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Master of Aviation Management
The Master of Aviation Management course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to approach the unique managerial challenges in the aviation industry and across transportation services in general. The degree targets specialisations throughout the industry including flight crews, maintenance, ground crews, customer service, engineering streams and administration. Positions within military and government authorities may also benefit from the specialised skills offered as part of this degree. The program combines elements of the Master of Business Administration with courses targeted specifically towards the aviation industry and the specific challenges with aviation people management.
Entry into this degree will typically require previous qualifications or experience in the aviation industry. This can be in a wide range of areas and need not be restricted to technical positions. The Master of Aviation Management will not provide students with specific qualifications but rather give an opportunity to apply existing knowledge and skills at a managerial level.
The Master of Aviation Management is an online course offered over 3 trimesters when studied full time, or a part time equivalent.
The following list provides some example jobs for Master of Aviation Management graduates. The various Types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Aviation Management employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of industries within small, medium and large organisations. Below is an example of some major organisations which formally target graduates with qualifications in Aviation Management.
- Australian Defence Force (International)
- Aviation Australia (Australia)
- AVWest (Australia)
- Boeing Australia (Australia)
- Lockheed Martin Australia (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs