What to expect when studying for a career in aviation management?
The skies have always inspired humans, whether it's the thought of exploring new destinations or the sheer marvel of flight. As the aviation industry continues to grow, so does the need for qualified professionals to manage its intricate operations.
According to Statista, in 2023, the global market size of the aviation industry was estimated at just under 841.5 billion U.S. dollars, a seven per cent increase in value from the year before.
The aviation industry, often viewed through the lens of pilots and cabin crew, is underpinned by a network of professionals ensuring that each flight, each passenger, and each cargo delivery is managed seamlessly. At the heart of this network are aviation managers, the unsung heroes ensuring the smooth operation of an industry that never sleeps.
If you're considering a degree in aviation management, you're poised to embark on an exciting journey towards a rewarding career. Let's dive into what you can expect during this academic and professional voyage.
1. An Interdisciplinary Approach
Aviation management is more than just understanding how planes work. The curriculum covers a diverse range of subjects including finance, operational management, safety protocols, human resources, and even law. This holistic education ensures that graduates are well-rounded, and equipped to tackle challenges from various aspects of the industry.
2. Hands-on Experience
Many programmes offer students the opportunity to intern or work in real-world aviation settings. This might be at airports, with airlines, or aviation consulting firms. Through these experiences, students can apply their classroom learning to practical situations, making the transition from student to professional smoother.
3. Emphasis on Global Perspective
The aviation industry is inherently international. From understanding global supply chain management to cross-border aviation laws and regulations, students will be taught to think globally. This is especially crucial in an age where collaboration and understanding between countries are paramount for successful aviation operations.
4. Soft Skills Development
While technical knowledge is essential, the aviation industry also values professionals with stellar communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Expect your course to have modules or workshops dedicated to developing these crucial soft skills, preparing you not just as a manager but also as a leader.
5. Continuous Learning
The aviation industry is dynamic. Technologies change, regulations evolve, and new challenges emerge. As an aviation management student, you must adopt a mindset of continuous learning. Universities often emphasise staying updated, offering seminars, workshops, and additional courses even after graduation.
6. Networking Opportunities
Your time at university will introduce you to like-minded peers, industry veterans, and guest lecturers from various segments of the aviation world. These connections can be invaluable as you move forward in your career, providing mentorship, job opportunities, and industry insights.
7. Varied Career Opportunities
Graduates aren’t limited to a single career path. With a degree in aviation management, you could venture into airport management, airline operations, safety and compliance roles, consulting, or even further academic research.
8. Ethical and Sustainable Management
Given the current global focus on sustainability, expect your curriculum to touch upon the importance of sustainable aviation practices. Understanding the environmental impact and working towards greener solutions is a core component of modern aviation management.
Portobello Institute MSc in Aviation Management graduate Tara Finn works as Head of Business Development at Cork Airport.
“I am working in the career I want. I’ve always wanted to work in aviation, so this course is the perfect fit.
“I think the experience of the master’s has been great for my personal development. I was new to Business Development when I started it, so the MSc definitely built my confidence, and the academic side broadened my knowledge from a general perspective,” she said.
Choosing to study aviation management is choosing a future filled with opportunities, challenges, and the chance to be part of an industry that connects the world. As the world gets smaller and the skies busier, aviation professionals play an increasingly crucial role in keeping us all moving smoothly and safely.
So, if you're ready to spread your wings and aim high, a degree in aviation management might just be the launchpad you need. Safe travels on your academic journey!