John R. Fadroski graduated in December 2018 from the Aviation Maintenance Science program and is currently working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation in Seattle, WA.
What does your current role entail?
At Panasonic I am the 2nd shift team lead. My main job duties consist of scheduling the daily tasks for each member of my team, verifying my team members are up to date on all of their company paperwork and trainings, and assisting the team with basically anything that can help them complete their daily tasks both in the field and in the office.
What has been the secret to your success?
Literally just going for it. I never let anything stop me from applying for a position or talking to someone about one. Even if I felt I was under qualified or inexperienced for a position, I still just went for it. It never hurts to send in an application or to carry a conversation, because you don’t know what will happen. I got my internship by walking up to a company and asking “What do you do?” And I stepped directly into a management position directly out of college because I applied for it, called to check in on my application, and nailed the interview. Employers do not come to ERAU looking for the highest trained applicants. They come looking for people with a good attitude that are trainable. A company can teach you everything you need to know to do your job, but they can’t teach you how to act in a professional setting.
What are some of your tips for successful networking for students/alumni?
Go to EVERYTHING! Career fair and company functions are obvious. Go to the presentations being offered on campus, go to the conventions in the area (e.g., NBAA, other schools’ career fairs, etc.). You never know who you will meet.
What advice do you have for graduating students to be successful in the transition to the workforce?
Do your best to not limit yourself. We get stuck in the idea of a “simple plan” (i.e., I’ll just go home to the family and find a job). If that’s what you want, that’s great, do that; but don’t let it limit your potential. ERAU will open doors you didn’t know existed just by meeting the right people. My internship was in Miami and I wouldn’t have been there without the career fair. I took a job in Seattle WA (I’m from Florida, I don’t have anyone out here, but I didn’t let that hold me back). I wouldn’t have found this job if I had skipped Panasonic’s on-campus company info session, where I got to meet the HR director and have a 1-on-1. Just keep going for it, you literally never know who you will meet or what you will learn.