Conferences, Expos, and Job Fairs
As you can see from the videos above, aviation conferences, career fairs, events and airshows are great places to network and recharge! Not only do you spend a day or two immersed in aviation, but you also meet countless people who become lifelong friends and family. Whether you are an aspiring aviator, or someone established in the industry, these events are highly beneficial to your career and are worth the investment! From scholarship opportunities and inspirational guest speakers, to even receiving job offers on the spot, the connections you make and the opportunities available at these events last a lifetime!
These events are also excellent places to volunteer! Not only will you get a behind-the-scenes access, but you will also get free or heavily-discounted admission to the event! What better way to add volunteer experience to your resume than to do so by spending time around airplanes, networking with aviation enthusiasts, and meeting your heroes while working for a good cause.
Here is a list of annual conferences, airshows and events. The list is not all-inclusive, but these are some of the bigger events that draw the big-name sponsors and aviation enthusiasts from all backgrounds.
In this podcast, James Oniel from Raven Career Development and the hosts of 21.Five discusses ways to network and the importance of conferences and job fairs. Click here and fast forward to 54:43 to hear his thoughts on the importance of job fairs/conferences for established aviators. He also discusses the importance of networking and establishing your foundation in the industry early in your career through attending these types of events.
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals Conference
Women in Aviation Conference
NGPA Industry Expo
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-in Convention
Sun-n-Fun Aerospace Expo