Georgian Skies is an aviation society made up of students from the Aviation Management and Flight Services programs at Georgian College. Their mission is to promote equality in aviation, offering support for other students looking to work in aviation, with a focus on uplifting, encouraging, and motivating each other to fly.
The society hosted speakers and special guests from throughout the aviation industry, from a number of companies and diverse roles within the industry. Georgian Skies did an incredible job in working to ensure their guests provided a variety of perspectives and backgrounds on the career paths available in aviation.
We were proud to have our CRJ FO Sharyn Yu representing Air Georgian at the event. Sharyn spoke about her experience becoming a pilot, the volunteer experiences that helped to shape her career, and how she’s been able to use her career and platform to inspire other young girls and women to pursue a career in aviation.
Sharyn’s advice for future aviators
Everyone is on their own path, and aviation offers diverse destinations to fulfill the goals you have for yourself. Sharyn explains that while your passion, hard-work and motivation are important for helping you to reach your goals, it is important not to forget about your journey along the way.
“You are going to face a lot of choices and decisions as you pursue your career, and you may not always know if you’ve made the right one, but when you get to your destination and are looking back you’re going to recognize that all those decisions you made got you to where you are.” – Sharyn Yu, Air Georgian CRJ FO
In the future you’re going to be able to look back and recognize that everything happened for a reason, and that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. So, don’t let those in-between moments pass you by! Make the most of your journey, make friends, network and create incredible experiences along the way.
Other presenters at the event included representatives from Air Canada, Billy Bishop Airport, Northern Lights Aero Foundation, and more! Each presenter shared a little bit about their journey, and what advice they had for the students. Below we’ve compiled some of the common themes that came up throughout the day:
Find a mentor and look for opportunities to be a mentor.
Many speakers shared the important role that mentors played in their life and career. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone you admire if they can offer advice or support for you along the way. Most people will be honoured that you respect and value their opinion! On the other hand, it’s never too early for you to be a mentor to someone else. If you can inspire or support someone who is little further behind in their journey than you, do so!
Your career path isn’t going to be straight.
You may have an idea of what you want to do in the field of aviation, but that doesn’t mean your career path is going to follow a linear path from point A (where you are now) to point B (where you want to be). Instead it will most likely involve a series of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, and several career changes. This shouldn’t discourage you! This is a natural part of self-discovery and will help to give you clarity on what you truly want your dream job to look like.
You’re going to fail.
Failure is inevitable, so don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dreams. Instead take any failure you experience as an opportunity to learn and grow. People don’t often talk about their failures or bad days, but it is important to recognize that everyone has had them! Let these moments in your career make you stronger and more knowledgeable, rather than letting them be roadblocks.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford
Our final takeaway? Attend events like this! Conferences, career fairs, summits and meet-ups are a great way to meet new people and expand your network. Thank you again to Georgian Skies for the time and energy, they put into developing and organizing such an incredible and inspirational event. We hope to have the opportunity to attend again next year!