The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current tertiary aviation education and future careers: Students’ perspective

Miani, Peter and Kille, Tarryn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4029-5865 and Lee, Seung-Yong and Zhang, Yahua ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1522-3402 and Bates, Paul Raymond (2021) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current tertiary aviation education and future careers: Students’ perspective. Journal of Air Transport Management, 94:102081. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0969-6997


Abstract

This study investigates Australian undergraduate tertiary aviation students' perceptions of the aviation industry and skills required to succeed following the COVID-19 pandemic. By developing an understanding of the skills students perceive to be necessary for their careers following the COVID-19 pandemic, comparisons can be drawn with industry perspectives to determine whether these perspectives align and, more importantly, support students’ successful development of skills as sought by the industry. An online survey of current undergraduate tertiary aviation students at Australian universities was conducted to determine the perceived impediments, additional skills required, post-graduation plans and how university courses should evolve post-COVID-19. The results show that students are cognisant of the current oversupply of aviation professionals due to the downturn in the industry and are seeking further support with the development of non-technical skills to better prepare themselves to be competitive following graduation. These findings have implications for both undergraduate aviation students and universities offering an undergraduate aviation program. By considering these findings universities can adapt their programs to better prepare students and support the development of skilled aviation professionals, equipped to deal with challenges of the post-COVID-19 aviation industry.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 00:22
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 06:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; University education; Undergraduate aviation; Aviation education; Pilot training
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains > 350999 Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880399 Aerospace Transport not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
27 TRANSPORT > 2701 Aerospace transport > 270199 Aerospace transport not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2021.102081
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41952

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