Academics

NEWS > 2011 News

Pilot to Students: Experience is Key to Successful Career

November 18, 2011

Study hard, keep your options open and seek out opportunities to put your education to work. That was the the advice of Continental Airlines pilot Emerson Allen to a classroom full of Vaughn College students on Thursday (Nov. 17).

Invited by the Office of Career Services and Vaughn's chapter of Women in Aviation International, Allen, a pilot with more than 20 years of experience, shared some of his professional insights with a Vaughn crowd eager to learn more. His message was simple and direct, tinged with anecdotes and altogether well-received.

"Being a pilot is not an easy career; it's not a career that's easy on families," Allen said. "But if you take a poll of people on your street I wonder how many would say, 'I love what I do.' "

Allen studied engineering in college and found his way to a career in aviation. He paid Vaughn a compliment when he told the class: "If I knew about this place when I was in high school I would have enjoyed my college experience more."

He urged Vaughn students to pay attention to academic details even as they attempt to establish a career path for themselves. "Gain as much experience as you can," he said, "and remember commercial is not the only way you can fly. There is charter, government and corporate flying."

Allen admitted the low pay and grinding hours of a novice pilot were a challenge initially; now, he's more comfortable economically and has earned a more family-friendly schedule. "Of course," Allen kidded, "by the time you reach a point where you have, say, 20 days off, your kids are fully grown."

Pilot.jpg

Continental Airlines pilot Emerson Allen chats with Vaughn students on Thursday.

 

 

news

NEWS

July 07, 2014

Vaughn Students Featured in Queens Chronicle Article

Spotlight Story Highlights Relationship Between Vaughn and Port Authority

June 19, 2014

Vaughn College Featured in NY1 News Spotlight Story

Campus Visit Highlights Relationship Between Vaughn and the Port Authority

May 29, 2014

Guest Author Giovanni Bisignani Speaks at Vaughn College

Discussion Focuses on Aviation Industry Improvements

May 28, 2014

JFK Chamber of Commerce Deepens Commitment to Endowed Scholarship

Vaughn College Receives Check at Community Event

May 22, 2014

Career Services Hosts Fourth Annual Employer Appreciation Reception

Representatives from 24 Organizations Are Thanked for Their Supports

May 17, 2014

Class of 2014 is Celebrated at Vaughn's Commencement Ceremony

Over 170 Graduates and their Families in Attendance

View All News