by our server where I worked and what I did. You could tell by the server’s facial expressions that she genuinely found the exchange interesting, and that the “wheels were turning,” as they say. It was apparent that she was considering career options she might not otherwise have thought of herself.
This happens more often than you think. Last year, my fellow Ambassablogger, Ryan, was hosting one of our ever-popular ‘Terminals to Tarmac’ Tours of the airport. In his group was a student who wasn’t even thinking about aviation as a career field. Yet Ryan casually mentioned our Summer Internship program — and lo and behold — that student wound up being in our intern program last summer! Even though he wasn’t a “plane buff” per se, the student discovered that his field of study and career focus had important utility in airport settings. Fields like accounting, marketing and human resources — just to name a few examples — cut across the business world.
Consider my own experience of how I got my position with the Airport Authority. I have a master’s degree in community and regional planning, and I’d worked for both county and municipal planning departments in California and my native state of Texas. In between jobs, I did a temporary office assignment that happened to be at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
Not having any background in aviation, I’d never thought about land use planners working at airports. But, as luck would have it, the Airport Authority had a planner position open up, and I soon found myself joining a great team of workers! Now I know that land use planning is a really big part of airports — and I can even write about it here on the Ambassablog for the masses! Who knew?
So, fellow colleagues who enjoy this employee blog, I ask you this question: What do you do at the Authority in your job? How did you discover that your skill-set might work for an airport?
Not everyone can fly a plane, but there is a LOT people can do to make the airport work. Please share your story — using the “comment” link below — and see if you too might plant some inspirational seeds in the minds of some hopeful job-seekers out there.