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Transition to Aviation Industry

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 20 October 2015

Senior year is here. I can’t believe it is, but if I look back at my time here…it’s believable. These past three years I met a lot of people and have had a lot of memorable experiences. I will miss this place, but I am going to focus more on the two semesters I still have and I am going to enjoy it while it’s here.

So far my class schedule is extremely easy. I’m only taking 3 classes–tough right? That’s called “planning ahead” and getting the tough classes out of the way before the inevitable senioritis kicks in. Spring semester is going to be similar: 3 classes and an online class. I’m loving senior year already.

One thing I really like about my classes is that they are focused more on transitioning from college out to the workforce. The classroom setting feels more like a discussion amongst everyone rather than a lecture which I really like.

My favorite class by far this semester is called Transition to Aviation Industry. The title pretty much says it all. We are learning how to build a resume, practicing interviews, learning how to network, and actually doing a little networking as part of the class. How do you think we go about networking? Field trips!! I haven’t been on a field trip since high school and it was about time for one!

This year we have been visiting airlines and different companies. We even visited control towers. My favorite so far was visiting PSA airlines. I really would like to work for an airline and that was a great way to get my foot in the door and I really liked their facilities. We have four field trips and 15 different guest speakers coming in to talk to us. I’m liking this whole senior year thing.

Graduation Around the Corner

Rachel Fryan

Rachel Fryan,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 17 February 2015

With graduation right around the corner, the reality of the real world is starting to set in. I am finishing my victory lap with a double major in computer science and visual communications, and I am excited to get into the industry and use this dual skill set.

The technology world is in a high demand and I am finding the Bobcat alumni are equally willing to help fill these spots. Most of my contacts can be attributed to a very successful, distinguished California alumnus, Mr. David Pidwell. Mr. Pidwell graduated from the Russ College with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, and has since become a CEO, earned his doctorate, become a successful investor, and has been a lecturer at Stanford University focusing on entrepreneurship. He is very determined on giving back, and well connected in the Silicon Valley area which is the hub of all technology.

It never ceases to amaze me how much Bobcat alumni are willing to help, in both my VisCom school, but especially within the Russ College. If you’re willing to put in the work, there will always be someone there to help you or connect you where you’re trying to get to. Once a bobcat, always a bobcat!

The Power of Networking

Grant Rhue

Grant Rhue,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 16 January 2013 – Over the break, I explored several internships available within the airline industry. I updated my resume so that it was as complete as possible for submission to the airlines. Through networking with a friend and his dad, I made contact with an Ohio University Alumni, who works for Trans State Airlines. Trans State is a regional carrier operating Embraer regional jets for United Express and US Airways Express.

I sent them my resume and within a few days, I received a phone call from the Director of Flight Training and Safety, who turned out to be one of the founding members of our Alpha Eta Rho flight fraternity chapter at OU. We had a good conversation about the possibility of an internship in St. Louis, and he said that I would hear from them. A few days after New Year’s, I received an internship offer from Trans State in St. Louis for the coming summer. I am really excited about this opportunity to gain industry experience and improve my knowledge and understanding of the regional airline industry.

Membership in Alpha Eta Rho has other benefits beyond networking. Last fall, we took a trip to Hopkins Airport in Cleveland to tour United Airlines facilities there. The picture shows me in the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800 on the tour.


I would urge every student in the Russ College to network as much as possible. OU alumni, faculty, friends, parents, and professionals visiting OU are often willing to guide you and offer internships or job positions. It is important to get involved and be active in student organizations and to give back to the Athens community in various ways. You never know when something will work to help you get an internship or job, and it is great to become involved in a life of helping others.