Camaraderie And Support

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. A nonprofit, independent institution, Embry-Riddle offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona; and through its Worldwide Campus online and at numerous locations in the United States and abroad. With a $340 million budget and 2,000 full-time employees, the university employs faculty and staff in 40 states and eight countries.

Faculty and staff at Embry-Riddle enjoy an environment where career enhancement and advancement opportunities abound. Those who have an interest in gaining new skills may attend conferences and seminars, obtain certifications, and pursue advanced education. The tuition-waiver program, which provides free Embry-Riddle tuition to employees and their immediate families, is one of the most popular benefits. The educational loan program, which provides funding for education at another institution, is also popular for those who are seeking doctoral degrees.

Employment opportunities range from campus-specific entry-level groundskeepers and administrative support to faculty administration and executive staff at all three campuses.

Embry-Riddle’s roots are with the military, and veterans make up about 13 percent of the employee population. The university values veterans because of their dedication, their passion, and most of all their leadership skills.


A VETERAN SUCCESS | AIMEE AGEE

Aimee Agee served in the Air Force for 11 years before separating as an E-6/technical sergeant in September 2014. At the time of her separation, she was as an airman leadership school instructor directly responsible for instruction and development of more than 300 airmen seeking to become first line supervisors. She was also a resiliency training assistant, aircraft armament specialist, aircraft debrief technician, and commander support staff member. Agee joined Embry-Riddle right after separating from the Air Force; she is currently an assistant campus director at the Laughlin Air Force Base Campus in Del Rio, Texas. She promotes the university and its programs at local college fairs and briefings, and she is responsible for registration, matriculation applications, and the maintenance of student data.

Separating from the Air Force was a very scary experience for Agee. However, she now enjoys camaraderie and support from her Embry-Riddle colleagues who helped make her transition into the civilian sector smoother than she thought it would be.

Agee’s final position in the Air Force prepared her well for a civilian employment search. As an airman leadership school instructor, she saw students graduating with college credit hours and became very motivated to complete her own undergraduate degree in adult and career education.

She spent seven years in the Air Force before starting work on her undergraduate degree. Because of this experience, she encourages others to pursue their education earlier. She said the military focused her to be proficient at a job and a better overall person by offering courses in subjects such as resiliency, human relations, and supervisory skills. “The military is not a job,” she said, “it is a lifestyle – a lifestyle that makes us better people. A lifestyle that demands camaraderie, synergy, discipline, and compassion.”

Agee believes the same is true at Embry-Riddle. “The people I work with on a daily basis know what it means to function as a unit,” she said. “The camaraderie, synergy, discipline, and compassion I experienced in my 11 years of service are present at Embry-Riddle every day.”

For those looking for civilian opportunities, Agee recommends preparation. “Prepare yourself so that when you leave the military, you can find the next place that will be a lifestyle and not just a job,” she said.

Thursday November 5, 2015

This article appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of Search & Employ Magazine